Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNECE Convenes Second Workshop on Water and Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

11 April 2011: The second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins was organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) from 12-13 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CGIAR Institutions Publish Paper on Deforestation Drivers and REDD+ in West Africa [viewed]

8 April 2011: The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have released a study that attributes deforestation in West Africa to low fertilizer use in farming cocoa, cassava and oil palm.

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GCOS Newsletter Outlines International Polar Year Activities [viewed]

14 April 2011: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released its first newsletter for 2011 describing: scientific highlights; observing domains, networks and measuring systems; sponsoring organizations and partners; activities of the GCOS Secretariat; and events.

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

12 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/HRV) of the individual review of the annual submission of Croatia.

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

11 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/PRT) of the individual review of the annual submission of Portugal.

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Event: World Bank Writing Meeting for Report on Adaptation to a Changing Climate in Arab Countries [viewed]

The World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) is developing a regional Climate Change Flagship Report, "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries." A writing meeting will be held to prepare the First Draft of the Report ready for formal public review. Preferences will be given to early career professionals and to engaging new contributors from the full geographic range of the Arab region.  

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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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