9 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced the completion of the nearly US$1 million Joint Geophysical Imaging project in Kenya. The project tested new seismic and drilling techniques to tap steam from hot underground rocks, and found wells of steam able to generate 4-5 MW of electricity, with one well yielding 8 MW.
3 December 2008: At a side event held during the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, two least developed countries shared their experience in integrating climate change risks into various sectors, including agriculture and health through the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).
14 November 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. The Council also renewed efforts to scale up technology transfer to developing countries looking to mitigate and adapt to climate change challenges, by approving projects amounting to US$50 million for climate-related activities.
6 November 2008: Documents for the 34th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting,
which will convene from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US, are
9 October 2008: Commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Paris Re and Marsh have produced an index-based weather cover for the wind energy sector. The study analyzes the technical, legal and financial feasibility of implementing weather coverage in Mexico.
26 August 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat met with Ministers from West African countries, from 25-26 August 2008, in Cotonou, Benin, to develop a regional programme for climate change and biodiversity that provides the region with a more efficient use of resources from the GEF's Resource Allocation Framework (RAF).
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.
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.”
14 May 2008: In his opening statement to the thirty-fourth session of UNIDO's Industrial Development Board, UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said the accelerating process of global climate change is “ possibly the most pervasive and irreversible global crisis.” He said the global energy crisis was also significant because of its widespread implications, especially on industry, and pointed out other global challenges, including food and global instability, as the major challenges that UNIDO has been asked to assist the international community to resolve.
23 May 2008: Representatives from 40 donor and developing countries, meeting in Potsdam, Germany, reached an agreement on the creation of two international investment funds that will provide innovative financing for developing countries to pursue cleaner development paths and protect themselves from the impacts of climate change.