Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Guest Article #105: MRV-ing Carbon in Practice [viewed]

In 2013, we saw the continuation of two emerging trends in the global carbon pricing landscape. On the one hand, it was a challenging year for existing international mechanisms, with credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) worth no more than a few cents and the Kyoto Protocol shrinking to 12% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On the other hand, an increasing number of jurisdictions implemented GHG mitigation instruments meant to put a price on carbon.

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UNFCCC Outlines Cooperative Activities Contributing to its Work [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary of cooperative activities with UN entities, other convention secretariats and intergovernmental organizations that enhance and contribute to work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.8).

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Bioversity Builds Farmers' Capacity to Select and Produce Seeds in India [viewed]

Bioversity International29 April 2014: Bioversity International has conducted a range of activities as part of its Seeds for Needs Initiative, including a field day and training workshops for 1700 farmers in India.

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Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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ECLAC Launches Third Edition of Disaster Assessment Handbook [viewed]

ECLAC24 April 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched the third edition of its 'Handbook on Disaster Assessment,' updating the methodology developed by ECLAC and now used worldwide to assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of disasters, including natural ones. 

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Panama Releases Map to Guide REDD+, Watershed Management [viewed]

mapamapalight24 April 2014: Panama has released a map detailing its forest cover and land use as part of its commitments as a Partner Country of the UN-REDD Programme.

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WFP Maps Climate Vulnerabilities in Andean Region [viewed]

World Food Programme22 April 2014: The poorest communities of the Andean region are especially vulnerable to climate-related disasters, a new atlas released by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds. The 'Atlas of Food Security, Disasters and Climate Change' maps climate, food security and disaster threats that will impede the sustainable development of communities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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