Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Paris Climate Change Conference Negotiations Continue; Side Events Consider Renewable Energy and Cities [viewed]

cop213 December 2015: On Thursday, 3 December, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) contact group continued consideration of the negotiating text of the agreement and associated decisions. Spin-off groups, contact groups and informal consultations continued throughout the day.

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COP 21 Land Day Addresses SDG and Rio Conventions Linkages to Climate Resilience [viewed]

UNCCD logoRio Conventions Pavilion2 December 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and various partners organized Land Day as part of the programme of the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The discussions took place under the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a Solution to Climate Change.'

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CMS African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Working Group Meeting Focuses on West Africa [viewed]

CMS1 December 2015: Experts from 20 countries gathered at the Second Meeting of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Working Group to discuss issues related to migratory landbirds conservation relevant for the UN Development Action Framework (UNDAF) cycle, currently under preparation for countries in West Africa.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Considers Reports from Funds, Side Events Consider Land, Farmers, INDCs [viewed]

cop21_iisdrs2 December 2015: On Wednesday, 2 December, African parties to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) endorsed Morocco to host COP 22. Also during the COP plenary, the Strategic Climate Fund reported that, for the first time, it has provided two draft compiled texts on guidance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Other Commitments Announced [viewed]

unfccc_cop212 December 2015: National and local governments, river basin organizations, civil society and businesses announced the creation of coalitions and initiatives related to water and climate change at an event on ‘Water Resilience' under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which is convening at the Paris Climate Change Conference. These initiatives include: the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation, MegaCities Coalition on Water; Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change; Adaptation of the West African coastal areas; and Maritime Regions in Action against Climate Change.

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FAO-Google Partnership to Increase Mapping Technology Accessibility and Training [viewed]

fao_google1 December 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google Maps have agreed to cooperate to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, aiming to enhance countries' capacity to assess changes in forested areas, develop forest and land-use policies and estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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PROFOR Investigates How Forests Enhance Climate Resilience of Drinking Water Supply [viewed]

PROFOR24 November 2015: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued a case study demonstrating how forest preservation and restoration can enhance the climate change resilience of drinking water supplies, focusing on Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Issued as a PROFOR Working Paper, the case study was produced in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium.

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FAO Issues Summary Report on Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a publication containing key messages from the February 2015 International Online Conference on the 'Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector.' The report addresses afforestation and reforestation, reduced deforestation and degradation, changing forest management practices, wood energy, green building and sustainable packaging.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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