Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNEP Launches Adaptation Gap Report 2014 [viewed]

limacop206 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched its Adaptation Gap Report 2014 on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The report aims to identify adaptation needs and realities on the ground and focuses on funding, technology and knowledge gaps in developing countries. The report states that, by 2050, the annual cost of adaptation in developing countries will likely reach two to three times the US$70-100 billion previously estimated, even if mitigation goals are met.

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WRI, ICLEI, C40 Launch Global Standard for Measuring Municipal GHG Emissions [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have created a standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The organizations launched the 'Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC)' at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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ICRAF Launches Climate-Smart Landscapes Publication at GLF [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 December 2014: A book titled ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice' was launched on the sidelines of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened in Lima, Peru, on 6-7 December 2014. The book, whose publication was led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), brings together research and case studies by 86 authors from 44 institutions on the tools, methods and pathways used to create sustainable multi-functional landscapes, particularly in the fight against climate change.

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Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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FAO, World Bank Quantify Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Ukraine [viewed]

fao-worldbank5 December 2014: The national annual benefits from no-till conservation agriculture in Ukraine could counterbalance natural capital depletion caused by soil erosion, according to an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank. Their report, titled ‘Ukraine: Soil Fertility to Strengthen Climate Resilience,' provides recommendations on addressing soil erosion, climate change impacts and excessive land tillage in Ukraine.

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ITF, ITDP Event Explores Transport's Role in INDCs, NAMAs [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: Participants explored how technology is unlocking mitigation potential in the transport sector at an event convened on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Policymakers at the event explained how technological advancements can support Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) under the UNFCCC, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNFPA, UNIDO Event Reviews Data Sharing Across UN System [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a UN system-wide event on 'Data, Knowledge and Innovation for Climate Action' on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Panelists focused on ways knowledge partnerships can integrate climate information into broader sustainability discussions, including through combining climate models with socio-economic data to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

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UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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IPCC, WMO Event Explores Different Applications of AR5 [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized a side event on 'The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): A User's Perspective.' Held on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the event presented ways the AR5 is put to practice by policymakers, business and civil society and explored ideas for making it more user-friendly.

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