Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ADB Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Asian Megacities [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities," which highlights the impact of climate change on Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila under a range of scenarios through 2050.

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Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Progress Report to UNFCCC [viewed]

21 October 2010: The UNFCCC has released a submission by Brazil, on behalf of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), which is an extended summary of the "2010 Progress Report: Coordinated Response from Parties that Support Space Agencies Involved in Global Observations to the Needs Expressed in the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Implementation Plan of 2004" (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.11).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on Research Dialogue [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.12) from Belgium, on behalf of the EU, and Belize on views on issues related to the research dialogue, including possible ways to enhance its effectiveness and the workshop to be held in conjunction with the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on Annex I Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions(FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.7) from Canada, Belgium, on behalf of the EU, Japan and Norway on views on the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines.

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Final TEEB Report Highlights Economic Value of World's Natural Assets [viewed]

19 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-based research consortium, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), has released its final report, "Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: A synthesis of the approach, conclusions and recommendations of TEEB."

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UNEP Regional Seas Releases Marine Biodiversity Assessments [viewed]

19 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas office has released the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis, which provides the first systematic overview at a sub-global scale of the state of knowledge of marine biodiversity, the pressures it currently faces and the management frameworks in place for addressing those pressures.

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World Agroforestry Centre Highlights Mitigation Potential of "Fertilizer Trees" [viewed]

15 October 2010: At the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue held in Iowa City, Iowa, US, from 13-15 October 2010, Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, described the challenge of doubling food production by mid-century and combating climate change.

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UNEP Launches Reports from Carbon Mapping Project [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) has launched carbon maps showing how carbon stocks in Asia, Africa and Latin America overlap with biodiversity hot spots. The maps were launched at the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Nagoya, Japan.

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SPC Provides Climate Science Training to Tongan Officials [viewed]

15 October 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), provided training to Tongan Government staff on the use of customized software for assessing the effects of climate change.

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IDB Releases Reports on Climate Change Research Needs in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

October 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a technical note on "Climate Change: A Research Agenda for Latin America  and the Caribbean" identifying the issues that need to be investigated for informed decision making at the national and regional levels with respect to climate change.

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