Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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Experts Gather to Prevent Destruction of Wetlands and Consequent GHG Releases [viewed]

21 July 2008: Over 700

experts from 28 nations are gathering at the eighth INTECOL International

Wetlands Conference, which is taking place from 20-25 July 2008, in Cuiaba,

Brazil, to agree on measures to better manage and slow the decline of wetlands

that are among the planet's most threatened ecosystems.

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IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water [viewed]

June

2008: This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Technical Paper is the sixth paper in the IPCC Technical Paper series and was

produced in response to a proposal by the Secretariat of the World Climate

Programme – Water and the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on

Water and Climate at the 19th Plenary Session of the IPCC, which took place in

Geneva, Switzerland in April 2002.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

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July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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NATO Workshop to Address Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector [viewed]

July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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WMO Secretary-General Outlines Efforts to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

Speech by Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on The European Union and its Overseas Entities:<br /> Strategies to counter Climate Change and<br /> Biodiversity Loss 11 July 2008: In a speech delivered during the conference

The European

Union (EU) and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and

Biodiversity Loss,” which was hosted on Reunion Island,

Mauritius, from 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the French Presidency of

the Council of the EU, Michel Jarraud,

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), provided

an overview of the Organization's history and work in tackling climate change.

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UNIDO Appoints Climate Change Goodwill Ambassador [viewed]

UNIDO appoints Dr. Pachauri as Goodwill Ambassador

14 July 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has named Rajendra

K. Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as one

of its Goodwill Ambassadors.

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WMO International Fire Warning Workshop Convenes in Edmonton, Canada [viewed]

14

July 2008: An International Workshop on Advances in Operational Weather Systems

for Fire Danger Rating, organized jointly by World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Panel for Global Observation

of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), and Natural Resources Canada's

Canadian Forest Service, in collaboration with a number of other co-sponsors, is

being held from 14-16 July 2008, in Edmonton, Canada.

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Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and Environment in South Asia to Convene in Dhaka, Bangladesh [viewed]

International Symposium on Climate Change<br /> and Food Security in South Asia

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July 2008: The Ohio State University, the World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Regional Office for

Asia and the Pacific, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with a number of agencies, are organizing the

Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and

Environment in South Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 25-29 August 2008.

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