Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CGIAR Launches Programme to Improve Maize Productivity [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a US$170 million global alliance and research programme to double the productivity of maize farms and increase their resilience to climate change.

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UNESCO, IHP Organize G-WADI Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management [viewed]

5 July 2011: The Regional G-WADI Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones was organized on the initiative of the Tehran Office of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Iran, to address: monitoring and modeling climate change; dealing with impacts of climate change; formulating adaptation strategies to climate change; and introducing international initiatives and activities of UNESCO in Iran.

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to GHG Synthesis and Assessment Report [viewed]

UNFCCC27 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a corrigendum to the Synthesis and Assessment Report on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories Submitted in 2011 (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2011/Corr.1) submitted in 2011 referring to Ukraine.

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CIFOR Releases Paper on Carbon Accounting for Bioenergy [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Improved methods for carbon accounting for bioenergy: Descriptions and evaluations." The paper explains that because bioenergy is counted under the UNFCCC as originating from the land-use sector rather than the energy sector, bioenergy emissions are often not fully accounted for in countries with greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions obligations.

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ECLAC Meeting Considers Climate Change Costs and Benefits in Caribbean Countries [viewed]

30 June 2011: The third Expert Group Meeting on Understanding the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), considered climate change costs and benefits in Caribbean countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Annual Status Reports of GHG Inventories [viewed]

UNFCCC21 June 2011: The UNFCCC  Secretariat has published the annual status reports of a number of parties.

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JI Supervisory Committee Launches Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

UNFCCC27 June 2011: The Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC) has launched two calls for public inputs on: the draft recommendations to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP); and guidance on criteria for baseline setting and monitoring. The two calls are open until 22 July 2011.

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UN/ISDR Stresses the Need for DRR to Reduce Impact of Droughts [viewed]

28 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stressed the need for disaster risk reduction (DRR) approaches to reduce the impacts of drought, highlighting that DRR policies such as water management and flood risk management are necessary to help anticipate and reduce the consequences of such events.

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Event: 13th Meeting of the Enforcement Branch of the Compliance Committee [viewed]

The Enforcement Branch of the Kyoto Protocol's Compliance Committee is responsible for determining whether Annex I Parties are in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, including their emissions targets and reporting commitments, and determines the consequences for Parties not meeting their commitments.  

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IPCC Briefs Media on Special Report on Renewable Energy [viewed]

28 June 2011: Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has briefed the press on the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), which was agreed upon and released by the IPCC during its 33rd plenary session held in May 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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