Regional Development Bank

IDB Funds Second-Generation Biofuels in Chile [viewed]

© IDB6 October 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund a feasibility study in Chile to explore sustainable biodiesel derived from forest industry byproducts and wood waste, which do not compete with food production.

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UNITAR Joins Nairobi Framework to Improve Participation of Developing Countries in CDM [viewed]

© UNITAR5 October 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) joined the Nairobi Framework, an initiative aimed at assisting developing countries especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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UNDESA and Regional Development Banks Launch Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

25 September 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are among more than 30 members of the new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

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ADB Creates Financing Facility for Energy Efficiency in Pakistan [viewed]

© ADB17 September 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending US$780 million to Pakistan through a financing facility for energy efficiency projects to secure the country's growing energy needs and reduce its reliance on costly, polluting fossil fuels.

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EIB Funds Energy Efficiency in Italy [viewed]

17 September 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting Italy, through a US$200 million framework loan to Centrobanca, to finance small and medium-scale energy efficiency projects, hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaic and biomass plants.

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IDB Releases New Version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard [viewed]

© IDB11 September 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon emissions from land use change, and food security.

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ADB Highlights South Asia's Vulnerabilities to Climate Change [viewed]

© ADB2 September 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) presented, during the South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference on “A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas,” the preliminary findings of a study that highlights how melting Himalayan glaciers and other climate change impacts pose a direct threat to the water and food security of more than 1.6 billion people in South Asia.

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South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference Highlights Vulnerabilities of South Asia to Climate Change [viewed]

© Kathmandu 1 September 2009: Government leaders meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference “A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas” issued a Final Statement noting that South Asia, including the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, is a climate change hot spot that influences the lives of half of the world's population, is highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, and is characterized by critical knowledge gaps, especially of mountain ecosystems within and across its constituent units.

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ADB Workshop on Regional Economics of Climate Change [viewed]

© ABD17 August 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a “National Expert Workshop for Regional Economics of Climate Change in South Asia,” in Colombo, Sri Lanka to address technologies and options available to confront climate change in the country.

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Event: 11th Annual BIOECON Conference on Economic Instruments to Enhance the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity [viewed]

This Conference, hosted by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in association with Conservation International, DEFRA, Department of Land Economy of Cambridge University and the European Investment Bank (EIB), is focused on identifying the most effective and efficient instruments for biodiversity conservation. Among other issues it will address the demand for climate mitigation services, such as the protection of forests and wetlands to absorb carbon dioxide.  

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