Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Congo Basin Forest Fund Launches Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

26 July 2012: The Congo Basin Forest Fund, launched by the Governments of Norway and the UK, through the African Development Bank (AfDB), is funding a regional initiative to help ten Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems. 

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UNISDR, World Cities Scientific Development Alliance Launch Urban Resilience Award [viewed]

26 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance have announced the launch of the Resilient Cities Award. The award aims to recognize excellence in land use planning, design and development activities that protect communities from the impacts of natural hazards and reduce disaster risk.

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UNFCCC Releases Corrigendum to GHG Inventory Review for Lithuania [viewed]

UNFCCC19 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a corrigendum to the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Lithuania that was submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/LTU/Corr.1).

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Panel on Food Security and Nutrition Release Report on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

FAO4 July 2012: The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a panel of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), has released its third report, which focuses on food security and climate change.

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FAO Releases Guidance on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Agricultural Programmes [viewed]

FAOJune 2012: With the integration of climate change into sectoral programmes, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a guidance document to assist investment project formulation practitioners in mainstreaming climate change considerations into investment projects.

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Event: Third Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as action to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters, all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Third Session is co-organized by the Regional Office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) for the Americas, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Argentina, with strong participation planned by subregional DRR organizations such as Central America's CEPREDENAC, the Caribbean's CDEMA, and MERCOSUR's REHU.  

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on REDD+ Partnership Meeting [viewed]

19 July 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on REDD's (UN-REDD) July Newsletter reports on the third meeting and workshop of the REDD+ Partnership in 2012, which was held in Santa Marta, Columbia, from 1-2 July 2012.

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNFCCC Publishes Portugal's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

16 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Portugal (FCCC/ARR/2011/PRT). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 25.5% between 1990 and 2009.

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