Science, Assessment & Monitoring

OECD Working Paper Reports on Adaptation-related Biotechnology [viewed]

OECD26 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper that shows an increase in innovations in adaptation-related agricultural biotechnology, with the development of crops that are resilient to drought, saline soils and extreme temperatures.

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IOC Assesses Climate Vulnerability of South-West Indian Ocean Islands [viewed]

13 April 2012: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) project on climate change adaptation, titled "Acclimate," has released five assessments of climate change vulnerability in the South-West Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France) and the Seychelles. For each case, the reports provide qualitative assessments of climate vulnerability across various sectors including: integrated water management; fisheries; risk and disaster management; energy; food security; and security and sovereignty.

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UNESCO Chair on Climate Technology Launched in Beijing [viewed]

UNESCO10 April 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the official launch of the UNESCO Chair at the Beijing Institute of Technology and the China Science and Technology Exchange Centre. The Chair aims to promote knowledge dissemination, technology development and transfer, and information sharing among developing countries on applicable technology for climate change.

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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GCCA Releases Climate Change Training Module for OCT Countries [viewed]

5 April 2012: The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) has released the training module used in a recent overseas countries and territories (OCTs) workshop on mainstreaming climate change into national development planning and budgeting.

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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UN-Backed Report Highlights Role of Broadband in Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

2 April 2012: According to a new UN-backed report, the use of broadband in information and communication technology (ICT) can support a global transition to a low carbon-economy by mitigating, and adapting to, the effects of climate change.

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2010 FAO Forest Assessment Available on CD-ROM [viewed]

FAO2 April 2012: The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010), compiled by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, is now available on CD-ROM. 

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UNECE Supports Afghan-Tajik Cooperation on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE29 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project on “Strengthening cooperation on hydrology and the environment between Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the upper Amu Darya River Basin” convened water and environment experts to discuss cooperation related to severe floods, vulnerable ecosystems and climate change impacts in the Amu Darya Basin.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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