Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Canada's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/CAN) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Canada. The Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that the NC5 generally provides a good overview of the national climate policy of Canada.

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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CBD Releases Draft Study on Impacts of Climate-Related Geo-engineering on Biodiversity [viewed]

11 November 2011: Available for peer-review, a draft study circulated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) compiles and synthesizes available scientific information on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity, including preliminary information on associated social, economic and cultural considerations. Comments are being accepted until 9 December 2011.

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UNEP, UNDP Assist Sierra Leone in Restoring Climate Services [viewed]

11 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are supporting the restoration of weather and climate services in Sierra Leone. The country's meteorological infrastructure was severely damaged during the civil war.  

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WMO Symposium Focuses on Improving Drought Information Systems [viewed]

WMO11 November 2011: The International Symposium on Integrated Drought Information Systems aimed to help countries, regions and communities move toward approaches that embrace drought preparedness and mitigation. Participants focused on the need for more coordinated polices to manage the risks of drought.

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UNFCCC Publishes REDD+ Submission from Singapore [viewed]

10 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.7/Add.1) to views on methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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EEA Publishes Transport and Environment Report [viewed]

10 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its annual report on pollutant emissions from transport, highlighting a fall in 2009 that may, however, only be a temporary effect of the economic downturn.

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