Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Symposium on Valuing Wetlands in a Changing Climate Issues Communiqué [viewed]

24 February 2011: Over 100 government representatives and international experts on wetland science, policy and management met for a one-day symposium on "Wetlands Matter: Valuing wetland ecosystems in a changing climate" in Edinburgh, UK, on 24 February 2011.

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Event: Eighth Meeting of the Ozone Research Managers of the Parties to the Vienna Convention [viewed]

The objective of this meeting is to review ongoing national and international research and monitoring programmes to ensure the proper coordination of these programmes and to identify gaps that need to be addressed.  

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Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is titled "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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UNFCCC Publishes Annex I Parties' Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

10 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1) of economy-wide emission reduction targets to be implemented by Parties in Annex I to the Convention.

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CBD Publishes Booklet on REDD+, Biodiversity and Livelihoods [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have published a booklet titled "Biodiversity and Livelihoods: REDD-plus Benefits."

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UNEP Report Highlights Threats to Bees [viewed]

10 March 2001: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Global Honey Bee Colony Disorders and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators," which shows that bee colonies worldwide are under threat, with serious consequences for biodiversity and food security.

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FAO to Provide Training on Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

8 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be offering training to national meteorological services, agriculture departments and other relevant institutions on performing impact assessments using the FAO-MOSAICC (Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change) tool.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Documents Released [viewed]

8 March 2011: Documentation for the UN-REDD Programme's sixth Policy Board meeting, taking place from 21-22 March 2011, in Da Lat, Viet Nam, is now available online.

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Event: International Symposium on Isotopes in Hydrology, Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change Studies [viewed]

Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hosted by the Government of the Principality of Monaco, this event aims to share recent research on the use of isotopic techniques in hydrology, climate change studies, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Specific topics for discussion will include: the role of isotopes in understanding and modelling climate change, marine ecosystems and the water cycle; carbon dioxide sequestration and related aspects of the carbon cycle, such as ocean acidification; isotopes in groundwater flow modelling for large aquifers; and analytical methods and instrumentation for the application of isotopes in environmental, climate and hydrological studies. The symposium is aimed at professionals in fields related to the issues being discussed, as well as government officials and policymakers.  

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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