Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ECPA Takes Stock of Energy Policies in Seven Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

June 2012: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) released a report on the state of the energy sector and energy policy in seven small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, with an emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in each country: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Montreal Protocol TEAP Releases Report on Alternatives to ODS [viewed]

May 2012: The Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has released the second volume of its 2012 report, which consists of a task force report on Decision XXIII/9 titled “Additional Information on Alternatives to Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS).” The report will be considered by the 32nd meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 32) scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-27 July 2012.   

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FAO's World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report Calls for Adopting Ecosystem Approach [viewed]

FAO9 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 edition of its flagship publication, "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture." The report underscores fisheries' and aquaculture's contribution to global food security and economic growth, but warns that they are threatened by poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, and the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.

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IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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IOC Discusses Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

5 July 2012: As part of its Acclimate Project, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) convened a high-level workshop to discuss a draft regional strategy for climate change adaptation for the western Indian Ocean islands. The event brought together representatives from Comoros, Madagascar, Reunion (France), Mauritius and Seychelles. 

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Gas Flaring Increase in the US and Russia Reverses GHG Reduction Trend [viewed]

World Bank3 July 2012: The World Bank and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) caution that new data show a two-billion cubic meter increase in gas flared in 2011, reversing the downward trend that had been achieved in recent years.

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PROFOR Newsletter Focuses on Forest Governance [viewed]

3 July 2012: The July edition of the Newsletter of the World Bank's Program on Forests' (PROFOR) highlights a new publication titled "Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool," which outlines 130 questions that help to guide countries seeking to identify priority areas for change in forest governance.

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WMO Considers Draft Implementation Plan for Global Framework for Climate Services [viewed]

WMO5 July 2012: At its annual meeting, the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) considered a draft implementation plan for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which aims to increase the availability, accuracy and relevance of climate services to cope with natural and human-induced fluctuations in climate.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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ESMAP Launches Electricity Technology Assessment Model [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has developed and is testing its “Model for Electricity Technology Assessment” (META) as a tool to assist policy makers and planners design power generation projects in light of the challenges of reducing carbon emissions and adjusting to rapid changes in technology, equipment and fuel prices.

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