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DIVERSITAS has been invited over the past five years by the SBSTA of the UNFCCC to participate in annual "Research Dialogues" between Parties to UNFCCC and Global Environmental Change programmes on emergent scientific findings relevant to the needs of this convention.

 

In June 2014 (Bonn, Germany), Sybil Seitzinger (Executive Director, IGBP) reported at the Research Dialogue session at SBSTA 40 of UNFCCC, on behalf of the four ICSU Global Environmental Change programmes (DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP). She gave presentations on the following topics :

  • Recent developments in global climate information
  • Emerging scientific findings: the polar regions. DIVERSITAS presentation: "New global biodiversity scenario analysis: showcasing win-win situations for climate and biodiversity".

The contributions were made available to Parties on the UNFCCC website.

 

In June 2013 (Bonn, Germany), Sybil Seitzinger, IGBP, reported at UNFCCC-SBSTA 38 Research Dialogue on behalf of DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP. Presentations were made on the following themes:

  • Recent developments in global climate information. IGBP/WCRP presentation: "Global science updates from international research programmes and organizations"
  • Emerging scientific findings: Ecosystems and GHG emissions and removals from sources, sinks and reservoirs, including from terrestrial ecosystems
  • Needs for climate change research and developments in research-related capacity building. IGBP/IHDP/DIVERSITAS presentation: "Overview of findings and results from international research programmes and organizations, including on terrestrial and coastal and marine ecosystems"

The contributions were made available to Parties as Document FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.5 and Add.1, and uploaded on the UNFCCC website.

 

In May 2012 (Bonn, Germany), ESSP programmes (DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP) reported at UNFCCC-SBSTA 36 on emerging scientific findings, at a session dedicated to research and systematic observations, chaired by Mr. Richard Muyungi, Chair of the SBSTA. Presentations were made on the three following themes selected by delegates:

  • Updates from recent climate change research on aspects relevant to the long-term global goal: emission pathways, new scenarios and recent global and regional emission trends
  • Coastal and marine ecosystems: Greenhouse gas sources, sinks and reservoirs
  • Updates from recent climate change research: Other areas of relevance to the Convention, including research-related capacity building

 

In June 2011 (Bonn, Germany), ESSP programmes (DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP) and joint projects reported at UNFCCC-SBSTA 34 on emerging scientific findings, research plans, gaps and priorities of interest to climate negotiators (200 delegates).

 

In 2010, DIVERSITAS report to SBSTA 32 (Bonn, 3 June 2010) included highlights on:

  • Observing climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services,
  • Modelling the interactions between biodiversity and climate change,
  • Assessing future changes (GBO-3 scenarios),
  • Toward an IPCC-like mechanism for biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES),
  • Biodiversity "tipping-points" (GBO-3), and
  • Adaptive management strategies for biodiversity in the face of climate change.

 

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