Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GEO Releases January Issue of GEO News [viewed]

20 January 2011: The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) has released the January issue of its newsletter, "GEO News," which includes an article on creating a bioenergy atlas of Africa.

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Event: Fifth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium is organized by the GEO Secretariat and GEO Japan, with the support of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Its theme is “Towards the Establishment of Data Sharing and Data Integration in the Asia-Pacific Region,” and its objective is to promote the exchange of data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and to find solutions for achieving societal benefits through GEOSS in the Asia-Pacific region. Technical sessions will be held on the following topics: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI); Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON); Forest Carbon Tracking (FCT); and Ocean Observation and Climate.  

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CBD Secretariat Highlights IPCC Work Plan of Relevance to Biodiversity [viewed]

4 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification including information on the upcoming work plan of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of relevance to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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UNFF 9 Adopts Resolution on Forests for People, Livelihoods and Poverty Eradication [viewed]

4 February 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9), which focused on the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication,” convened from 24 January-4 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and brought together over 700 participants to address: the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011); forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication; and means of implementation for sustainable forest management (SFM).

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CCAFS Releases Draft Report on Initial Site Selection for Research [viewed]

4 February 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a draft report titled "Initial Sites in the CCAFS Regions: East Africa, West Africa and Indo-Gangetic Plains," which selects field sites in areas that are becoming drier and wetter for continued research on climate threats to agriculture and food security.

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World Bank, GEF Support Argentina's Third National Communication to UNFCCC [viewed]

1 February 2011: Argentina is preparing its Third National Communication to the UNFCCC with a US$2.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which will be carried out with the World Bank as implementing agent.

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Event: UNFCCC Greenhouse Gas Inventory Training Seminar [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat will hold a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Training Seminar from 18-22 April 2011.  

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Event: Third Workshop on the Revision of the UNFCCC Annex I Reporting Guidelines for Reporting of Inventories under the Convention [viewed]

 

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UN/ISDR Releases Briefing Note on Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

2 February 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a briefing note titled "Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation Through Effective Disaster Risk Reduction," which incorporates evidence that illustrates how climate risks are constructed and which risks can be reduced cost effectively.

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UNESCO IOC Releases Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

January 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a "Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization," which considers the practicalities, opportunities and threats associated with large-scale ocean fertilization.

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