Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Drivers of Deforestation [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on issues identified in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 72 and appendix II, in particular on how to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and on robust and transparent national forest monitoring systems as referred to in its paragraph 71(c) (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.1).

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PROFOR Advisory Board Reviews 2011 Activities [viewed]

14 March 2012: At the annual meeting of the Program on Forests (PROFOR) Advisory Board, the Secretariat reported on activity outcomes of the calendar year and sought decisions and guidance from the Board on a range of issues.

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UNEP Report Calls for Urgent Support to Mongolia's Reindeer Herders [viewed]

UNEP26 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Changing Taiga: Challenges for Mongolia's Reindeer Herders,” which calls for urgent support for Mongolia's reindeer herders.

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WMO Statement Confirms 2011 as 11th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

23 March, 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the “WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2011,” which indicates that 2011 was the 11th warmest year on record.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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World Meteorological Day Recognizes Weather, Climate and Water Knowledge [viewed]

23 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Meteorological Day was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) around the theme "Powering our future with weather, climate and water." The Day commemorates the entry into force of the WMO Convention, which took place on 23 March 1950.

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UNCTAD and Partners Discuss Corporate Climate Change Reporting Beyond Rio+20 [viewed]

UNCTAD16 March 2012: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standard Board (CDSB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), organized a workshop to discuss the challenges of developing a more consistent system of corporate climate change reporting that meets the needs of a green economy, one of the key issues to be addressed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: UNGA-66 Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

Mandated by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 66/204, this interactive dialogue aims to examine the scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning the Earth System. It will also explore how human activity has damaged the Earth System, especially by focusing on those areas where such damage has already affected the regenerative capacity of the planet. The dialogue is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences from multiple perspectives, with particular attention to the contribution of science. It is expected to provide an accurate diagnosis of the negative impacts of human activity on the Earth System, and outline institutional responses to catalyze science for sustainable development.  

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ITTO, FAO Workshop Addresses Global Forest Reporting [viewed]

21 March 2012: The proceedings of a joint workshop organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Montreal Process, FOREST EUROPE, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to discuss streamlining of global forest reporting, have been released.

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GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2012: The University of Kent has announced that, together with the University of Durham, it is conducting research on mitigating the conservation impacts of climate change on protected areas in West Africa, as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project, led by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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