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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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IDB and Japan Sign MoU in Support of Clean Energy [viewed]

14 January 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency  (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support renewable energy and energy efficiency for the mitigation of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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EIB Funds Electric Vehicle Battery Research [viewed]

10 January 2011: Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Vincent Bolloré, CEO of the Bolloré Group, signed a EUR 130 million finance contract in support of research, development and innovation programmes in the field of electricity storage (batteries and electric vehicles).

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World Bank President Discusses Green Growth in India [viewed]

13 January 2011: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick and India's Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh, met in Delhi, India, to discuss how to further strengthen their partnership to advance India's green-growth agenda.

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SPREP Reports on Training Workshops on Adaptation Socioeconomic Assessment [viewed]

12 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on completing a series of sub-regional training sessions on the Socioeconomic Assessment Guides, in the context of the GEF-funded Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project.

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World Bank Umbrella Carbon Facility to Buy Post-2012 Carbon Credits [viewed]

12 January 2011: The World Bank has announced that Tranche 2 of its Umbrella Carbon Facility (UCF) is now operational with initial funding of €68 million. This Tranche provides the opportunity for existing carbon projects to continue selling their carbon credits well beyond 2012.

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ADB Publishes Climate Change Programs Report [viewed]

December 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report featuring its efforts to promote integrated solutions to address climate change threats in Asia and the Pacific.

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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Releases Publication on REDD+ Lessons [viewed]

December 2010: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, managed by the World Bank, has released a working paper titled "Harvesting Knowledge on REDD+: Early Lessons from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Initiative and Beyond," which highlights the importance of financial incentives and solid governance institutions.

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BioCarbon Fund Releases Brochure on Afforestation/Reforestation Lessons [viewed]

December 2010: The World Bank has released a brochure titled "The BioCarbon Fund Experience: Insights from Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects," which provides a snapshot of a report on the topic to be released in early 2011.

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IDB Approves Regional Climate Change Capacity Building Project [viewed]

4 January 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a regional institutional capacity building in climate change project to support countries in Latin America in addressing the impacts of climate change on their economies.

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