Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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World Radiocommunication Conference Addresses Weather Forecasting and Climate Monitoring [viewed]

17 February 2012: The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC 12) concluded with the signing of the Final Acts revising the Radio Regulations, including updating the Resolution on radiocommunications use for Earth observation applications and reaffirming their considerable societal and economic value.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Initiative Launched [viewed]

16 February 2012: The US, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico and Sweden, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane.

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SADC Climate Outlook Highlights Erratic Rainfall [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has released a Climate Outlook for the period February - April 2012, which outlines the climate outlook aggregated from available models. It highlights that SADC Member countries have experienced erratic rainfall distribution and that this trends is expected to increase.

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ICIMOD Report on Himalayan Climate Variability Examines Farmers' Responses to Change [viewed]

16 February 2012: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a study that investigates the impacts of climate change on mountain peoples' livelihoods, and aims to improve understanding of their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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OECS' RRACC Newsletter Highlights Progress in New Reducing Climate Risks Project [viewed]

January 2012: The January issue of the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) RRACC News spotlights initial OECS steps to implement the Reducing Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project.

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World Bank Publishes Guide on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management in East Asia [viewed]

World Bank13 February 2012: The World Bank has published a guide on integrated urban flood risk management in East Asia and the Pacific, including specific tools and guidelines, as well as case studies and examples from cities in the region that are especially vulnerable to flooding in the face of long-term climate change trends.

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UN/ISDR Partners with African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development [viewed]

13 February 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) have partnered to ensure the dissemination of weather updates to disaster managers in the African region, particularly in light of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa.  

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Expert Group Assesses Sectoral Data on Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

3 February 2012: The subregional headquarters for the Caribbean of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently convened an expert group to discuss the status of regional efforts to develop economic frameworks to assess the economic and social impacts of climate change in the Caribbean in key sectors.

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