Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Ministers Discuss Durban Platform for Enhanced Action at Bonn Climate Change Conference [viewed]

climate-change-bonn-20146 June 2014: Ministers convened for the second day of the high-level ministerial on 6 June, as part of the June session of the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. The dialogue provided an opportunity for ministers and other participants to discuss how to advance the implementation of actions with high mitigation potential and build the required confidence and momentum toward contributions under the Durban Platform.

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International Partnership Releases Global Good Practice Analysis on LEDS, NAMAs, MRV [viewed]

Partnership on Mitigation and MRVJune 2014: The International Partnership on Mitigation and measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme released an analysis of 21 examples of good practices in low-emission development strategies (LEDS), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and MRV. The results demonstrate feasible and effective mitigation actions being implemented around the world.

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Event: 17th Meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate [viewed]

The 17th meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC-17) of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) will convene to discuss: planning and reporting; implementation of the OOPC Work Plan, including consideration of the Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 and Deep Ocean Observing Strategy; observing system requirements, design and evaluation; evaluating coastal observation requirements and implementation globally; and priorities and activities to progress in 2014-2016. The OOPC is a scientific advisory body of GOOS, which is sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Council for Science (ICSU).  

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Event: 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme [viewed]

The 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-35) for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will convene in Heidelberg, Germany to discuss the implementation of Grand Challenges, including Grand Challenges on: Regional Sea Level Rise; Water Availability; Cryosphere in a Changing Climate; Regional Climate Information; Climate Extremes; and Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity. The meeting will also discuss Core Projects, WCRP Councils, Working Groups, Partnerships and Joint Initiatives. JSC-35 will also hold a joint session with the WMO Technical Conference on Climate Services. WCRP is a joint project of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).  

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Alcamo Appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UNFCCC4 June 2014: Former UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Scientist and award-winning environmental modeling researcher Joseph Alcamo was appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. He will be providing pro bono advice to the Secretariat.

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FAO Guide Aims to Improve Emergency Response in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJune 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled ‘Fisheries and aquaculture emergency response guidance,' which draws on lessons learned during responses to disasters that affected the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The guide aims to save the lives and livelihoods of people affected by disasters, climate change and human activity-related hazards, and humanitarian emergencies in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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CCXG Publishes Paper on Accounting for Diverse Mitigation Contributions [viewed]

OECDMay 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/International Energy Agency (IEA) Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has published a paper, titled “GHG or not GHG: Accounting for Diverse Mitigation Contributions in the Post-2020 Climate Framework.”

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FAO, Partners Develop Methodology for Herders and Grazers to Access Carbon Finance [viewed]

FAO30 May 2014: In recognition of the potential for grassland restoration to both mitigate climate change and improve profitability of livestock farmers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with Chinese partners, has developed a tool that can measure carbon sequestration resulting from sustainable grassland management. The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) has approved the tool, which will allow the carbon credits derived from improved grassland management to be sold in voluntary carbon markets.

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ADB Outlines Adaptation Options for Water Management in Aral Sea Basin [viewed]

ADBMay 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a working paper outlining adaptation options in water management in Central Asia, based on an assessment of the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Aral Sea Basin.

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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