International Financial Institution

CIF Partnership Documents Posted, Comments Sought on Lessons in Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

March 2010: Documents for the 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, which will gather CIF stakeholders to share lessons learned from the CIF design process and from early implementation of CIF-funded programmes, have been posted online. Also available online is a draft document titled "Looking Ahead for Lessons in the Climate Investment Funds: Emerging Themes for Learning," which is open for comments.

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World Bank Announces First Large-Scale Forest CDM Project Registered in Africa [viewed]

3 March 2010: The World Bank has presented Africa's first large-scale forestry project to be registered under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The announcement was made on the margins on the annual Africa Carbon Forum, which is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 3-5 March 2010.

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World Bank Launches Book on Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

2 March 2010: The World Bank has launched a book titled "Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change," which features examples of World Bank projects applying ecosystem-based approaches.

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International Conference Agrees to Develop the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2 March 2010: The fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-27 February 2010.

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IMF Managing Director Proposes Insurance for Low Income Countries Against Effects of Climate Change [viewed]

26 February 2010: Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Bretton Woods Committee, held in Washington DC, US, on 26 February 2010, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), proposed to expand the IMF's role as a provider of insurance for low-income countries against global volatility and the effects of climate change.

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WTO Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations Focus on Climate-Friendly Products [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS) to continue negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods and services, and noted a renewed focus on liberalizing trade in climate-friendly products, such as solar energy-related parts and components, wind and hydro-electric energy and gas-turbines, natural gas and clean-diesel vehicles, and products used in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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World Bank Consultation in Australia Highlights Importance of Sustainable Urban Planning in Pacific Islands [viewed]

22 February 2010: The World Bank office in Sydney, Australia, held a civil society consultation on the World Bank's proposed new Environment Strategy, on 22 February 2010. Stakeholders at the consultation highlighted the importance of urban planning in countries that are especially vulnerable to climate change, such as the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati.

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Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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WTO Seeks Comments on Links Between Trade and Deforestation [viewed]

February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is providing a discussion forum for stakeholders to present opinions on trade in natural resources, and has invited comments on an article on trade and deforestation.

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Event: Second Earth Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Earth Fund Board will consider, among other issues, two US$5 million proposals, namely a Public-Private Funding Mechanism for Watershed Protection, and a proposal for greening the cocoa industry.  

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