Science, Assessment & Monitoring

SADC Climate Outlook Highlights Erratic Rainfall [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has released a Climate Outlook for the period February - April 2012, which outlines the climate outlook aggregated from available models. It highlights that SADC Member countries have experienced erratic rainfall distribution and that this trends is expected to increase.

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ICIMOD Report on Himalayan Climate Variability Examines Farmers' Responses to Change [viewed]

16 February 2012: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a study that investigates the impacts of climate change on mountain peoples' livelihoods, and aims to improve understanding of their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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OECS' RRACC Newsletter Highlights Progress in New Reducing Climate Risks Project [viewed]

January 2012: The January issue of the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) RRACC News spotlights initial OECS steps to implement the Reducing Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project.

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World Bank Publishes Guide on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management in East Asia [viewed]

World Bank13 February 2012: The World Bank has published a guide on integrated urban flood risk management in East Asia and the Pacific, including specific tools and guidelines, as well as case studies and examples from cities in the region that are especially vulnerable to flooding in the face of long-term climate change trends.

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UN/ISDR Partners with African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development [viewed]

13 February 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) have partnered to ensure the dissemination of weather updates to disaster managers in the African region, particularly in light of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa.  

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Expert Group Assesses Sectoral Data on Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

3 February 2012: The subregional headquarters for the Caribbean of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently convened an expert group to discuss the status of regional efforts to develop economic frameworks to assess the economic and social impacts of climate change in the Caribbean in key sectors.

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UNEP Year Book 2012 Highlights Soil Carbon Loss, Nuclear Power Plants Decommissioning [viewed]

UNEP9 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2012, which presents important events and developments from 2011 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book details two emerging issues, the benefits of soil carbon, and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.  

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UN-Backed Tara Oceans Mission Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Planktons [viewed]

9 February 2012: Tara Oceans, a mission carried out under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has arrived in New York, US, to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on oceans. The scientific expedition has been travelling the world's oceans for almost three years, investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity and marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on plankton.

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SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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New UN-Water Chair and Vice-Chair Take Office [viewed]

8 February 2012: UN-Water has announced that Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General, and Albert Diphoorn, UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services Branch Coordinator, are taking up the positions as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of UN-Water for a two-year term.

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