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World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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Japan Increases Contributions for Small-Island States Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Government of Japan announced a new US$15 million grant to support clean energy efforts and access to renewable energy by climate vulnerable island nations through the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK). The initiative provides financial and technical support to island countries to scale up their renewable energy efforts and promote greater energy efficiency.

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High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture Emphasizes Early Action Initiatives [viewed]

7 December 2011: The High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture, held on the margins of the Durban Climate Change Conference, heard a call to action from many of the dignitaries present who highlighted the need to support agriculture that addresses not only food security challenges but also climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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GEF Supports Connect4Climate Competition Awards to African Youth [viewed]

5 December 2011: The Connect4Climate (C4C) campaign competition, targeted at African youth aged 13 to 35, focused on videos and photos capturing stories of "climate change affecting Africa, your country, your community and you, your friends and your family."

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PROFOR Launches Updated Book on Managing Southern African Woodlands [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Bank's Programme on Forests (PROFOR) has launched an updated version of its study on the miombo woodlands of southern Africa. The original study explored policies, incentives and options for the rural poor. The updated study revisits this situation in the context of a changing climate, growing food insecurity and increasing demand for woodfuel and charcoal.

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World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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World Bank Approves Additional Financing for Turkey's Electricity from Renewables Program [viewed]

World Bank22 November 2011: The World Bank has approved additional financing for US$500 million to tap Turkey's significant renewable energy potential from hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other resources.

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World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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