Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CBD Secretariat Issues Notification on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

CBD17 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification on incorporating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in advance of the adoption of a post-2015 framework for DRR that will succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA). The document (SCBD/SAM/DC/DCo/VA/83873) highlights opportunities "to raise awareness of the importance of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to achieving DRR objectives."

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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits [viewed]

slocat17 September 2014: An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion during the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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Compliance Committee Releases Report for Lima [viewed]

UNFCCC17 September 2014: In preparation for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10), the Compliance Committee to the CMP has issued its ninth annual report to the CMP. The report (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/2) summarizes the work of, and matters addressed by, the Committee during the period from 9 September 2013 to 5 September 2014.

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WMO Workshop Focuses on Improving Climate Services in Asian LDCs [viewed]

WMO17 September 2014: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regional workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in least developed countries (LDCs) brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of eight Asian LDCs, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen.

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CEM Partnership Releases Energy Savings Guide [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial10 September 2014: The Energy Management Working Group of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has launched a guide to help organizations in assessing the impacts of energy efficiency projects. The publication presents a simple and practical guide to performing measurement and verification (M&V) for a project and quantifying related savings.

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SBI and SBSTA 41 Annotated Provisional Agendas Released [viewed]

UNFCCC16 September 2014: In order to assist delegations in their preparations, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas and annotations for the 41st meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 41). The documents (FCCC/SBI/2014/9 and FCCC/SBSTA/2014/3) contain the meetings' provisional agendas, originally released on 2 September, with annotations.

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Nepal Identifies Drivers of Forest Loss [viewed]

unredd15 September 2014: The Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal has assessed the country's drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in order to develop policy options for REDD+. The assessment includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of previous forest policies and measures, and reports on four key drivers of forest loss that vary across Nepal's biophysical, ecological and social landscapes.

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IEA Measures Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA9 September 2014: A book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies and quantifies a broad range of positive impacts of energy efficiency, repositioning it as a mainstream tool for economic and social development. Noting that the traditional focus on energy efficiency as a tool for energy savings has prevented appreciation of its full value, the study argues that energy efficiency is a “hidden fuel” that can enhance the sustainability of the energy system, support strategic economic and social development objectives, and promote environmental goals and prosperity.

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UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance [viewed]

CAF10 September 2014: The Development Bank for Latin America (CAF) hosted a workshop to strengthen the capacity of Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries to assess the financing needs associated with climate change adaptation.

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