Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: Regional Scientific Workshop on Allometric Equations in Central Africa [viewed]

The workshop, convened by the World Bank, the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), is to take stock of the scientific work in Central Africa on the assessment of carbon stocks. The workshop will have a particular focus on allometric equations in the context of REDD+.  

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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UNESCO-Backed Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains [viewed]

20 March 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) organized the Regional Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains, which addressed strategies for collaboration across disciplines and borders of mountains and climate change experts.

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IPCC Calls for Review of Draft WGII Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report [viewed]

IPCC25 March 2013: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that the review period for expert and government review of the second order draft of the contribution of Working Group II (WGII) to its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will run from 28 March-24 May 2013.

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GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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ICAO Supports Indonesia in Reducing Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

27 March 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced the launch of a large-scale Environmental Measures Project, which will be undertaken jointly between Indonesia's Ministry of Transport and ICAO's Technical Co-operation Bureau (ICAO-TCB).

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Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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WMO Launches PhD Partnership on Weather, Climate and Water [viewed]

WMO27 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has partnered with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) to support up to ten PhD fellowships per year focused on weather, climate and water-related hazards. The fellowships aim to support students from least-developed and developing countries particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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Event: Workshop on Developing Forest Adaptation Strategies under Changing Climate Scenarios [viewed]

In collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a regional workshop on forest fire management that will focus on developing forest adaptation strategies under changing climate scenarios and the use of geospatial support systems for improved forest fire management. Delegates from relevant institutions of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan will participate. The workshop will devote one day to policy, during which senior policy makers from the different countries will be invited to share experiences, challenges and lessons learned, along with recommendations for improving policies, mainstreaming of technical inputs and future collaboration. The workshop will dedicate two days to technical training on: fire detection mapping, highlighting the underlying theory of remote sensing; and operational aspects of the SERVIR-Himalaya forest fire monitoring application. Other issues on the agenda will be climate change, forest fire risk assessment, and fire behavior models.  

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IFPRI Global Food Policy Report Urges Increased Action to Fight Hunger [viewed]

March 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released the 2012 Global Food Policy Report, which projects that the international community will fall short of meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

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