Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: 2015 Regional Forum on Climate Change [viewed]

The Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC), under the theme 'Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy,' will strive to build a common understanding of the issues that will face negotiators at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015. Participants will work toward formulating implementable policies to combat the scientific realities of climate change. RFCC is being organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU.  

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African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report [viewed]

AfDB9 June 2015: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the first report, titled ‘Payment for Environmental Services: A promising tool for natural resources management in Africa,' of an AfDB-Climate Investment Funds (CIF) knowledge series that will gather and share initial lessons in implementing and financing green and inclusive growth projects in Africa.

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World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer [viewed]

world-bank-iea18 June 2015: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the period 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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EU to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target by 2020 [viewed]

ec16 June 2015: A progress report published by the European Commission finds that the EU is on track to meet its 2020 target of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in the overall energy supply. According to the report, 25 EU countries are anticipated to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets and the share of renewable energy in 2014 gross final energy consumption is projected at 15.3%.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

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Bioversity and IDS Publish Toolkit to Measure Communities' Climate Change Vulnerability [viewed]

CCAFS19 June 2015: Bioversity International and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have developed a toolkit to help researchers and extension agents undertake participatory vulnerability analyses in rural communities and assess their potential to adapt to climate change.

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Malawi, Partners Assess Flooding Loss and Damage, Recovery Costs [viewed]

gfdrr-eu-un18 June 2015: With technical support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN and the EU, the Government of Malawi carried out a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in the aftermath of the 2015 floods in Malawi, launching the findings on 18 June 2015, in Malawi. The assessment aimed to quantify the loss and damage from the floods, and estimate recovery and reconstruction costs. The assessment shows total loss and damage of US$335 million, while total recovery and reconstruction costs are approximately US$494 million.

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CCAFS Publications Examine Impacts of Climate Change on African Agriculture and Livestock [viewed]

CCAFS17 June 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released three working papers examining: progress on mainstreaming of long-term climate information into governments' decision making; projected impacts of climate change on crops in Africa; and scientific evidence on the impacts of climate change on livestock production.

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UN, Insurance Industry Partner for Sustainable Development [viewed]

psi17 June 2015: A platform launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is allowing insurance companies to make voluntary contributions to sustainable development through risk management, insurance products, investment, partnerships and disclosure frameworks. Through the platform and other activities of UNEP FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, insurers managing US$14 trillion and 20% of world premium volume are working with the UN toward a greener future.

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