Institute IES Monthly Report: November 2007

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IES’ SCIENCE-article supports UN IPCC work IES’ CCU Unit Head F. Raes and former visiting scientist Rob Swart published an article in Science Magazine’s policy forum. Using the history of the UN Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution as analogy, they argue for requirements that are needed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to support the UNFCCC in designing of policy options. Ref: JRC>IES>>24003 SCIENCE Vol. 318, 30 Nov. 2007, p. 1386.  IES at Group on Earth Observations (GEO) event in Cape Town The GEO Ministerial Summit held in Cape Town on 28-30 Nov.’07, was combined with the GEO IV Conference and exhibition.

It gathered GEO Members from 72 governments plus the European Commission, as well as 46 organisations. SDI-Unit Head A. Annoni led the JRC part of the EC delegation. Cape Town was a major breakthrough for GEO, paving the way for more progress via a declaration. Also presented was input from GEM-Unit’s MONDE action e.g., early achievements in the frame of the GEOSS process: activities of the Africa Observatory for sustainable development, especially the monitoring of environmental indicators (for natural resource management), forest resources and biodiversity.

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