Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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UNEP Risoe Assesses CDM's Cost Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP Risoe1 July 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development has released the first Working Paper of a new series titled “Penny Wise, Pound Foolish?” The paper, by Søren Lütken, questions if the original intention of cost efficient emissions reduction through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is being fulfilled.

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GCOS Celebrates 20th Anniversary at WMO Executive Council Meeting [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), which is dedicated to providing observational data and information that is the foundation for decision making on climate, celebrated its 20th anniversary during the 64th World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN-REDD Calls for Comments on Country Needs Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has issued a call for comments on the report of a global workshop on country needs assessment (CNA) for readiness for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNFCCC Publishes GHG Synthesis and Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the synthesis and assessment report (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2012) on the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted in 2012.

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Energy Consumption and Climate Change App Wins World Bank Competition [viewed]

World Bank28 June 2012: The World Bank has announced that "Ecofacts" has won its "Apps for Climate" competition. This software application developed in Argentina teaches about energy consumption, climate change and the actions needed to reduce carbon emissions. 

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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