Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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Workshop Seeks to Guide Research, Science-Based Adaptation Strategies in the Andean Region [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE28 November 2013: 'The Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources.

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World Bank, WMO Call for Improved Weather and Climate Forecasting [viewed]

worldbank-wmo27 November 2013: A World Bank report, titled 'Weather and Climate Resilience: Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs),' urges countries to modernize and invest in well-equipped and fully staffed meteorological and hydrological agencies to better prepare for natural hazards, which could save an average of 23,000 lives annually and provide up to US$30 billion a year in economic benefits.

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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ECPA Newsletter Highlights Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities, Climate Science Initiatives [viewed]

ECPA logo18 November 2013: The Clearinghouse for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has released the latest issue of its ECPA Clearinghouse Newsletter, providing briefs on several recent regional events related to energy and climate issues.

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FAO Documents Climate-Smart Agriculture Activities in Malawi and Zambia [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a working paper that explores the livelihood and food security benefits of agroforestry and conservation agriculture in Malawi and Zambia, as well as economic feasibility analyses of the practices.

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Event: Third International Conference Climate Services (ICCS 3) [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS 3) will explore opportunities and constraints regarding the transition to sustained climate services, particularly related to drought monitoring, coastal management and climate-related health interventions. The conference will provide an opportunity for updates on a variety of projects, foster discussions regarding the transition from pilot activities to sustained services, and contribute to the development of the Climate Services Partnership (CSP) work plan. The CSP, which was formed at ICCS 1 in 2011, is a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration aimed at promoting resilience and advancing climate service capabilities worldwide. It is an informal, interdisciplinary network of climate information users, providers, donors and researchers who share an interest in climate services and are actively involved in the climate services community. The CSP aims to: improve the provision and development of climate services worldwide, and climate-smart decision making; and identify, promote and foster the establishment of effective policy and practice. Its activities will inform and support the evolution and implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).  

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UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources Now Operational [viewed]

UNECE25 November 2013: The United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC), a universal classification and evaluation scheme for mineral reserves and resources, has become fully operational.

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IFPRI Spotlights Climate Change Adaptation and Land Degradation Issues [viewed]

IFPRI Logo22 November 2013: The November edition of Insights, the magazine of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explores a range of topics relevant to sustainable development and the alleviation of food insecurity.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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