Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Workshop's Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC10 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change (FCC/SBSTA/2013/2), which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-23 March 2013. The workshop sought to enhance parties' and expert organizations' understanding of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation, share best practices and lessons learned, and identify areas for further work.

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Observed Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Reach 400 Parts Per Million Threshold [viewed]

WMO9 May 2013: Observed concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold at several stations of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch network.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on GEF Support for Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information document on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications by non-Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.7).

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Report on Support for Biennial Update Reports Preparation [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC15 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report submitted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (FCCC/CP/2013/INF.8) containing information on the resource status approved for non-Annex I Parties to prepare biennial update reports (BUR).

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UNISDR's DRR Assessment Calls on Private Sector to Reduce Risk [viewed]

UNISDR15 May 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released the third edition of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This edition is subtitled “From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The Business Case for DRR,” and seeks to provide a resource for understanding and analyzing current and future global disaster risk.

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report Underscores Significance of Climate Change [viewed]

CAFF15 May 2013: The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) report, released at the Arctic Council Ministerial, emphasizes that climate change is the most significant driver in overall Arctic biodiversity change, and that it exacerbates other threats to Arctic biodiversity. Released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, the report also calls for an ecosystem-based approach to management, and recommends integrating biodiversity into other policy fields.

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WSIS Forum Recognizes Role of ICTs in Smart Climate Monitoring, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

ITU logo17 May 2013: Participants at the annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum agreed on outcome documents that highlight discussions on, inter alia: smart climate change monitoring; women's empowerment; information and communication technologies (ICTs) innovations and standards; and cyberspace security. Participants also considered ICTs and post-2015 goals, reviewed the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes and produced a Statement on the WSIS+10 Visioning.

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World Bank Launches Second Phase of Water Partnership Program [viewed]

World Bank21 May 2013: The World Bank has strengthened its Water Partnership Program (WPP) by launching a second phase (Phase II) with a focus on water management and water services, as well as climate change resilience. WPP is a partnership among the World Bank, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK.

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IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, GHG Estimates [viewed]

IMO21 May 2013: The 65th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made progress on energy efficiency regulations, technology transfer, and the measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Busan Partnership Reviews Climate Public Expenditure in Asian and African Countries [viewed]

aideffectiveness21 May 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)/World Bank Climate Finance Options (CFO) Platform has reported on the release by the Busan Partnership for Climate Finance Effectiveness of reports on climate public expenditure and institutional reviews (CPEIR) carried out in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Samoa.

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