Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Report on New Zealand's Forest Management Reference Level [viewed]

UNFCCC18 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/TAR/2011/NZL) of the technical assessment of the forest management reference level (FRML) of New Zealand submitted in 2011. The Expert Review Team (ERT) has found New Zealand's FRML submission and supporting material informative and transparent.

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IEA Publishes Report on Carbon Emissions from Fuel Combustion [viewed]

18 October 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the report “CO₂ Emissions from Fuel Combustion - 2011 Highlights,” which aims to provide input to the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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UN-REDD Approves US$4 Million for REDD+ in Nigeria [viewed]

17 October 2011: At its seventh Policy Board Meeting, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million to fund Nigeria's National Programme for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

Co-hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), this conference will provide a forum for leading international scientists and young researchers to present their latest research findings, exchange their research ideas, and share their experiences in the field of climate change and food security. Topics addressed by the conference will include: estimating trends in impacts of climate change on food security; managing climate variability and risk; accelerating adaptation to progressive climate change; and improving measurement and monitoring.  

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WMO Stresses Role of Global Framework for Climate Services in Addressing Desertification [viewed]

WMO18 October 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) highlighted the role of better climate services during the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea.

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IDB Supports Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Hotels [viewed]

IDB13 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$2 million grant to finance a more energy efficient tourism industry in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Hotel Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action– Advanced Program (CHENACT–AP) was presented during the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).

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European Commission Publishes Policy Brief on Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

October 2011: The European Commission has produced a policy brief that summarizes scientific information on the benefits biodiversity provides for human health and offers policy recommendations.

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WMO Trains West African Farmers on Use of Weather/Climate Information [viewed]

WMO12 October 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has completed a four-year project across 15 West African countries that carried out 146 roving seminars to increase the interactions between national meteorological and hydrological institutes and rural farms.

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EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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UNFCCC Publishes Assessment of Denmark's Forest Management Reference Level [viewed]

UNFCCC10 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the technical assessment of the forest management reference level submission of Denmark submitted in 2011 (FCCC/TAR/2011/DNK).

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