Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Water Governance Facility Highlights Gender in Water Governance [viewed]

undp-siwi-water governance2014: A recently released report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), titled ‘Gender Practice in Water Governance Programmes: From Design to Results,' examines successful strategies for mainstreaming gender into water governance programmes.

read more »

Event: 15th World Lake Conference [viewed]

The 15th World Lake Conference, convened by the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), will take place on the theme “Lakes: The Mirrors of the Earths, Balancing Ecosystem Integrity and Human Wellbeing”. The conference will bring together representatives from international, national and state agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, the private sector and other water stakeholders. Topics covered will include: ecology and biology of inland water; inland system processes and dynamics; inland system and global change, including climate change; informatics, mapping and monitoring; lake and human connection; lake basin management experiences and challenges; governance and management; and lake basin best management practices.  

read more »

OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

read more »

CITES, UNEP and UNEP-WCMC Unveil Improvements to Trade Database [viewed]

unep-wcmc-cites17 April 2014: Using open-source technology, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) have overhauled the CITES Trade Database. The Database contains approximately 14 million records on international trade in CITES-listed species.

read more »

WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Sets Quadrennial Priorities [viewed]

WMO16 April 2014: The Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) has determined its priorities for the upcoming four years. The Commission intends to focus on: increasing human and financial resources; building capacity; and encouraging cooperation among meteorologists and the agricultural sector.

read more »

Review of Sustainability Initiatives Identifies Market and Performance Trends [viewed]

sustainability-initiatives-identifiesApril 2014: The 'State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014,' which resulted from a collaborative effort among several organizations, examines market and performance trends of the 16 most prevalent standards initiatives—such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance—across ten leading commodity sectors.

read more »

GESMAP Updates Ballast Water Methodology [viewed]

15 April 2014: The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESMAP) Ballast Water Working Group has updated its Methodology for conducting its work and gathering information. The 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) endorsed the revised Methodology (BWM.2/Circ.13.Rev.1) and agreed it should be applied to all submissions for Basic Approval of Ballast Water Management (BWM) systems.

read more »

Event: 36th Session of the Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management [viewed]

The meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will consider guidance and exchange views on issues of forest statistics and other elements of the ECE/FAO Joint Work Programme.  

read more »

Event: First Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Statistics, Wood Energy and Sustainable Forest Products [viewed]

The meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will provide advice on forest products markets in the UNECE region, review wood energy and forest product statistics, and discuss implementation of and the follow-up on the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry.  

read more »

Event: Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

read more »