Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ICRISAT, India Launch Center of Excellence on Climate Change for Plant Protection [viewed]

13 February 2012: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has teamed with the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Climate Change Programme, Indian Ministry of Science and Technology to launch a Center of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection.

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IWMI and Partners Release Book on Water and Climate Change in India [viewed]

3 February 2012: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and collaborators at the Indian Institute of Technology have released a book titled "Water and Climate Change: an integrated approach to adaptation challenges," as the culmination of the three-year Climawater project, funded by the Government of Norway.

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Event: Expert Consultation on Prioritizing Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Agriculture in South and Southeast Asia [viewed]

This expert consultation is being organized by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions, as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The workshop will: review best practices and technologies for climate smart agriculture; review the latest knowledge regarding the impact of climate change on agriculture; and prioritize research and development.  

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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CCAFS Study Examines Models of Climate Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

21 September 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) hosted a science video seminar to accompany the launch of a study on "Climate Change in CCAFS Regions: Recent Trends Current Projections, Crop Climate Suitability, and Prospects for Improved Climate Model Information."

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OTCA, INPE Train Officials in Satellite Monitoring of Deforestation [viewed]

17 February 2012: In partnership with Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) offered Member State technical officials training courses on the use of a satellite detection system of deforestation, which was developed by INPE.

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Event: UNCTAD Workshop on Corporate Climate Change Reporting [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It aims to share information on, and compare frameworks for, corporate reporting on climate-change related information and climate-change disclosure. The event will focus on: understanding policies, initiatives and practices leading to demand for and supply of climate-change related information; problems related to the lack of consistency among climate-change disclosure systems and assessing benefits of greater consistency; and stimulating further discussions on enhancing consistency. The event will provide inputs to a joint UNCTAD, OECD, CDSB, GRI report to be launched prior to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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UNEP Releases Foresight Report [viewed]

UNEP20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled the “Foresight Report,” which outlines the findings of UNEP's Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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2012 World Day to Combat Desertification to Focus on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201217 February 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the theme for the 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification. The annual event, which is celebrated on 17 June, will focus on "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL."

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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