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Fund Launched to Conserve Congo Basin Rainforest [viewed]

17 June 2008: The Congo Basin

Forest Fund, a multi-donor facility established to take action to protect the

forests in the Congo Basin region, was launched in London, UK. The Fund will be

used over a ten-year period, up to 2018, to finance the

Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) Action-Plan in ten different

strategic areas aimed at conserving the Congo Basin rainforest.

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UNESCO Launches Internet-Based Discussion Forum on Climate Change for Vulnerable Groups [viewed]

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June 2008: In an effort to

engage vulnerable groups in international debates on climate change, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Coasts and Small Islands Platform and Local

and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme has launched an Internet-based

discussion forum on climate change.

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Climate Forecast [viewed]

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By Richard Sherman and Peter Doran, IISDRS

While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) process is the official ‘home' for climate policy

negotiations, the road to Copenhagen will increasingly witness the

acceleration of initiatives across the United Nations system and the

intergovernmental sphere. System-wide initiatives on climate change

reflect a commitment across the UN family to support the UN

Secretary-General's commitment to play a leadership role in supporting

the international community's current efforts to address climate

change, using the Bali Action Plan and Roadmap, and to ensure that all

parts of the UN contribute to a solution.

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European Project on Ocean Acidification Launched [viewed]

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10 June 2008: The

European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.

This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27

organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to

document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,

predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on

potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.

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Maldives Prepares for Climate Change [viewed]

5 June 2008: As

part of the UN World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) strategy to implement the

recommendations of the Davos Declaration, a project aiming to integrate the

Maldives' tourism into its climate change adaptation activities is underway.

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World Bank Prices Bond Linked to CDM Project [viewed]

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June 2008: The World Bank has priced a US$25 million bond linked to Certified

Emissions Reductions (CERs) to be generated by a Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) project in China.

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UNDP and Japan Launch Programme on Climate Change Adaptation for Africa [viewed]

29 May 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan announced, at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), a US$ 92.1 million programme for climate change adaptation in Africa. The UNDP/Japan adaptation programme is expected to be operational in August 2008.

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World Bank Carbon Fund Project in Nicaragua Buying Carbon-Equivalent Emission Reductions [viewed]

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6 June 2008: The World Bank's Carbon Fund is facilitating a

US$8.37 million project in southern Nicaragua that plans to turn 600 hectares

of privately-owned former cattle ranches into new-growth teak forests. The Nicaragua Precious Woods Project began in August 2006,

and intends to absorb nearly 300,000 tons of carbon emissions by the year 2017

while conserving approximately 350 hectares of secondary forest and mature

trees.

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World Bank Announces Adaptation Programme for Glacier Retreat in the Andes [viewed]

29 May 2008: The World Bank announced a new

programme to address the impact of tropical glacier retreat in Bolivia, Peru, and

Ecuador. During the project launch in Lima, Peru, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo,

World Bank director for Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela noted that “Climate

change will heavily impact Andean countries' economies, particularly the poor.

Adapting to climate change is crucial given the severe and irreversible effects

it will have on the region.”

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India–UNIDO Programme of Cooperation to Boost Competitiveness of Indian Industries [viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the government of India recently signed a US$42 million agreement under the UNIDO Country Programme of Technical Cooperation in India 2008-2012.

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