Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Launches System to Model Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

February 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a package of models for climate change impact assessment studies at the national level called FAO-MOSAICC (Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change), which integrates four models related to downscaling global circulation model data, hydrology, crop growth and assessing impacts of crop yields on national economies.

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Event: Workshop on Developing Capacity Resilience to Water-related Disasters in Pakistan Through Space Applications and Flood Risk Management [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Country Team in Pakistan, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan. The objective of the workshop is to develop the capacity to build better resilience to water-related disasters, as well as for more effective adaptation to climate change through the applications of space technology and flood risk management in Pakistan.  

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Event: Imagining the Worst: Foresight, Ethics, and Extreme Climate Scenarios [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana. The conference will address the nexus of futures studies and ethics studies in the context of climate change with a strong focus on implications of worst case scenarios on governance processes on national, regional (especially Southeast Europe) and global level (e.g. UNFCCC negotiations and preparations for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)). In particular, the conference aims to: reflect on recent developments in ethical theory; promote ethically aware governance processes; advance futures studies; and promote the cross-sectoral dialogue of science and policy making experts.  

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UNESCO's Blue Carbon Working Group Holds First Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The "Blue Carbon" International Scientific Working Group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 15-17 February 2011, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss the implications of using coastal "blue" carbon as a conservation and management tool contributing to climate change mitigation and the development of associated conservation financing mechanisms.

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UNEP 2011 Year Book Highlights Increased Emissions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2011 edition of its Year Book, which includes key environmental indicators, including on carbon dioxide emissions.

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UNCCD Science Committee Discusses Indicators, Knowledge Management Systems [viewed]

18 February 2011: The Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has concluded in Bonn, Germany, following three days of discussions on topics including: progress made on studies and activities requested by previous Conferences of the Parties (COP); the establishment of a knowledge management system; the strengthening of national, regional and global networks of experts; the refinement of impact indicators; and ways to improve the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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UNCCD, GIZ and BMZ Publish Summary of Meeting on the Economics of Desertification [viewed]

16 February 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have published a brochure on the discussions of the Partnership Meeting on the Assessment of the Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (E-DLDD).

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US, Ukraine Discuss Climate and Energy Cooperation [viewed]

15 February 2011: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko convened the third session of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission on 15 February 2011, in Washington, DC, US.

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UNESCO IOC Outlines Position Ahead of Rio [viewed]

February 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released an article titled "Rio+20: The Countdown Begins," which outlines its role in implementing the sustainable development agenda.

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Event: Summit of the Tropical Forest Basins of the World [viewed]

The objective of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins is to achieve a plan for sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation by: establishing baseline data on the forest resources of the three Basins; establishing a formal platform for mutual consultation and exchange on forest and environmental issues by signing a framework agreement between the Basins; and developing a shared position on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and the climate change agreement before the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More than 35 nations are expected to participate. The meeting is also part of celebrations of the International Year of Forests (2011), and its discussions and outcomes will feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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