Science, Assessment & Monitoring

USAID Study Analyzes Climate Impacts in Mekong River Basin [viewed]

usaid20 March 2014: The values at risk in key livelihood sectors from predicted climate change impacts are estimated to be at least US$16 billion per year, according to the findings of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) 'Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study.' The study, which was inspired by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) study, considers climate impacts on agriculture, fisheries, livestock, and rural infrastructure and health.

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CGIAR Combats Wheat Rust Re-emergence Due to Climate Change [viewed]

CGIAR13 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is leading several international initiatives to combat an increase in frequency and severity of outbreaks of wheat rust triggered by climate change.

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IPCC Session on Working Group II Report Opens [viewed]

ipcc1025 March 2014: The 10th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II (WGII-10) and 38th session of the IPCC (IPCC-38) are expected to endorse the findings of the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) addressing climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. 

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OECD Assesses Role of Water Governance in the Netherlands [viewed]

OECD17 March 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report, titled ‘Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?' which highlights ways to make the Dutch system more sustainable in light of climate change.

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IRP, UN-REDD Report Highlights Role of REDD+ in the Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2014: The International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) have released a report on the role of REDD+ in transitioning to a green economy. The report, titled 'Building National Capital - How REDD+ can support a Green Economy,' highlights the urgent need for US$30 billion in funding to ensure REDD+ implementation and to contribute to green economy transformations, noting that this is less than 7 percent of annual fossil fuel subsidies.

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World Bank Launches Disaster and Climate Data Guide [viewed]

gfdrr19 March 2014: The World Bank has launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Field Guide, which sets basic standards for open source creation and communication of disaster and climate change information. The Guide was developed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

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ECLAC, CCRIF Meeting Evaluates Disaster, Loss and Damage Assessments [viewed]

eclac-ccrif7 March 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) hosted a meeting of Caribbean Government agencies, emergency management professionals, and civil society representatives to discuss assessments of disasters occurring in the region from 2006-2013.

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Event: Joint Meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

This joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP), titled 'Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation,' will seek to address questions related to these two themes. On indigenous and traditional knowledge, the meeting will address: best practices, trends, needs and limitations in the use of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge and practices; collecting, evaluating and disseminating such knowledge and practices for use by local, national and international adaptation practitioners; integrating such knowledge and practices with scientific knowledge in adaptation planning and implementation; and effectively engaging holders of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge and practices in the adaptation process. Regarding gender‐sensitive approaches and tools, the meeting will explore, inter alia: existing gender‐sensitive tools and approaches that can enhance understanding and assess impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; and how to integrate such approaches and tools across adaptation processes and ensure that adaptation initiatives are gender sensitive.  

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CCAFS-backed Study Reassesses Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS18 March 2014: A study published in Nature Climate Change finds that moderate warming will be more detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions than previously thought. In 'A Meta-Analysis of Crop Yield under Climate Change and Adaptation,' the authors find that, with warming of two degrees Celsius and without adaptation measures, the mean yields of wheat, rice and maize are reduced in these regions from the 2030s onwards.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Submissions from LDCs, AILAC and New Zealand [viewed]

UNFCCC17 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Nepal, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), New Zealand, and the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the work of the ADP at its June session and going forward toward a 2015 climate agreement.

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