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PROVIA 2014 opens call for nomination for the PROVIA international Scientific Steering Committee

PROVIA Nominating Committee welcomes both self-nominations and nominations by a third party to submit qualified names for consideration. A completed nomination package must be received by 10 August 2014, 12:00 noon Nairobi time.

Please refer to the Nomination call in order to be considered.
10-11 May 2014
Fifth Interim Scientific Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)

The 5th PROVIA Interim Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) meeting discussed aspects of PROVIA’s work plan for 2014- 2016. The approved workplan focuses in 3 areas:
  • Research activities: developing the knowledge base
  • Dissemination and outreach: communicating the knowledge, and
  • Development and training activities.
Press release of the meeting can be found here.
29-30 August 2013
Workshop on Scientific Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation

A workshop on scientific approaches to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of climate change was held 29-30 August 2013 in London, UK. The event was sponsored by PROVIA and hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development. The objective of the workshop was to identify gaps in current M&E methodologies for climate change adaptation and to identify ways that better guidance could be developed for governments, donors or adaptation practitioners. About 25 experts in M&E participated.

Participants identified a number of overarching challenges for climate change adaptation that include normalization, non-linearity of trends, and baselines and targets. Participants proposed the development of a series of papers that would explore certain challenges in more detail. PROVIA is interested in supporting efforts that provide clearer guidance on M&E and result in an increased uptake of M&E practices in the implementation of climate adaptation initiatives. The outcomes of the workshop will guide these efforts.
4-5 June 2013
PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee Meets

The 4th PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) Meeting took place in Bonn, Germany, 4-5 June 2013.

The SSC members discussed activities for the coming months, including outreach and training activities related to PROVIA’s two forthcoming publications, as well as an upcoming workshop on developing sound guidance for monitoring and evaluation. The first publication to be launched is a list of research priorities for climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. The SSC agreed to continue linking specific research priority topics to ongoing activities, workshops and assessments, as well as to engage with a variety of communities and provide support in the development of research plans around select priority topics. The second publication to be launched is a guidance document for vulnerability, impacts and adaptation assessments. The SSC agreed to a number of next steps, including consultation with target users, the development of an interactive electronic tool based on the document, the preparation of training modules, and continued dialogue with relevant UNFCCC expert groups on the possible use of the guidance for preparation of National Adaptation Plans and National Communications.

During the second day of the meeting, SSC members and PROVIA Secretariat invited potential partner organizations to discuss possible areas of synergy and collaboration. More than 10 organizations attended, including various UN and government agencies.

A message from the UNEP Executive Director to the Scientific Steering Committee can be viewed here.

15-23 May 2013
WMO Executive Council Approves PROVIA as a Component of the World Climate Programme

The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) agreed to include PROVIA as a component of the World Climate Programme (WCP) during its 65th Session in Geneva, Switzerland, 15-23 May 2013.

PROVIA joins three other current components of the WCP, which include the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the World Climate Services Programme (WCSP).The Executive Council also invited the UNEP Executive Director to facilitate representation of WMO in the PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee and invited PROVIA participation in the Executive Council Working Group on Climate and Related Weather, Water and Environmental Matters (ECWG-CWE).

The WCP aims to enhance climate services by maintaining a global observing system that adequately meets climate information needs, expanding the knowledge base of the physical climate system in order to allow more skilful climate predictions and projections and developing operational structures to facilitate the provision of climate services. PROVIA and the other components of the WCP thus contribute to the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services.

PROVIA was recognized by UNEP’s governing body in February 2013.
11 - 12 April 2013
Workshop on Suggested Research Priorities for Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change

On 11-12 April 2013, PROVIA co-sponsored a workshop with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in London, UK on suggested research priorities for vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA) to climate change. The workshop was based on an analysis that identified VIA research gaps in consultation with the science and policy communities, led by PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee member, Dr Cynthia Rosenzweig. ( A summary of this work can be found here ). The objectives of this workshop were to share the Research Priorities identified from this gap analysis with key stakeholders, obtain feedback from these stakeholders on their own VIA research priorities and discuss next steps in collaboratively supporting VIA research. Participants in the workshop, which included PROVIA partners, donor organizations and others, agreed that the Research Priorities should be communicated widely. Although the Research Priorities are mainly intended to serve as guidance for donors and funding organizations, they should be communicated with different audiences and could influence further VIA research and assessments. Furthermore, participants encouraged more collaborative meetings and workshops with PROVIA stakeholders to discuss how specific priorities can be addressed. The final list of Research Priorities is expected to be published in the coming months.

 
     

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PROVIA 2014 opens call for nomination for the PROVIA international Scientific Steering Committee
PROVIA Nominating Committee welcomes both self-nominations and nominations by a third party to submit qualified names for consideration. Kindly refer to the Nomination call in order to be considered.

PROVIA priority activities for 2014 and 2015
PROVIA Interim Scientific Steering Committee reviewed PROVIA’s work plan and approved new activities. The Committee will be commencing these activities under “PROVIA priority activities for 2014-2015.

PROVIA GREEN ROOM EVENT: Climate Science for Adaptation Policy at the first United Nations Environment Assembly(UNEA)
During the First United Nations Environment Assembly, 23-27 June 2014, Nairobi, Kenya, PROVIA will organize a GREEN ROOM EVENT on 25 June, 15:00-15:45. The event focuses on PROVIA in the global climate service landscape and PROVIA priority activities for 2014-2015.

The Provisional Agenda for the Event can be found here.

Fifth Interim Scientific Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)
The 5th PROVIA Interim Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) meeting took place on 10-11 May 2014, Fortaleza, Brazil to discuss aspects of PROVIA’s work plan for 2014- 2016.

Press release of the meeting can be found here.

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