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Climate Change Science and Policy

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
The UNFCCC is an international treaty to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with temperature increases. A number of nations have agreed on an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful measures.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC has been established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA)
The ACIA is an international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences.

Climate Change and Biodiversity-related Organizations

The Nature Conservancy
Global Climate Change Initiative
The Global Climate Change Initiative of the Nature Conservancy aims at developing solutions to slow the rate of global warming and finding options for the Earth’s natural diversity, human communities and economic investments to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
Nature-based solutions - climate change
IUCN promotes nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, secure water, food and energy supplies, reduce poverty and drive economic growth. IUCN works with governments, UN agencies and industry to ensure that nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources contribute to reducing climate change and adapting to its impacts.

United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Biodiversity and Climate Change Programme
UNEP-WCMC’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme provides decision makers with policy-relevant information, syntheses and analyses on the linkages between climate change and biodiversity. The work focuses on the impacts of climate change and climate policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and on the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

WWF
Work on Climate Change
The WWF works on low carbon development and climate policy, clean and smart energy, forests and climate, climate finance, and climate business engagement.

Conservation International (CI)
Initiative on Climate Change
Conservation International (CI) is working with partners to identify opportunities for effective mitigation and adaptation strategies in the places most sensitive to the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change and Other Organizations and Institutes

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Thematic Area on Climate Change
UNEP has a key role to play in a broad range of activities related to understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change. The context for UNEP’s activities is provided by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol.

UNESCO – World Heritage Centre (WHC)
Cross-cutting Issue on Climate Change
Recognizing the impacts of climate change on World Heritage natural and cultural properties, the World Heritage Committee requested the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO to convene a broad working group of experts on the impacts of climate change on World Heritage.

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Climate Change Programme (CCP)
Guided by the UNFCCC COP 7 Decisions 2 and 3, the UNITAR Climate Change Programme assists in enhancing or creating regional pools of expertise in the developing world, as well as strengthening the infrastructure for delivering capacity building activities and developing their human resources.

Food and Agriculture (FAO)
Priority area for interdisciplinary action on climate change
In the area of climate change, the Organization contributes to the debate by assessing the available scientific evidence, participating in observing and monitoring systems, collecting global datasets and by providing a neutral forum for negotiations and technical discussions on climate change and agriculture.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Cross-Cutting Initiative on Climate Change
UNDP is committed to supporting developing countries in responding to climate change concerns as part of their overall sustainable development efforts. UNDP works with developing countries to create integrated solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges, with a primary focus on improving the lives of those living in extreme poverty.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Climate Change and Energy Theme
IISD is dedicated to identifying and promoting innovative solutions that support the transition to a clean, secure and sustainable future. The approach is to bring together developing and developed country issues; corporate and social needs; mitigation and adaptation strategies; and economic, social and environmental well-being.

Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC)
The CCRC is a website designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to deliver science-based information and tools to resource managers regarding climate change and forest management.

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