COP 21 President Reflects on Paris Agreement, Key Steps for 2016 [viewed]

Laurent_Fabius11 February 2016: Describing the outcome of the tedious, multi-year negotiation process leading to the adoption of the Paris Agreement as "the most balanced, comprehensive and ambitious result that we could hope to achieve," Laurent Fabius, President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Paris (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, emphasized that "our collective focus must move to implementation." For their efforts toward this outcome, Fabius and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres are the 2016 awardees of the Ewald von Kleist Award.

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Working Group Makes Progress on Disaster Risk Reduction Indicators [viewed]

UNISDR11 February 2016: Government representatives and disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners met to continue work on developing a set of indicators to measure progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR to ensure its goals are being met up to 2030. To assess progress in meeting the goals, countries working to come up with a common understanding of what they are measuring regarding both the scale of the problems faced and the impact of DRR efforts.

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UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015 [viewed]

2015_disasters_numbers11 February 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Catholic University of Louvain Brussels, Belgium, and the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) have released an infographic on disaster trends showing that 2015, which was the hottest year on record, confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR, said the analysis reaffirms the key role of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Morocco Advances INDC Targets with Opening of Solar Power Plant [viewed]

morocco4 February 2016: In June 2015, the Government of Morocco submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC, announcing targets of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% by 2030 compared to business-as-usual (BAU) projected emissions and reaching over 50% of installed electricity production capacity from renewable sources by 2025. In a significant step toward these goals, the first phase of the Noor-Ouarzazate concentrated solar power (CSP) plant became operational in February 2016.

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Event: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility PC21 [viewed]

The 21st Meeting of the Participants Committee (PC) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is expected to review country submissions and decide on grant resource allocation. The PC is made up of 14 REDD+ countries and 14 financial contributors, and includes observers representing indigenous peoples, civil society, international organizations and the private sector.  

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PARCC Project Links Climate Assessments and Biodiversity Protection in West Africa [viewed]

unepwcmc_parcc_iucn_gef9 February 2016: An end-of-project workshop for partners of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) explored how to use the results of new regional climate projections and in-depth vulnerability assessments to improve the management of protected areas in West Africa. The meeting took place in Banjul, The Gambia, from 24-29 January 2016.

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Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential [viewed]

plant_biotechnology_journal10 February 2016: Researchers from Bioversity International and other research institutions have discovered a mostly unexplored source of wheat diversity that could offer valuable traits for improving resilience of wheat production to the impacts of climate change.

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Event: First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

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ICAO Environment Committee Recommends CO2 Standard for Adoption [viewed]

Icao8 February 2016: The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed unanimously to recommend the first international aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standard for adoption. The standard will apply to new aircraft type designs as of 2020 and new deliveries of current in-production aircraft types from 2023.

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REFMAR Days Advance International Cooperation on Sea-Level Observation [viewed]

refmar4 February 2016: With a view to supporting sea-level observation for prediction of tides, implementation of tsunami warning systems, coastal management, decision making and other applications, nearly 150 scientists and researchers from Francophone countries gathered for the second edition of the REFMAR Days. The event focused on: sea-level observation in support of research; storm surges and extreme sea-level events; and understanding long-term changes in sea-level, with a full day dedicated to each theme.

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