Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank and GEF Support Agriculture Adaptation in Yemen [viewed]

27 May 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$5 million project to support efforts by the Government of Yemen to enhance capacity and awareness for government agencies to respond to climate variability and change, and to better equip local communities to cope with climate change through the conservation and use of agro-biodiversity.

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Experts Discuss REDD+ Governance Safeguards [viewed]

27 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme, Chatham House and other forest governance experts met in London, UK, from 24-25 May 2010, to discuss how to monitor governance safeguards in the implementation of a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Recent REDD+ Activities [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter- 7th issue26 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its May 2010 Newsletter, which highlights many recent activities and publications on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Fourth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium Focuses on Climate and Biodiversity [viewed]

March 2010: The Fourth Asia-Pacific Symposium of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 10-12 March 2010. Organized by the GEO Secretariat with the support of the Governments of Indonesia and Japan, the Symposium welcomed approximately 220 participants from 26 countries, and was organized around the theme "Towards a Global Earth Observation System of Systems that supports the societal benefit areas of climate and biodiversity."

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UNCTAD Releases 2010 Technology and Innovation Report [viewed]

19 May 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released its Technology and Innovation Report 2010 - Enhancing Food Security in Africa Through Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Japan-CARICOM Project Approved [viewed]

14 May 2010: The Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Friendship and Cooperation Fund has approved a US$267,466 project to assess the impacts of climate change on the energy sector in CARICOM countries.

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GCOS and WCRP Call for Strengthening Collaboration on Climate Data Records [viewed]

12 May 2010: In a joint letter to worldwide organizations, the Directors of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) are asking for support to international expert groups involved in scientific analysis, inter-comparison and review of climate data records.

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CBD SBSTTA 14 Adopts Climate-Related Recommendations [viewed]

21 May 2010: The 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. SBSTTA 14 adopted 18 recommendations to be considered by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD. Climate-related issues are addressed in the recommendations on: mountain biodiversity; inland waters; marine and coastal biodiversity, including ocean fertilization; protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; biofuels and biodiversity; and forest biodiversity.

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GEF Launches Climate Change Evaluation Website [viewed]

20 May 2010: The Global Environment Facility Evaluation Office (GEFEO), in collaboration with the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Switzerland Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), has launched a new website dedicated to the evaluation of climate change and international development projects and programmes.

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