Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CBD Publishes Technical Study on REDD and Biodiversity [viewed]

1 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a study that provides scientific and technical information on ways to ensure that the design and implementation of policies for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) support the objectives of the CBD.

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ICRAF Releases Paper on MRV of Agricultural NAMAs [viewed]

31 May 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a working paper titled "Agricultural Monitoring and Evaluation Systems: What can we learn for the MRV of agricultural NAMAs?" The paper describes an existing monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for a large scale grass cultivation programme in China and explores attributes of the MRV system that are consistent with the principles for credible MRV in existing UNFCCC mechanisms.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published further documents that will be considered during the upcoming 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 34) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34) in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011.

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BASIC Ministers Discuss Preparations for Durban [viewed]

29 May 2011: The seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change took place in Zimbali, South Africa, from 28-29 May 2011, and was attended by ministers from South Africa, China, Brazil, India, China, and Argentina as chair of the G77, as well as the incoming Climate Change Conference President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Ministers discussed the work required to achieve a comprehensive and balanced outcome at the Durban Climate Change Conference in December 2011 to complete the mandate of the Bali Road Map.

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IEA and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Warn Against Risk of Failing to Reach the 2º Target [viewed]

30 May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released estimates showing that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from world energy generation reached record levels in 2010, and that 80% of projected 2020 emissions from the power sector are already locked in, in the form of existing power plants or those under construction.

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UNFCCC Publishes SB Documents [viewed]

27 May 2011: Among the documents that the UNFCCC Secretariat has published in the run up to the 34th sessions of the subsidiary bodies, which will take place place from 6-16 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany, are documents on the status of contributions, the status of submission and review of fifth national communications, and the third workshop under the work programme of SBSTA to revise the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines.

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World Meteorological Congress Reappoints WMO Secretary-General [viewed]

25 May 2011: The World Meteorological Congress reappointed Michel Jarraud for a four-year term as the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Congress also elected David Grimes (Canada) as President, Antonio Divino Moura (Brazil) as First Vice-President, Mieczyslaw Ostojski (Poland) as Second Vice-President, and Abdalah Mokssit (Morroco) as Third Vice-President.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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UNFCCC Publishes Addendum to Compilation and Synthesis of Fifth National Communications [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum to the compilation and synthesis (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.1/ Add.1) of fifth national communications.

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