Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA and SBI Provisional Agendas [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agenda for the 32nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 32) (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/1) and the 32nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 32) (FCCC/SBI/2010/1), which will take place from 31 May-9 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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European Council Endorses Post-Copenhagen Strategy [viewed]

26 March 2010: The European Council, gathering Heads of State and government of the EU, met in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-26 March 2010, to discuss the EU's strategy on the international climate change negotiations, among other things. In its conclusions, the European Council called for introducing a new dynamic to the international negotiation process, and proposed following a stepwise approach building on the Copenhagen Accord and its swift implementation.

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UNEP Collaborates on Report on Copenhagen Accord Targets [viewed]

25 March 2010: The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled “What do the Appendices to the Copenhagen Accord tell us about global greenhouse gas emissions and the prospects for avoiding a rise in global average temperature of more than 2°C?”

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UNDP Releases Report on the Outcomes of Copenhagen [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report it commissioned on "The Outcomes of Copenhagen: The Negotiations and the Accord." Author Alina Averchenkova recognizes that the Conference fell short of the high expectations to deliver a UN-level agreement on a future international framework on climate change, but underlines that the Copenhagen Accord reflects a political consensus on the main elements of the future framework among the major emitters and representatives of the main negotiating groups.

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