Intergovernmental Organization

UNEP Announces Watersheds Project in Kenyan Forest [viewed]

UNEP Announces Watersheds Project in Kenyan Forest29 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a three-year intervention to rehabilitate the Northern Mau Forest in Kenya. The EU-funded project is expected to restore of water catchments, establish payments for environmental services, improve the livelihoods of local communities, and monitor carbon storage in the Mau Forest.

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Event: IRENA Media Workshops on Renewable Energy at Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the South African Ministry of Energy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South African Renewables Initiative, is convening a series of media workshops during the Durban Climate Change Conference, to inform journalists on key issues facing the renewable energy sector. The workshops will feature briefings by experts from the private sector, government, international organisations and news media. Experts will provide the latest information on investment trends in renewables, innovative financing solutions, and impacts of renewables on jobs and economic growth. Resource materials will bring together key facts and figures, and highlight opportunities for news reporting. The workshops will consist of of six two-hour sessions, exploring the following issues: Financing Renewables to Scale – Lessons from South Africa and Elsewhere (December 1, 10:00-12:00); Access to Energy – What Role for Renewable Energy? (December 5, 10:00-12:00); Energy Subsidies – How Much is Being Spent, and to What Effect? (December 5, 17:00-18:30); Barriers to Renewable Energy – What are They and How Can They Be Overcome? (December 6, 10:00-12:00); Unlocking the Door to a Green Economy – Renewable Energy, Job Creation and Economic Growth (December 7, 10:00-12:00); and Renewable Energy in Africa, organized by the South African Department of Energy (December 8, 10:00-12:00). Speakers include: Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, IRENA; George Mnguni, Deputy Director General, South African Department of Energy; Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy, Sierra Leone; Philippe Benoit, Head of Energy Efficiency and Environment, International Energy Agency; Kirsty Hamilton, Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House; Sakkie Leimecke, Lead Principal: Energy, Nedbank; and high-level government representatives. Journalists should register their interest by sending an email with name, affiliation, contact details, and workshop/s of interest to: mediaworkshops@irena.org.  

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SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries [viewed]

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

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AOSIS Chair Outlines Expectations Ahead of Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

Dessima Williams, Aosis23 November 2011: Speaking at a press conference ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has called on delegates in Durban to agree on the renewal of the Kyoto Protocol, as well as on a legally-binding instrument that would allow countries that are not party to the Protocol to take "legally and internationally credible" actions.

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ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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CARICOM Secretary-General Calls for US to Embrace COP 16 Outcome [viewed]

CARICOM22 November 2011: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque has urged the United States to formally commit to the outcome of the 16th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 16) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which convened in December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico.

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OECD Paper Recommends Reforms for Mexico's Energy Subsidies [viewed]

OECD at 5014 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Fiscal Reform for a Stronger Fairer and Cleaner Mexican Economy,” which claims that Mexico's current energy subsidy structure favors higher-income energy users and hinders the transition to low-carbon sources of energy.

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IEA Publishes Papers on Policies for Renewables Deployment and Market Prospects [viewed]

IEA24 November 2011: Accompanying the publication of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new book “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy,” the IEA has released three Information Papers on various aspects of renewables deployment.

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New OECD Publication on Climate Change Indicates Political Courage Needed in Durban [viewed]

OECD at 5024 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preview of the climate change messages found in the 2012 “OECD's Environmental Outlook to 2050,” which prompted OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to warn governments that negotiations must speed up to meet internationally-agreed climate goals.

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EEA Releases Report on CCS and Air Pollution [viewed]

EEA17 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report describing the effects that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may have on emissions of key air pollutants, in addition to keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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