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Cook Islands Announces Renewable Energy Plan [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)5 July 2011: The Government of the Cook Islands has announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Chart – Te Atamoa O Te Uira Natura, which outlines how to achieve the target to produce 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

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Finland Contributes to Rio Conventions' Gender Mainstreaming Efforts [viewed]

4 July 2011: Finland has announced that it will contribute EUR250,000 to the Special Voluntary Trust Fund of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support implementation of the CBD Gender Plan of Action and activities to mainstream gender in the three Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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World Bank Institute Newsletter Highlights e-Courses on Carbon Finance [viewed]

World Bank29 June 2011: The June edition of the World Bank Institute's (WBI) Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights the launch of e-learning courses on topics including carbon finance, low carbon development, energy efficiency, and agriculture, which will be offered via the new WBI e-Institute commencing in July 2011.

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FCPF, UN-REDD Publish Jointly Commissioned Papers on REDD+ [viewed]

1 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published three jointly-commissioned papers on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The peer-reviewed papers address participation, benefit-sharing and safeguards initiatives for REDD+.

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GEF Highlights Climate and Biodiversity Benefits of Peatland Rehabilitation Project [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on the implementation of a project titled "Rehabilitation and Sustainable Use of Peatland Forests in South-East Asia,” highlighting its benefits, including biodiversity conservation, emissions reductions and increased carbon sinks.

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GEF SGP Funds Reforestation and Forest Rehabilitation in Malawi [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is funding a US$41,321 project for the rehabilitation of degraded forests in the Soche Mountain Forest Reserve in Malawi.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund27 June 2011: At its 14th meeting, held in Bonn, Germany on 22 June 2011, the Adaptation Fund Board approved US$17.4 million in grant funding and accredited the National Environment Fund of Benin as the fourth National Implementing Entity and the West African Development Bank as the first Regional Implementing Entity.

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Event: Oceans Day at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Global Ocean Forum will organize Oceans Day at Rio+20 in the Rio Conventions Pavilion parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Rio Pavilion is a collaborative effort among the Secretariats of the UNFCCC, UNCCD, CBD and the GEF. This event is expected to produce a Rio Ocean Declaration, with recommendations for advancing the sustainable development of the oceans, coasts and SIDS.  

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AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth [viewed]

27 June 2011: Speaking at the opening of the 19th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union Commission (AUC), leaders of the AU and other Africa regional organizations highlighted Africa's economic progress and called for a greater role and support for Africa's youth in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

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