Science, Assessment & Monitoring

St. Kitts and Nevis to Join UNESCO IOC [viewed]

21 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that St. Kitts and Nevis intends to become a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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CGIAR Announces US$170 Million Alliance on Maize Research [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a programme aimed at doubling the productivity of maize farms while making them more resilient to climate change.

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IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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Event: First Climate Change and Development for Africa Conference [viewed]

Organized by the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) African Climate Policy Centre, the aim of this conference is to establish a forum for dialogue, enhance awareness raising, mobilize effective commitment and actions through bringing together policy makers, academicians and practicing stakeholders with the aim of effectively mainstreaming climate change concerns into development policies, strategies, programmes and practices in Africa. The conference will be divided into four main themes: climate science, data, information and service delivery; climate resilience development and adaptation; low carbon development in Africa; and economics and finance. Papers can be submitted in English or French until 30 July 2011, on technical, social, institutional, policy issues focusing on the conference themes to the e-mail listed below.  

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Event: IEA's 11th Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Workshop [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Emissions Trading Workshop focuses on developments in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading around the world at the international, national and sub-national levels, including: scaled-up and new market mechanisms; Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and sectoral crediting policies; monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV); and international GHG accounting and second-best trading programmes. Participation is by invitation only, with representatives from government, business and independent research organizations expected to attend.  

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World Bank's Biocarbon Fund and Partners Develop REDD Methodology [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), with the technical support of Carbon Decision International (CDI), the Institute for Conservation and the Sustainable Development of Amazonas (Idesam), and with financial support from Marriott International, have jointly developed a methodology to allow projects in the voluntary market to calculate avoided emissions by reducing deforestation either on the edge (“frontier”) of large cleared areas, like agricultural zones, or in a patchwork (“mosaic”) within standing forests.

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Event: Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World [viewed]

This symposium is sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research (SCOR), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). The symposium aims to attract over 300 of the world's leading scientists to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. It will also cover socioeconomic consequences of ocean acidification, including policy and management implications.  

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EEA Releases Reports on Water in a Changing Environment [viewed]

15 July 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on hazardous substances emitted into fresh and marine waters, noting climate change impacts, and another report on climate change impacts on water services and health.

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of the EU Submission [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the individual review of the annual submission of the EU (FCCC/ARR/2010/EU) published in 2010.

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