Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Posts Norwegian Document to REDD-Web Platform [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

24 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has added a new document to its information-sharing web platform related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which was created in response to UNFCCC Decision 2/CP.13 (Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action).

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GEF Announces Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

23 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP), implemented by the UN Environment Programme, which aims to provide a solution to the problems related to measuring terrestrial carbon, particularly on complex landscapes.

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WMO Calls Attention to Interaction between Weather Patterns, Climate and Air Quality [viewed]

World Meteorological Day 2009

23 March 2009: Every year on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 members commemorate the 1950 entry into force of the Convention that created the Organization, which became a Specialized Agency of the UN a year later. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2009 is “Weather, climate and the air we breathe.”

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FAO's Committee on Forestry Calls for Implementing SFM to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO)

22 March 2009: The 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) convened from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting attracted over 550 participants from COFO member States, including heads of forestry departments, UN agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In plenary sessions held throughout the week, participants discussed: the FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry; the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Strategic Framework on Forests and Climate Change and related topics, including sustainable forest management (SFM) and climate change; forest genetic resources; reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; access to financing; the impacts of recent economic turbulence on the forest sector; and preparations for the XIII World Forestry Congress.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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WMO Releases Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008 [viewed]

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate

18 March 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2008. The WMO Statement contains information for 2008 on global temperature, regional temperature anomalies, global precipitation, droughts, flooding and storms, La Niña, tropical cyclones, Antarctic ozone hole and Arctic sea ice extent, as well as an article on benefits for climate monitoring and assessment of data rescue activities.

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WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans [viewed]

WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans

17 March 2009: Polar Days are a part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a scientific initiative organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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Web-based Tool for Climate Prediction in Developing Countries to Contribute to WMO Activities [viewed]

Climate Information Tool Kit (CLIK)

12 March 2009: An online climate prediction service was recently launched by the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Climate Center (APCC) in the Republic of Korea to help climate forecasters and researchers worldwide and to facilitate climate prediction in developing countries. APCC contributes to WMO activities and seasonal predictions, including regular updates on the state of El Niño/La Niña.

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ESCAP to Convene Committee on Disaster Reduction [viewed]

March 2009: The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the First Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, from 25-27 March 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop will include a high-level roundtable on regional cooperation for disaster risk reduction as well as sessions on: implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Asia and the Pacific; enhancing regional cooperation on disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific; activities of ESCAP cooperative mechanisms on disaster risk reduction; and the strategic framework and proposed outputs for the proposed programme of work for 2010-2011.

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UNESCO Meeting Formulates Recommendations on Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic [viewed]

Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic

13 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges,” which convened from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco. The meeting brought together experts in the social and natural sciences, ethics, education and international affairs who sought the local expertise of indigenous peoples in drafting a set of 66 recommendations for follow-up action.

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