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September 2017

UN Environment present The Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS)

September 13, 2017 @ 13:00 - 14:00 UTC

ABSTRACT The Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS) is a software platform developed by UN Environment with the support of Env. Agency Abu Dhabi to facilitate…

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April 2018

Ecolex – A Legal Knowledge Pool for the Environment

April 17, 2018 @ 13:00 - 14:00 UTC+0

SPEAKERS
Anni Lukács (IUCN Environmental Law Centre)
Andrés Vatter Rubio (FAO Development Law Service)
Eva Duer (Legal Officer in UN Environment's Division of Environmental Law and Conventions)

ABSTRACT
Access to laws, regulations and cases is of critical importance not only to lawyers, but to other stakeholders in decision-making relevant to environment, conservation and sustainable development. That is why the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Environment (UN Environment) officially established a partnership to set up ECOLEX-the Gateway to Environmental Law (www.ecolex.org) in 2001.
ECOLEX combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO (FAOLEX), IUCN (ELIS) and UNEP (InforMEA) and has become one of the most comprehensive global online information platforms on environmental law. Users can search information from over 180 countries in different languages by subject matter or key word in over:
2,100 multilateral and bilateral environmental treaties
147,000 national legal instruments
2,300 court decisions
11,000 decisions by treaty governing bodies
39,000 bibliographic references to law and policy literature
The webinar will provide an overview of the service provided by ECOLEX as well as an in-depth view of the backend information sources from the three partner organisations.

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May 2018

Artificial Intelligence for Earth

May 23, 2018 @ 18:00 - 19:00 +04

Dr Lucas Joopa of Microsoft Research

Time is too short, and resources too thin, to find solutions to our environmental sustainability challenges without the exponential power and assistance of AI. This webinar Microsoft’s new $50m 5 year AI for Earth program, dedicated to deploying Microsoft’s AI resources towards environmental challenges. I will describe the growing body of work in this program, and highlight specific projects, including the use of deep neural networks for creating high resolution land cover maps – a project in collaboration with the GIS company ESRI and the Chesapeake Conservancy, an environmental technology focused nonprofit in the United States.

SPEAKER
As Microsoft’s first Chief Environmental Scientist, Dr Joopa oversees AI for Earth, a cross-company program dedicated to deploying Microsoft’s deep investments in AI research and technology in the four key areas of climate change, agriculture, water, and biodiversity conservation. As one of Microsoft’s 10 AI Thought Leaders, Lucas also serves as the company’s internal and external focal point on corporate matters pertaining to environmental science and the application of technology to solve sustainability challenges. Lucas serves in an advisory role as a director, advisor, or fellow through the committees and boards of numerous public, private, and non-profit organizations dedicated to science and technology. Joopa maintains an active scientific research career and has published over 100 articles in leading academic journals.

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June 2018

Resource Watch by WRI

June 20, 2018 @ 13:00 - 14:00 UTC

ABSTRACT There is more data available today than ever before. Yet, too often policymakers, business leaders, and analysts cannot access the data they need to…

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Strategies for SDG National Reporting

June 28, 2018 @ 13:00 - 14:00 UTC

ABSTRACT The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, are a historic commitment to take on the world’s most pressing and intractable problems. Through…

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