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UNDP and Botswana Promote Solar Energy [viewed]

13 July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Botswana, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is introducing alternative fuels and solar power to reduce carbon emissions to bring sustainable solutions to environmental and health problems, in addition to saving time for women and girls by reducing the time needed to collect wood.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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GEF Council Approves Major Reforms in New Funding Cycle [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 38th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council took place in Washington DC, US, from 29 June-1 July 2010, and approved major reforms aimed at helping developing countries to meet international environmental challenges, including those related to climate change and biodiversity.

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World Bank Supports Adaptation in the Philippines [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a pilot project in the Philippines, called the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), which is designed to enable targeted rural communities to cope with the impact of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Experts Report on Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.2) of the first meeting of the reconstituted Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), which took place in Bonn, Germany, from 29- 31 March 2010.

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UNDP and Turkmenistan Support Adaptation in Caspian Area [viewed]

4 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Hazar Nature Reserve, located on the Caspian Sea Coast of Turkmenistan, are developing adaptive approaches to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the reserve. The project, implemented in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan, aims to predict and map the effects of climate change, including rapid change of the shoreline, the emergence of new islands, the disappearance of existing landscapes, and biodiversity loss.

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UNEP, GEF Launch Initiative to Green World Cup [viewed]

8 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) have announced an initiative to green the World Cup and assist in reducing carbon emissions.

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Event: Fifth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5), Second Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF 2), and 15th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) [viewed]

These three events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "Coping with Copenhagen: Water, Waste, Energy, Health..." to emphasize actions and strategies to address key Caribbean environmental issues against the backdrop of climate change. The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The CSEF focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy security for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Jamaican Government, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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World Bank Approves Financing for Chillers Replacement [viewed]

3 June 2010: The World Bank approved a bundle of financial instruments for a project called the “Chillers Energy Efficiency Project,” which will replace around 375 chillers in the Philippines with more climate-friendly technologies.

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Fourth GEF Assembly Reviews GEF Policies and Operations [viewed]

28 May 2010: The fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 25-26 May 2010. The Assembly was preceded by a Civil Society Forum and a GEF Council meeting, which  took place at the same venue.

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