Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN-REDD Supports Development of REDD+ Forest Reference Emission Level [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeJuly 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released a new technical publication that aims to support countries seeking to develop a REDD+ Forest Reference Emission Level and/or Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran [viewed]

fao-iran14 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran.

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Event: 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA [viewed]

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. The 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (AEWA MOP6) will, inter alia, review national reports on the implementation of the Convention.  

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Event: First IPBES Capacity-Building Forum [viewed]

The first capacity-building forum of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to facilitate both capacity-building projects and strategic alignment of activities between interested institutions. The meeting will promote dialogue among receivers, implementers and funders of capacity-building activities, with the aim of: exploring opportunities for cooperation on aligned investments in capacity-building needs; furthering partnerships for piloting and delivering the IPBES capacity-building program; and planning further action.  

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CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations [viewed]

cgiar-drylandsystems16 July 2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year.

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IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research [viewed]

iita_ucla15 July 2015: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have established a new research facility in Cameroon, the Congo Basin Institute, which aims to address challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases with focus on the Congo Basin.

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WMO-Backed Conference Plans for Year of Polar Prediction [viewed]

WMO16 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hosted a conference to finalize plans for a Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), which will aim to accelerate and consolidate research, as well as observing, modeling, verification and educational activities, as part of a broader Polar Predication Project.

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European Environment and Space Agencies Sign MoU on Earth Observation [viewed]

eea-esa15 July 2015: Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the two agencies have agreed to exchange scientific expertise and technical information to strengthen work on Earth observation and environmental monitoring. Coming into effect immediately, the MoU will promote joint activities and mutual access to data.

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ITTO and Japan Extend Collaboration [viewed]

Itto2 July 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed an agreement extending their collaboration on the conservation of tropical forest resources, capacity building and knowledge sharing between ITTO and JICA and interested countries.

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IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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