Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO Publishes Key Findings of Global Forest Resources Assessment [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published the key findings of its "Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010" (FRA 2010). Among the findings, FAO reports that the world deforestation rate has decreased over the past ten years, but continues at a high rate in many countries.

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IPCC Completes Nomination Process for AR5 [viewed]

24 March 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced the completion of the nomination process for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).  Over 3000 experts were nominated by IPCC national focal points and observer organizations. The Report, scheduled to be finalized in 2013-2014, will be the next comprehensive assessment of scientific information on climate change by the IPCC.

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UN-REDD Programme Board Holds Fourth Meeting [viewed]

26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.

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UN-REDD Programme Releases its 2009 Year in Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its inaugural Year in Review report for 2009, which reflects on the Programme's first full year in operation. The report highlights the progress of its pilot countries, the partnerships it cultivated with international partners throughout the year, and the Programme's impact in building international consensus for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Global GHG Standard for Cities Launched [viewed]

23 March 2010: During the fifth session of the World Urban Forum, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22-26 March 2010, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the World Bank jointly launched a Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Standard for cities.

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UNFCCC Publishes Inventory Reports [viewed]

19 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports submitted in 2009 of the individual reviews of the annual submission of Liechtenstein (FCCC/ARR/2009/LIE), France (FCCC/ARR/2009/FRA), and the US (FCCC/ARR/2009).

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Event: 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference [viewed]

This conference will focus on the restoration of the world's forests and tackling climate change. It will feature case studies of forest restoration successes, and discussions on actions to be taken for forests to achieve climate change objectives. It will also include a session on "Post Copenhagen: Delivering REDD+."  

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Options [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a Synthesis report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/3) of information contained in submissions from parties and relevant organizations, and other relevant sources, on efforts undertaken to assess the costs and benefits of adaptation options.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on National Communication Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

19 March 2020: The UNFCCC has  published eight submissions (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.1) on views on issues relating to the 2006  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines and the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines. The submissions are from Australia, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain on behalf of the EU, and the US.

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UNECA Organizes Workshop on Climate Change and Scientific Consequences in Africa [viewed]

17 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the International Council for Science-Regional Office for Africa (ICSU-ROA) organized a consultative workshop on “Climate Change and Scientific Consequences in Africa: Post-Copenhagen” from 17-19 March 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the workshop was to examine the role of African scientists in addressing the climate change challenge.

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