World Bank

January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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World Bank Launches 'Thirsty Energy' Initiative [viewed]

Thirsty-Energy21 January 2014: The World Bank has launched the 'Thirsty Energy' initiative in response to interlinked water and energy challenges, including growing competition for energy and water resources by an expanding global population, and increasing uncertainty caused by climate change.

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World Bank Paper Outlines Options for Low-Carbon Urban Investment in Shanghai [viewed]

World Bank21 January 2014: The World Bank has announced a paper that presents innovative bottom-up approaches to help cities set low-carbon targets and identify cost-effective, low-carbon investments for meeting these targets. The methodology presented in the study, titled 'Applying Abatement Cost Curve Methodology for Low-Carbon Strategy in Changning District, Shanghai,' is designed to be replicable in cities elsewhere in China and around the world.

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CARICOM Chair Vows to Make Climate Change Adaptation a Priority Focus [viewed]

CARICOM9 September 2014: The new Chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) pledged to use his six-month term to address the effects of climate change on CARICOM member countries.

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CIF Program to Help Overcome Barriers to Geothermal Investments [viewed]

CIF18 December 2013: The World Bank has reported on efforts to implement the US$115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program, which was launched in October 2013 by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The Program will foster private sector involvement in geothermal energy exploration and test drilling, the riskiest element of geothermal energy development.

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World Bank, GEF Support Land and Water Management in Sudan [viewed]

World Bank - GEF18 December 2013: The World Bank and Government of Sudan have signed a $7.74 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support integrated landscape management for sustainable livelihoods.

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Event: Latin American Workshop on Law of International Waters [viewed]

Organized by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Central and South America, the Latin American Water Education and Training Network (LA-WETNet), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and universities from Chile, Colombia and Peru, the workshop aims to train professionals from environment and foreign ministries, members of parliament, and national water management institutions in themes linked to transboundary waters. The workshop will examine the importance of transboundary waters, water basin as well as management units in the regional context, the management of transboundary water courses and the impacts of climate change on international waters. The workshop will also introduce tools for action and cooperation in the regional context. The World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) founded GWP in 1996 to foster integrated water resources management (IWRM). LA-WETNet is a regional network that offers training services for integrated water management and for access to water and sanitation.  

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ESMAP Annual Report Reviews Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Development [viewed]

ESMAP28 December 2013: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published its annual report for 2013, marking the 30th year since ESMAP's founding. The report highlights programmes, results, outputs and budgetary information from 2013, and looks ahead at work to be undertaken in coming years.

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Burkina Faso Joins FCPF [viewed]

World Bank AFDB20 December 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has announced the admittance of Burkina Faso as a REDD+ funding eligible country. The announcement was accompanied by US$3.8 million in funding to develop and begin implementation of a national REDD+ strategy.

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FCPF 2013 Annual Report Focuses on Readiness [viewed]

Forest CarbonDecember 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has released its 2013 Annual Report, which offers a strategic review of FCPF's main achievements related to intermediate impacts, strategic outcomes, and short-term outputs in its fifth year of implementation.

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