Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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Asia-Pacific Officials Discuss Standardizing Data Collection on Disasters [viewed]

UNESCAP27 May 2014: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) discussed standardization of a core set of disaster-related statistics in harmony with the disaster reduction framework beyond 2015 at its 70th session, which took place under the theme 'Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity.'

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WBCSD Report Describes Advantages of Addressing the Water, Food and Energy Nexus [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a report on the water, food and energy nexus, titled ‘Co-optimizing Solutions: Water and Energy for Food, Feed and Fiber.' The report was launched during the ‘Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus' conference, on 20 May in Bonn, Germany, which was convened in recognition that the increasing demand for food and other agricultural products will put significant pressures on resources and impact greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

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Event: 32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations [viewed]

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 32nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) on 12 November 2014, in Libreville, Gabon. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

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Event: 31st Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations [viewed]

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 31st meeting of its Executive Committee (ExCom) from 8-9 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

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Event: Second Task Force Meeting and Bureau Meeting of AMCOMET [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will hold its Second Task Force Meeting on 26-28 May 2014, back to back with its Second Bureau Meeting on 29-30 May 2014, both in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Task Force and Bureau will discuss: the constitution and rules of procedures; the African Regional Space Programme; the draft Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; and the feasibility of establishing a regional climate centre in Central Africa. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of the African Union (AU), hosts the AMCOMET Secretariat, which is helping facilitate the meetings.  

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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