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Guest Article #65: Clean Energy: Helping Propel Asia to New Prosperity [viewed]

There are many people claiming that this could very well be Asia's century. The region's relatively quick recovery from the global recession has caused the economic axis of the world to tilt in its direction, and Asia seems poised to lead the world with its vibrant, dynamic economies. While the eyes of the world may naturally fall on the economic powerhouses of the People's Republic of China and India, countries such as Indonesia and Viet Nam are also finding success, climbing out of poverty to reach middle income status within a few decades, and poised to continue their ascent.

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Holds Special Session on DRR [viewed]

3 September 2011: Flavia Munaaba, Ugandan Minister of State for the Environment, opened the Special Joint Session on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) during the 29th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF29). The Special Session was convened to effect a paradigm shift for addressing climate change and risks within the region, with participants highlighting progress in reducing drought risk so far.

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World Bank Institute Hosts Video Conference on Urban Efforts to Mitigate Emissions [viewed]

World Bank16 August 2011: The World Bank Institute (WBI) hosted a video conference and live chat on how major cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, discussing topics including urban mobility, integrated waste management, and technological applications for energy demand management.

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Event: Sixth Latin American Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Sixth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACF) will discuss the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and prospects for carbon projects in Latin America. The Forum is co-organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa Rica, the World Bank Institute (WBI), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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GEF SGP Launches Fifth Operational Phase in Asia [viewed]

21 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a six-day regional workshop with coordinators from Asia, to provide training and guidance on the vision and strategy of the programme, results-based management framework and GEF's visibility policy for the next four years.

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ADB Finances Solar Thermal Technology Project in China [viewed]

19 August 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million loan to boost energy efficiency in Shandong province in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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GEF Reports on Eastern Arc Mountain Forests Project [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented the results of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to conserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania, which, over seven years (2003-2010), increased protected area coverage by over 500,000 hectares and supported the creation of protected forest corridors in sensitive areas, including in the Derema area and Bunduki Gap in the Ulugurus.

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GEF Funds Environmental Fiscal Reform in Moldova [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed a project, to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to reform and develop fiscal instruments to improve targets under the three Rio Conventions in the Republic of Moldova.

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CDM Project in Egypt Replaces Polluting Taxi Fleet [viewed]

August 2011: The World Bank has provided an update on the Egypt Vehicle Scrapping and Recycling Programme, the first transport Programme of Activities to be registered under the UNFCCC's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and which is now providing funding for the replacement of old polluting taxi vehicles in Cairo.

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Latin American and Caribbean Countries Move Toward Phasing Out Inefficient Lighting [viewed]

12 August 2011: During the first regional meeting of the en.lighten initiative, conducted for Latin American and Caribbean countries, delegates adopted the Santo Domingo Declaration, which encourages the phasing out of general service incandescent lamps and the transition to more efficient lighting products.

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