Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Releases Asia-Pacific Forestry Briefs [viewed]

FAOApril 2012: Policy briefs resulting from the second Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS II) highlight concerns with biodiversity loss in the region, a need for improved governance and better forest management at the field level, and a call for enhanced training and awareness of forestry issues. APFSOS II was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNFCCC Releases Review of Lithuania's GHG Inventory [viewed]

13 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Lithuania submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/LTU).

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Ministers Adopt Andean Environment Agenda, Water Resources Management Action Plan [viewed]

11 April 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) has approved the Andean Environmental Agenda (known by its Spanish acronym AAA) for the period 2012-2016, outlining common actions and capacity-building measures regarding climate change, biodiversity and water resources for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and the Action Plan for implementing CAN's Andean Strategy for Integrated Management of Water Resources (known by its Spanish acronym GIRH).

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Horn of Africa Meeting Launches Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience [viewed]

4 April 2012: A joint meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers responsible for Agriculture, Livestock, Water Resource, Environment, Arid Lands and Drought Disaster Management with High Level Development Partners has committed to establish the Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth to improve coordination and harmonization of investments and policy.

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OAS Sponsors Dialogues on Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

OASApril 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) has sponsored a series of thematic "hemispheric dialogues," intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development to submit to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, both taking place in June 2012.

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FCPF Meetings Address REDD+ Readiness Programmes [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Participants Committee and the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which are hosted at the World Bank, recently held discussions on national readiness programmes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) of a number of countries.

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OECD Working Paper Reports on Adaptation-related Biotechnology [viewed]

OECD26 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper that shows an increase in innovations in adaptation-related agricultural biotechnology, with the development of crops that are resilient to drought, saline soils and extreme temperatures.

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IOC Assesses Climate Vulnerability of South-West Indian Ocean Islands [viewed]

13 April 2012: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) project on climate change adaptation, titled "Acclimate," has released five assessments of climate change vulnerability in the South-West Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France) and the Seychelles. For each case, the reports provide qualitative assessments of climate vulnerability across various sectors including: integrated water management; fisheries; risk and disaster management; energy; food security; and security and sovereignty.

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UNESCO Chair on Climate Technology Launched in Beijing [viewed]

UNESCO10 April 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the official launch of the UNESCO Chair at the Beijing Institute of Technology and the China Science and Technology Exchange Centre. The Chair aims to promote knowledge dissemination, technology development and transfer, and information sharing among developing countries on applicable technology for climate change.

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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