Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNCCD Provides Information on Land Degradation Neutrality in SDGs [viewed]

unccd wmo31 October 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a webpage with answers to frequently asked questions regarding the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or target on land degradation neutrality (LDN).

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IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita [viewed]

iwcOctober 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) released its October Bulletin, which features news and updates on developments at the 65th meeting of the IWC (IWC65), a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the conservation of the North Pacific gray whale, concern regarding the vaquita population and workshops on entanglement response, among other items.

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Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6 [viewed]

geo623 October 2014: Held from 21-23 October 2014, in Berlin, Germany, the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting for the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report endorsed the guiding framework for the report and took what it describes as the necessary preparatory steps for a scientifically robust process.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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International Land Coalition Publishes Study on Land Governance in China [viewed]

ILCOctober 2014: The International Land Coalition (ILC) has published a study that examines land reform and governance in China in the broader social, political and economic contexts, and from historical and contemporary perspectives. The study, titled ‘Land Governance in China: Historical context and critical junctures of agrarian transformation,' is part of the ILC's ‘Framing the Debate' series, aimed at deepening global understanding on land governance debates at regional and national levels.

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AGWA Launches Toolkit for Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resources Management [viewed]

agwa4 September 2014: The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and partners have launched a manual for dealing with uncertainty under climate change by applying climate-informed decision-making to water resource management, project design and risk evaluation. The manual was launched in a seminar held during World Water Week, on 4 September.

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CGIAR, UNU Study Reveals Cost of Salt Build-up on Agricultural Lands [viewed]

unu-iwmi-icarda28 October 2014: A report from the UN and the CGIAR consortium reveals that land degradation due to salt build-up is causing damages in some 75 countries, estimated at more than US$27 billion per year.

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Transparency International Evaluates UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: Transparency International has conducted an assessment on the level of accountability of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD). The assessment reveals that UN-REDD has achieved some best practices in transparency although there is some room for improvement when considering criteria for accountability at the senior policy level.

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Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation [viewed]

Cetaceans Conference28 October 2014: Some 50 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and international and regional organizations met to promote the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions [viewed]

IMO20 October 2014: The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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