Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Forest Trends Releases 'State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014' [viewed]

Sharing the Stage28 May 2014: Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace has released its 2014 round-up of where voluntary carbon markets stand globally. The report, titled 'Sharing the Stage: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014,' finds that while US$379 million were invested in carbon offsets in 2013, this total fell short of 2012 levels by 26.7%, or US$144 million. However, according to Forest Trends, many of these tons were still transacted, but under compliance regimes, rather than voluntarily.

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Initiative in East Africa Launched to Address Illegal Logging and Timber Trade [viewed]

UNEP:Interpol:FAO:UNDP:UNODC26 June 2014: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced, at the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), an initiative to address the illegal timber trade originating from East Africa, recognizing also that illegal logging must be mitigated, and forests managed sustainably, in order to reduce emissions from forest loss.

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UNFCCC Assesses Annex I 2014 GHG Inventories [viewed]

UNFCCC23 June 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis and assessment report of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted by Annex I parties in 2014 (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2014).

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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Arctic Council to Produce Harmonized Map Covering Region [viewed]

CAFF18 June: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Council's biodiversity working group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide national mapping organizations in the Arctic in producing a harmonized map covering the entire Arctic region, with data on, inter alia, climate and biodiversity. The aim of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI) is to help harmonize, combine and integrate diverse data sets.

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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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