Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

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Event: Third International Conference on Natural Resource Management for Food and Rural Livelihoods [viewed]

Organized by the Soil Conservation Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, this conference will address ways to boost agricultural productivity for food security and economic development, while conserving and restoring the natural resource base. Topics to be covered include: assessment, development and management of natural and human resources for livelihood and food security; integrated management of water and land resources to prevent land degradation and salinity related desertification; conservation agriculture systems for drylands, rainfed and irrigated areas; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies including carbon sequestration in soils for different land use systems; and policy frameworks for capacity building to mitigate emerging problems in natural resource management. This is a 2015 International Year of Soils event.  

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CIFOR Identifies Obstacles to Carbon Accounting for Charcoal [viewed]

CIFOR12 January 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a report examining data needs for estimating the contribution of charcoal production and consumption to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study focuses on Zambia but notes that charcoal is used for cooking by millions of people across Africa.

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Event: South Asian Conference on Climate Change: Risks and Actions [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Water Resource Engineering Department of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, together with the Research and Development Foundation (RDF) of Pakistan, will seek to: provide a forum for sharing lessons and strengthening the participation of civil society and the public sector in climate change-related activities; strengthen collaboration among stakeholders on the issue of climate change and its impacts; and create linkages among organizations at various levels working on climate change.  

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Event: 20th Session of the GCOS/WCRP Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate [viewed]

The 20th session of the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take place from 18-20 March 2015, in Zurich, Switzerland. The session documents will be made available on the AOPC website.  

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Event: 17th Session of the GCOS/GTOS/WCRP Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate [viewed]

The 17th session of the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take place from 16-17 March 2015, in Zurich, Switzerland. The session documents will be made available on the TOPC website.  

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Event: Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2015 [viewed]

The second Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe conference, taking place from 4-5 March 2015, in The Hague, the Netherlands, will focus on securing Europe's critical infrastructure. The event is aimed at stakeholders from industry, operators, agencies and governments. The conference will feature a presentation on the European Commission's Copernicus Project, which is developing an autonomous, multi-level operational Earth observation capacity.  

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Event: International Conference on Environmental and Geo-information and Communication [viewed]

This international interdisciplinary conference will convene from 4-6 March 2015, in Bogota, Colombia, under the theme 'Achieving Sustainability Goals through Knowledge Sharing'. The conference will aim at exchange and sharing of knowledge on environmental information and communication in a variety of environmental domains and sectors, and methods models and techniques. The event will focus on examining how environmental information and communication are generated, handled, managed, distributed and made accessible. The conference is being organized by Esri Colombia, the German National Committee for the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), and the International Society for Environmental Protection (ISEP). Presentations and documentation of the main conference will be in English. Related workshops will be mostly conducted in Spanish.  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned [viewed]

This Disaster Risk Reduction Expert Forum, organized by the Consortium for Capacity Building of the University of Colorado Boulder, US, will convene to examine 'lessons learned about lessons learned' about hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, focusing on usability of the lessons identified from scientific and societal findings relating to DRR and a changing climate.  

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Event: 3rd Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology [viewed]

The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), organized by the the African Union Commission (AUC), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Government of Cape Verde, will comprise two segments: an expert segment from 10-12 February 2015; and a ministerial segment from 13-14 February 2015. The conference will seek to, inter alia: review and endorse the Draft Implementation Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; consider and adopt the AMCOMET Constitution and Rules of Procedures; and review progress made in the establishment of a Regional Climate Centre in Central Africa and the feasibility of developing an African Regional Space Programme.  

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