Intergovernmental Organization

European Commission Launches Urban Adaptation Project [viewed]

17 April 2012: The European Commission Directorate General (DG) Climate Action has launched a project to help European cities adapt to climate change. The project, with is placed with a consortium led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and others, will prepare cities to address the challenges posed by climate change through capacity building, exchange of knowledge and best practices, and the development of tools and guidance.

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UNEP, SPC Assess Threats to Pacific Freshwater Resources [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Applied Geoscience and Technology Division, have released a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat – Pacific Islands,” which assesses the vulnerability of freshwater resources to environmental change. 

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Event: 23rd Annual SPREP Meeting [viewed]

The SPREP meeting is held annually for its member countries and donors, to highlight progress made and discuss strategic plans and other regional conventions that pertain to SPREP's mandate.  

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Nordic Council of Ministers Releases Report on Flexible Emissions Fees [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has launched a report on using flexible emissions fees as an incentive to drive sustainable production and consumption. The report asks whether flexible emission fees could be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while encouraging economic development, based on Anders Höglund's proposal for a Flexible Emissions Fee Mechanism.

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ECOWAS Regional Bioenergy Forum Adopts Regional Bioenergy Strategy Framework [viewed]

April 2012: Participants at the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) Regional Bioenergy Forum, which took place from 19-22 March in Bakamo, Mali, focused on a range of issues related to moving from traditional bioenergy to developing access to modern bioenergy.

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PACE-Net Conference Focuses on Water, Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Hazards [viewed]

18 April 2012: The Pacific-European Network (PACE-Net) Conference, which convened under the theme "Strengthening Pacific-European Collaboration in Research, Development, and Innovation," featured workshops on water, agriculture and forestry, natural hazards, fisheries, and mid-term research, development and innovation policies.

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New EU-Pacific Partnership to Address Climate Change [viewed]

12 April 2012: With the aim of reinforcing its cooperation with Pacific countries to help address the impacts of climate change, including the effects of rising sea levels, the European Commission has issued a joint communication titled “Towards a renewed EU-Pacific development partnership.” The partnership aims to effectively address climate change and development in a coordinated manner.

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Event: Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20 [viewed]

This Roundtable is coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). It is based on the recognition that forests have been largely excluded from most of the key discussions in the preparations for Rio+20, despite making important contributions toward solving many sustainable development challenges. The event aims to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda in 2012. Participants will discuss new research findings, remaining knowledge gaps and the policy implications for integrating forests into the solutions to several key challenges to progress toward a green economy, namely: energy, water, climate, food and income. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: International Workshop on Corruption, Natural Resources and the Environment [viewed]

This workshop will be organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance, and the Australian National University. The organizers are inviting papers on: the social and economic impacts of corruption in biodiversity management, climate change activities, fisheries, forestry, and water management; and the theory and practice of anti-corruption policies in resource and environmental management. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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IEA, IIP Publish Report on Energy Management Programmes [viewed]

IEA16 April 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP), has published “Energy Management Programmes for Industry: Gaining Through Saving.” This report is part of IEA's Policy Pathway publication series detailing implementation of the “IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations.”

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