Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNESCO Releases Meeting Report on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

UNESCO1 June 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the report and recommendations of an experts meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in small island developing States (SIDS), which was held in Nassau, the Bahamas, from 21-23 September 2011. The meeting addressed the role of education in helping populations from the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans adapt to climate change.

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FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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SPC Announces Australian Funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Education in the Pacific [viewed]

28 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the signing of grant agreements worth AUD4.44 million with the Government of Australia. The funds will support climate change adaptation activities, as well as an education assessment aimed at improving numeracy and literacy.

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UNASUR Supports the Drafting of a South American Energy Treaty [viewed]

18 May 2012: The South American Union's (UNASUR) South American Energy Council decided to form an ad hoc specialized group of policy and legal experts to draft the substantive content of a South American Energy Treaty and report back to the next Council session.

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ESMAP Forum Shares Experiences on Energy Challenges [viewed]

9 May 2012: The Knowledge Exchange Forum 2012 of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank provided an opportunity for energy sector practitioners to exchange views and experiences on pressing energy challenges.

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Event: IPCC Side Event: Applying Science to Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development will involve IPCC Bureau members and authors, and is called " Applying Science to Sustainable Development: How the IPCC brings science to the policy-makers". During the side event, IPCC Bureau members and authors will discuss how the IPCC works and supports decision-makers and present findings of two recent Special Reports on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (SREX) and renewable energy sources and climate change mitigation (SRREN). A panel discussion with authors and users will follow.  

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World Bank, GEF Finance Climate Technology Needs Assessment in China [viewed]

World Bank29 May 2012: The World Bank approved a US$5 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support the Government of China in assessing climate change adaptation technology needs.

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Caribbean Experts Study Climate Change in Pacific Atoll Countries [viewed]

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)29 May 2012: Two Caribbean climate experts are visiting the central Pacific island of Kiribati to study and learn lessons from the climate challenges faced by atoll countries. The visit was arranged as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) project on “South-South Cooperation between Pacific and Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management."

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ECLAC to Strengthen Caribbean Coordination in Support of BPOA/MSI Implementation [viewed]

28 May 2012: At the fourth meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean's Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS), it was decided that the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean would review how best to strengthen regional coordination on the sustainable development agenda.

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IEA Releases Roadmap for Sustainable Deployment of Bioenergy for Heat and Power [viewed]

IEA30 May 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), as part of its Technology Roadmap series covering 19 supply and demand side energy technologies, has published the "Technology Roadmap: Bioenergy for Heat and Power," which discusses the current state of bioenergy, including sustainability issues and economic perspectives, and recommends actions to increase sustainable bioenergy deployment.

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