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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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UN Secretary-General Launches UN REDD Programme [viewed]

Government trainees and forest workers make a tree inventory, Philippines 24 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

announced the launch of the United Nations' Reduced Emissions from

Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Programme, which aims to combat

climate change through creating incentives to reverse deforestation trends.

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Senegal Signs First CDM Agreement with World Bank [viewed]

L-R: Samuel Amet Sarr, Minister of Energy, Senegal; Meskerem Mulatu, World Bank; and Modibo Diop, Director General, Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER)4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural

Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for

the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's

rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.

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UNEP Uses Google Earth to Allow People to See Climate Change's Effects [viewed]

UNEP uses Google Earth to Put You in the Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service 4 September 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

developed a new service that utilizes Google Earth to enable people to see the

effects of climate change and other environmental hotspots.

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SEED 2008 Award Winners Announced [viewed]

SEED announces its 2008 Award Winners 21 August 2008: The Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SEED) Initiative has announced the winners of its 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. The SEED Initiative is a global network for action on sustainable development partnerships, founded by IUCN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to deliver progress toward the internationally-agreed goals in the UN's Millennium Declaration and the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.

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Toyota Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

Leading Automaker Toyota Motor Europe Joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network 18 August 2008: Toyota Motor Europe has become the first car manufacturer to join the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network.

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Preliminary Findings of World Bank Study on Water and Climate Change Released [viewed]

A World Bank study looks at the impact of climate change on water systems. 18 August 2008: In an interview, Vahid Alavian, World Bank

water adviser, who is attending the Stockholm World Water Week that focuses on

sanitation and will conclude on 23 August 2008, reports on progress and

preliminary findings of a two-year World Bank study on water and climate

change.

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UN and Philippines Sign Joint Programme to Strengthen the Country's Adaptation Capacity [viewed]

UN, Spain, RP sign US$ 8 M climate change programme 6 August 2008: The UN Resident Coordinator for the

Philippines, Nileema Noble, and counterparts in the Philippines Government,

signed a Joint Programme on ‘Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional

Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change,' with a US$8 million grant from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement

Fund (MDG-F).

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CBD: Brazilian State of Parana Offsets Carbon Emissions of the CBD's Secretariat Operations [viewed]

State of Parana Delivers on Its Commitment to Offset Carbon Emissions of the Operations of the CBD Secretariat 1 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced, in a notification, that the state

government of Parana in Brazil has delivered on its commitment to offset all

carbon emissions arising out of the CBD Secretariat's operations between the

ninth and the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP), including the travel of

funded party representatives to attend official CBD meetings, estimated at

around 10,200 tons of carbon equivalent.

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ESCAP Joins “Cool UN” Programme [viewed]

ESCAP Joins 'Cool UN' Programme 1 August 2008: UN Secretary-General wore a casual outfit to kick off the “Cool UN” scheme, which seeks to curb the organization's greenhouse gas emissions, limit the use of air conditioning and save money for the UN. The UN Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand, which houses over a dozen of the Organization's entities, also joined the “Cool UN” scheme.

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