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EBRD Invests in Heating Modernization Programme in Kazakhstan [viewed]

EBRD23 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in a modernization programme for the district heating infrastructure in Aktau, Kazakhstan, with a view to finance several other municipal projects in the wider Mangystau region.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (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).

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Workshop Introduces Proposed Information System on Amazon Basin Water Resources [viewed]

ACTO28 May 2012: A regional workshop trained national officials from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela involved in the project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for "the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon Basin, taking into consideration climate variability and change." The project is commonly known as the "GEF Amazonas Project." 

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ESMAP Bulletin Highlights Knowledge Exchange Forum and New Publications [viewed]

26 May 2012: The May issue of the World Bank-administered Energy Sector Management Assistance Program's (ESMAP) E-Bulletin highlights the 2012 Knowledge Exchange Forum, the release of its latest annual report and several new publications on transmission infrastructure for renewable energy sources from remote areas, sustainable development of Chinese cities, and district heating in Ukraine.   

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en.lighten Initiative Highlights Start of Efficient Lighting Transition Initiatives [viewed]

22 May 2012: The fifth issue of the e-newsletter of the en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights that the en.lighten Project Steering Committee endorsed the selection of 14 priority pilot countries, which will be supported in developing country-led efficient lighting transition strategies. Activities are set to commence in these pilot countries in June 2012.

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Honduras Hosts First LAC Dialogue on Climate Financing and Development Effectiveness [viewed]

4 May 2012: The First Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Finance and Development Effectiveness exchanged concrete experiences on various aspects of climate finance management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including public policies, the institutional architecture, and mechanisms for financial management.

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EBRD Announces New Energy Efficiency Phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative [viewed]

18 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is stepping up investments to improve energy efficiency and address climate change via new investment in projects worth up to €25 billion over the next three years, under the new phase of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).

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UNEP, World Bank and UN-HABITAT Welcome Pilot Protocol on Urban Emission Measurement and Reporting [viewed]

17 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) have welcomed the launch of the pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions, designed to harmonize the emissions measurement and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting process for cities.

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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