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News "Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water" released by the IPCC

The "Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water" has been released by the IPCC (Intergovernamental Panel on Climate Change) last April and it constitutes an important addition to the 4th IPCC Assessment Report. In the last 20 years the IPCC has issued four multi-volume Assessments (1990, 1995, 2007, and 2007) addressing scientific, technical and socio-economic information about climate change. The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report was released on November 17, 2007.  

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific body tasked to evaluate the risk of climate change caused by human activity. The panel was established in 1988 by two branches of the United Nations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The IPCC does not carry out research, nor does it monitor climate or related phenomena. A main activity of the IPCC is publishing special reports on topics relevant to the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty that acknowledges the possibility of harmful climate change; implementation of the UNFCCC led eventually to the Kyoto Protocol.


The IPCC carries out its work through three Working Groups and a Task Force:

  • Working Group I assesses the scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.
  • Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it.
  • Working Group III assesses options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and otherwise mitigating climate change.
  • The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is responsible for the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme.


The chairman of IPCC is Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, who has been awarded (as representative of the IPCC) of the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change". The ceremony was held last November and he was awarded jointly with former Vice President of the United States Al Gore.

Supplier: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 

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Source of information European Water Partnership (EWP)
Keyword(s) climate change
Geographical coverage International
News date 13/05/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH