Science, Assessment & Monitoring

SPREP Launches Online Helpdesk for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

5 November 2010: The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched a new online helpdesk as part of its support to the regional project “Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change” (PACC).

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CIFOR Organizes MRV Workshop in Indonesia [viewed]

3 November 2010: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized a workshop on establishing a measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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IFC Presents Climate Risk Assessment Pilot Studies [viewed]

November 2010: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) published a report titled "Climate Risk and Business: Practical Methods for Assessing Risk," which aims to better understand gaps and barriers to climate risk analysis, test and develop risk evaluation methodologies, and identify possible adaptation responses and needs of the private sector.

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-KP Chair's Draft Proposal [viewed]

5 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a draft proposal (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/17) by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) to facilitate preparations for negotiations.

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UNDP Releases 20th Edition of Human Development Report [viewed]

4 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 20th anniversary edition of its annual flagship publication, the Human Development Report (HDR). The report is titled, "The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development."

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Climate Change Adaptation at World Expo [viewed]

30 October 2010: At the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited MeteoWorld, a joint initiative by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Organization.

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UNFCCC Releases Note on Status of Fifth National Communications [viewed]

3 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note providing information on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications (NC5s) under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties) as of 1 November 2010 (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.8).

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European Commission Issues Guidelines on Wind Energy in Protected Areas [viewed]

29 October 2010: The European Commission has issued guidelines for wind energy development in protected areas, recognizing the potential negative impacts of poorly sited or designed wind farms on vulnerable species and habitats.

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Table on Status of National Communications [viewed]

2 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) containing a table on the status of national communications from non-Annex I parties (FCCC/CP/2010/5/Add.1).

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UNESCO Releases Report on Engineering and Development [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Engineering: Issues, challenges and opportunities for development."

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