Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CIFOR Releases Studies and Briefs on REDD+ Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

November 2010: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has produced a selection of studies and guidebooks related to country specific analyses and methods for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNECE, FAO Launch Wood Energy Enquiry [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a Wood Energy Enquiry for the UNECE region for the reference year 2009, in order to better understand the role of wood energy within the region by promoting cross-sectoral communication and cooperation between the energy and forestry sectors in the member States.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

24 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.10) that provides a summary of the second workshop organized to implement the work programme of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to revise the "Guidelines for the preparation of national communications by parties included in Annex I to the Convention, Part I: UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories."

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GEF STAP Publishes Transport Projects Manual [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has published a "Manual for Calculating Greenhouse Gas Benefits from GEF Transportation Projects."

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UNEP Releases Atlas on Africa's Water Resources [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the "New Africa Water Atlas," which shows how the challenges of water scarcity in Africa are compounded by high population growth, socioeconomic and climate change impacts and, in some cases, policy choices.

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Event: UNCCD Technical Workshop on Impact Indicator Refinement [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, under the guidance of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) Bureau, is currently undertaking a scientific peer review of the relevance, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the impact indicators identified at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9). It is in this context that this technical workshop will be convened. The workshop will target scientists, experts, managers and practitioners that have experience in the development and implementation of impact indicators, particularly for monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation. Meeting participants are expected to contribute to the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators provisionally accepted at COP 9 and, ultimately, to the establishment of a scientifically rigorous and credible assessment of the impact of desertification and land degradation at the national, regional and global levels.  

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WMO Bulletin Highlights Record GHG Levels [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch Programme has released the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which tracks observations of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) through 2009.

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Sustainability Focal Points Discuss UN's Climate Neutral Strategy [viewed]

24 November 2010: The third meeting of the Issue Management Group on Sustainability Management (IMG) took place in New York, US, on 28-29 October 2010, bringing together over 50 focal points with responsibility for implementing the UN Climate Neutral Strategy.

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World Bank Launches Corporate Responsibility Website [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Bank has launched a new Corporate Responsibility website showcasing its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint since 2002.

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UNEP Releases Emissions-Gap Report [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Climate Foundation and the National Institute of Ecology-SEMARNAT, Mexico, have launched a report titled "The Emissions Gap Report," in advance of the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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