Science, Assessment & Monitoring

European Commission Issues Guidelines on Wind Energy in Protected Areas [viewed]

29 October 2010: The European Commission has issued guidelines for wind energy development in protected areas, recognizing the potential negative impacts of poorly sited or designed wind farms on vulnerable species and habitats.

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Table on Status of National Communications [viewed]

2 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) containing a table on the status of national communications from non-Annex I parties (FCCC/CP/2010/5/Add.1).

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UNESCO Releases Report on Engineering and Development [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Engineering: Issues, challenges and opportunities for development."

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Views on UNFCCC Annex I Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

28 October 2010: The UNFCCC  Secretariat has published further submissions from the US and Australia (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.7/Add.1 and Add.2) on views on the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines.

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CBD Technical Study Addresses Links Between Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

October 2010: Recently launched as CBD Technical Series No. 54 and entitled “Interdependence of Biodiversity and Development under Global Change,” this report presents an analysis of the systemic character of global change, biodiversity and human development, and the relationships between them, describing and evaluating the complicated relationships and dynamics between human and biological systems.

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IDB Launches Public Consultations on Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

28 October 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a public consultation process on the draft of its Integrated Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy, including a series of workshops to be held in several countries in the region.

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UN-REDD October Newsletter Released [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 October 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its October Newsletter, highlighting activities carried out globally by the Programme on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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ITTO Hosts Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

25 October 2010: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) hosted a workshop on "REDD+: A New Framework for Conservation of Tropical Forests – Monitoring, Biodiversity and Practices," on 25 October 2010, as a parallel event to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

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WMO, CBD Release Report on Climate Change and Coral Reefs [viewed]

26 October 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification.

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ACP Observatory on Migration Launched [viewed]

25 October 2010: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the ACP countries, was launched officially at a special ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, held on 25 October 2010.

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