Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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IDB Proposes Climate Change Risk Assessment Methodology for Caribbean Projects [viewed]

IDBApril 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Environmental Safeguards Unit (ESG) has released a technical note proposing a step-wise approach to assessing climate change risks to IDB projects in the Caribbean and identifying tools and methodologies that can be used by anyone assessing climate change risks specific to the region.

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Event: 16th Session of the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) [viewed]

The 16th Session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Climatology (CCI-16) will convene in Heidelberg, Germany, to: hear reports from the Secretary-General on the World Climate Services Programme and its contribution to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS); review ongoing activities; address CCI strategic planning; and consider priorities for the Commission's future work on climate data management, monitoring and assessment, prediction and projection, user interfaces for climate adaptation and risk management, capacity development and Climate Services Information System (CSIS). The Session will also elect officers and decide the workplan and future structure for 2014-2018. CCI is one of WMO's eight technical commissions and coordinates collaborative work among climatologists worldwide. The Commission meets once every four years.  

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AMCOMET to Link WMO, African Space Programmes [viewed]

amcomet30 May 2014: At its Second Bureau Meeting, the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) decided to link the African Space Programme with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme. AMCOMET also agreed on an updated Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan and initiated the establishment of a Regional Climate Center in Central Africa.

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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Event: International Conference on Capturing Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity for Crop Improvement [viewed]

Co-organized by the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Secure Project, the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), and Bioversity International, this conference will focus on new characterization techniques and conservation strategies to identify and preserve crop wild relatives and land race traits and facilitate their use to improve food security in the face of climate change.  

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Brazil Voluntarily Submits Key Data on Emission Reductions in Forest Sector [viewed]

brazil-unfccc6 June 2014: Brazil submitted information and data on its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the forest sector to the UNFCCC Secretariat, becoming the first developing country to voluntarily submit such data for assessment by technical experts. This information and data form the basis for Brazil's forest reference emission level (FREL) for the Amazon biome, where Brazil has been collecting forest data since 1988. 

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Use of Rio Markers, Environment-Related ODA Reporting [viewed]

OECD3 June 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) met to examine progress on improving finance reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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