Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: UN-REDD Country Needs Assessment Workshop [viewed]

The UN-REDD Programme will host an international workshop to solicit feedback on the preliminary findings of the Programme's joint country needs assessment with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The World Bank assumes the functions of trustee, secretariat and Delivery Partner of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.  

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UNESCO, UNU Launch Book on Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

13 June 2012: Published by the UN University (UNU) Traditional Knowledge Initiative and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the book "Weathering Uncertainty: traditional knowledge for climate change assessment and adaptation" was launched at the International Council for Science's Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, held in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Releases Status Report of Austria's Annual Inventory [viewed]

12 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of Austria (FCCC/ASR/2012/AUT).

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UNFCCC Releases Status Report of Belgium's Annual Inventory [viewed]

12 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of Belgium (FCCC/ASR/2012/BEL).

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Releases June to August Rainfall Statement [viewed]

WMO30 May 2012: The 31st Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACO 31) concluded with a statement on the June to August rainfall season. The statement indicates an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal rainfall for the June to August rainfall season in areas of the northern sector of the Greater Horn of Africa. For the rest of the Greater Horn of Africa, the June to August period is expected to remain generally dry during the season.

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Event: Measuring the "Smartness" of the Electricity Grid [viewed]

This free webinar, which is organized by the Clean Energy Solutions Center of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), will focus on smart electricity grids and methodologies to measure "smartness." The webinar aims to provide policy makers with practical policy advice in this regard. Dr. Leen Vandezande from the Electric Energy Research Group at the University of Leuven, Belgium, will lead the webinar.  

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UNFCCC Releases Status Report of Australia's Annual Inventory [viewed]

12 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of Australia (FCCC/ASR/2012/AUS).

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IPCC Reports on Progress on Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

IPCC11 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported on progress made towards completing the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which will provide a policy-relevant scientific view of the current state of knowledge about climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

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UNEP Releases Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Frankfurt School UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a report titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” (GTR) prepared for UNEP by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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UNU Project on Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Africa Holds Kick-Off Meeting [viewed]

11 June 2012: A five-year research project on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach (CECAR-Africa) held a kick-off meeting to formally commence its operational phase. CECAR-Africa focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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