Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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FAO Releases Second Newsletter on EX-ACT Carbon Balance Tool [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the second issue of the newsletter for its EX-ACT Tool, which provides ex-ante estimates of the impact of agriculture and forestry development projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration.

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UNEP, European Climate Foundation Release Additional Appendices of Emission Gap Report [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation have released three additional Appendices to the Emissions Gap Report. The appendices provide additional information about emission pledge calculations in the report and how report authors reached their conclusions.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit, Pursuing a Vision, is being organised under the theme "Dynamic system to keep the world environmental situation under review." This event will launch the global environmental information network (EIN) strengthening initiative and address major policy and technical issues. The Summit is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, European Environment Agency, among others, and funded by the United Arab Emirates. An expected outcome of the Summit will be a clear statement on ways and means to strengthen existing initiatives and fill gaps towards informed policy making in support of a sustainable future. As part of preparations for the UNCSD in 2012, the Eye on the Earth Summit represents an opportunity and milestone to focus attention on the 20 years of collective efforts of making the best environmental information available to support decision making in order to achieve sustainable development, reduce poverty and transform the global economy.  

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Slovenia's 2010 GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/SVN) of the individual review of the annual submission of Slovenia.

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UNEP, WMO Release Ozone Depletion Assessment [viewed]

5 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have released an assessment titled “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010,” which reports record stratospheric ozone loss in the Arctic.

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OECD Releases Statistical Overview of Climate Change Aid [viewed]

March 2011: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has prepared a brief titled "Tracking Aid in Support of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Developing Countries."

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European Commission Issues Guidance on Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

31 March 2011: The European Commission has issued four guidance documents to support coherent implementation of the EU Directive on carbon capture and storage (CCS Directive).

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Event: ECLAC Meeting on the Review of the Economics of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will be hosting a meeting of the High Level Advisory Committee for a regional project on the Review of the Economics of Climate Change in the Caribbean. The project aims to assess climate change impacts on key sectors of Caribbean economies by simulation modelling analyses under different socio-economic scenarios and carbon emission trajectories.  

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