Intergovernmental Organization

ACPC Holds Workshop on Meteorological Data in Ethiopia [viewed]

21 September 2012: The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) held the first of a planned series of workshops on meteorological data in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-21 September 2012, with future workshops planned for four other African countries.

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Event: IEA Sustainable Energy Training Seminar [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA), Mexican Department of Energy (SENER), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are holding this event to encourage policymakers to exchange best practices in sustainable energy, and will also see the launch of several new publications. The training event is particularly focused on low-carbon energy policies and technologies, including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Two parallel courses on "Energy Efficiency Policy and Measures" and "Energy Technology Planning and Analysis" are offered. During the event, several new publications will also be released, including: the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012"; the Latin American version of the "Energy Efficiency Governance Handbook"; and the IDB's new monthly series of energy efficiency booklets.  

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Event: International Banana Symposium [viewed]

Scientific experts, researchers, government agencies and private industries working on banana issues will gather for an international banana symposium co-organized by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI), Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan, Bioversity International and the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET). The symposium's theme will be “Banana health management, use diversification and adaptation to climate change.” Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2012.  

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EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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CCAFS, FAO Release Brief on Smallholder Farmers' Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

17 September 2012: Highlighting that smallholder farmers can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation but will need incentives to adapt their practices, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a policy brief related to the role of smallholders in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology [viewed]

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

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CIFOR Announces Piloting of New REDD+ Safeguards System in Indonesia [viewed]

14 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has reported that the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan will start piloting a new safeguard information system (SIS) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) in December 2012.

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SICA, Mexico Launch Forum on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

August 2012: Central American nations and Mexico launched a new Forum for the Comprehensive Management of Disaster Risk to promote disaster risk awareness in Central America and share the experiences of Mexico in the development and implementation of financial instruments for the prevention and management of natural disasters and disaster risk transfer schemes.

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IEA Head Inaugurates Rural Solar Power Plants in India [viewed]

IEA13 September 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, recently inaugurated two solar-power plants in the mountainous Ladakh region of India as part of the village electrification component of the country's push for renewable energy.

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IFPRI Produces Water Management Mapping Tool for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia [viewed]

23 August 2012: In an effort to help policy makers identify how to invest in smallholder agricultural water technologies, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has developed a web-based, decision-making mapping tool.

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