Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Book on Amazon Plants Addresses Importance of Forests for Livelihoods [viewed]

FAO20 December 2011: During a ceremony marking the close of the International Year of Forests, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a book titled "Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life," which is meant to be accessible to readers without a formal education. 

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UNECE Convenes Europe-Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation Conference [viewed]

UNECE19 December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized the International Conference on “Europe-Asia transboundary water cooperation” to promote dialogue and cooperation on the management and protection of transboundary waters among Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Research in the Arctic [viewed]

UNESCO19 December 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a collaborative Climate Frontlines research project involving the French Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and Sami reindeer herders, which focused on the impact of climate change on the forests and animal species of the North, as well as potential solutions that different stakeholders are advocating.

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STAP Releases Report on Dead Zones [viewed]

November 2011: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and advises the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has released a report that stresses the need for the GEF to develop a faster response to the growing problem of dead zones in the world's coastal waters.

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Event: CBD Informal Expert Meeting on the Impacts of Climate-related Geo-engineering on Biological Diversity [viewed]

This meeting is being convened with the task to assist the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in preparing the second draft of a study on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations.  

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OSCE, UNEP and UNECE Support Transboundary Water Cooperation on Dniester River [viewed]

UNECE6 December 2011: Governmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives from Ukraine and Moldova met to further develop transboundary water cooperation on the shared Dniester River, focusing on reducing risks from climate change by improving the adaptive capacity of the two countries.

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GCOS Releases Updated 2011 Satellite Supplement [viewed]

December 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the supplemental details to the satellite-based component of the “Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC (2011 Update).”

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WMO, UNCCD Organize Planning Meeting for High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy [viewed]

16 December 2011: The Secretariats of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have convened an international organizing committee to prepare for a March 2013 High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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Draft Proposal for UNEP-UNCCD Enabling Activities Umbrella Project Circulated [viewed]

UNCCD15 December 2011: A draft proposal for an enabling activities umbrella project has been posted on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) website.

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UNECE Experts on Regulatory Cooperation Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE9 December 2011: The 21st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) included a session on "Standards and regulations: tool for promoting sustainable development."

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