Science, Assessment & Monitoring

European Conference on the Protection of Forests Develops Valsaín Declaration [viewed]

7 April 2010: The Spanish presidency of the EU hosted a Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe from 6-7 April 2010, in Valsaín (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the European Commission's “Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information” released in March 2010.

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WMO Addresses Measurement Challenges in Climate Change Monitoring [viewed]

1 April 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Bureau for Weights and Measures organized a workshop on “Measurement Challenges for Global Observation Systems for Climate Change Monitoring — Traceability, Stability and Uncertainty” from 1-3 April 2010, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The event aimed to explore ways to deliver more accurate and reliable observations of the Earth's climate.

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WHO Editorial Discusses Public Perceptions of Climate Change [viewed]

31 March 2010: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) features an editorial titled “Science, media and public perception: implications for climate and health policies.”

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CSO Representative Reviews UN-REDD and World Bank's Forest Carbon Facility [viewed]

March 2010: Global Witness, a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board, has submitted an assessment of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness-Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) and Joint Program Documents (JPDs) of the UN-REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) Programme. A key finding of the assessment is the need for further guidance on non-carbon monitoring from the FCPF, the UN-REDD Programme, and the international community.

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Event: International Symposium on Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries: Forecasting Impacts, Assessing Ecosystem Responses and Evaluating Management Strategies [viewed]

This symposium is supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the North Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES). Participants will: discuss techniques for investigating the impacts of climate change on populations of fish and shellfish in capture and cultured fisheries; examine observational, analytical and modelling approaches; identify analytical techniques for forecasting climate change impacts on marine fish and shellfish populations; and discuss policies and strategies for society and users of marine resources to consider in the face of a changing climate and altered marine ecosystems.  

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UN-REDD and Indonesia Collaborate to Curb Deforestation [viewed]

30 March 2010: Indonesia and the UN-REDD Programme launched efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in Indonesia by supporting the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry in their preparations for national REDD implementation.

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GBEP Meeting on GHG Methodologies for Bioenergy Concludes [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convented the seventh meeting its Task Force on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Methodologies in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting discussed possible improvements to the GBEP's “Version Zero” of the “GBEP Common Methodological Framework for GHG Lifecycle Analysis of Bioenergy,” released in June 2009.

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FAO Launches Survey on Agricultural Mitigation Projects [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a survey to gather information on all existing agricultural mitigation projects in developing countries into a comprehensive database. The survey aims to identify existing agricultural projects that either reduce, avoid or absorb/sequester greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through agricultural practices.

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WMO Publishes Statement on the Status of the Global Climate [viewed]

24 March 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published the Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2009, an annual survey by the agency about the weather and climate change. In the Statement, the WMO highlights that the first decade of the new millennium was the warmest on record.

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UNECE Approves Air Quality Monitoring Guidelines [viewed]

30 March 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 29 March-2 April 2010, reports on the meeting of the Extended Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy, which approved guidelines on air quality monitoring and furthered preparations for the seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe.”

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