Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO, SPC Release Workshop Report on Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have released the proceedings of a workshop held in 2012 on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities."

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UNFCCC Releases Poland's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Poland (FCCC/ARR/2012/POL), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of this country decreased by 28.8% between 1990 and 2010.

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World Bank, International Land Coalition Assess Land-Related Development Projects in Central America [viewed]

March 2013: As part of its Knowledge for Change Series, the International Land Coalition (ILC), with the World Bank, has released a report, titled "Reflections on 20 Years of Land-Related Development Projects in Central America: 10 things you might not expect, and future directions," which provides a critical assessment of the past and future of land policy reform projects in Central America.

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CIFOR Provides Guidance on Adaptation and Mitigation in Tropical Wetlands [viewed]

March 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview publication of its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), which outlines the project's role in informing national and international policy makers.

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Event: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) "Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change: Destination Green" aims to foster a dialogue on environment and aviation among member States and other key stakeholders, leading to the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly in September 2013. The purpose of the event is to inform and facilitate environment-related discussions and high-level decision-making at ICAO's triennial Assemblies. The Symposium will allow participants to gain knowledge and exchange information on the key areas of ICAO's environmental protection activities, and will showcase the Organization's environmental accomplishments pursuant to the related decisions of the 37th ICAO Assembly (October 2010), and will examine how States can continue to build upon these milestones through: States' Action Plans to reduce CO2 emissions; ICAO's strategy on Assistance to States; New technology Standards including the CO2 Standard for aircraft; and Sustainable alternative fuels for aviation.  

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Event: ICAO Pre-Symposium Seminar on States' Action Plans [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be hosting a Seminar on States' Action Plans on 13 May 2013, prior to the 14-16 May ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change. The 13 May seminar is directed at National Focal Points for States' Action Plans and any stakeholders participating in a State Action Plan team. It will cover three key areas: Development of States' Action Plans; States' Action Plan data review; and Implementation of Measures (selected by States in their Action Plans).  

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FAO Releases Report on the State of Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled “State of Mediterranean Forests 2013,” which details the social and environmental changes affecting forests in the Mediterranean region, as well as the contributions that forests make to agriculture, water, energy, tourism and other economic sectors.

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UNDP, USAID Train Asia-Pacific Officials on Adaptation Economics [viewed]

21 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) held a capacity building training as part of their ADAPT Asia-Pacific project, in collaboration with Yale University.

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FAO Releases 20-Point International Agenda on Forests and Water [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)  has released a report, titled "Forests and Water: International Momentum and Action," which presents a comprehensive and practical international agenda on forests and water research and policy. The publication is based on a synthesis of outcomes and recommendations from events organized by the FAO and other institutions between 2008 and 2012.

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GEF CEO and STAP Chair Emphasize Need for Transformational Policies [viewed]

GEF20 March 2013: During discussions on engineering a transformational shift to low-carbon economies in the developing world held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), officials from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) called for a move from incremental reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a transformational shift to a decarbonized energy supply and economy.

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