Finance

IDB Supports Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects in Colombia [viewed]

IDB14 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $90 million facility to support on-lending to energy efficiency, cleaner production and renewable energy projects through Colombian financial institutions.

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Event: Third Central America Renewable Energy Forum (CAREF III) [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of the Americas, this meeting will bring together current and potential private sector investors with Central American energy ministers to promote an open discussion on obstacles and opportunities for regulatory reforms to support clean energy. The specific goal of CAREF III will be to deepen the dialogue and understanding of regulatory reform and best practices for renewable energy in the region.  

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MDGs Follow-up Meeting Calls for Equity-Based Approaches [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Government of Japan hosted a meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up, to build upon the outcome of the UN high-level plenary meeting on the MDGs held in September 2010, and propose effective approaches to accelerate MDG progress. The meeting also discussed cross-cutting issues critical for the acceleration of MDGs, including climate change, food security and human security.

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FAO to Scale-up Acacia Project to Combat Climate Change and Desertification [viewed]

10 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has identified the Acacia pilot project, which has proven successful in combating desertification, for wider roll out.

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World Bank, GEF and Others Partner to Improve Remote Sensing Observation in the Middle East [viewed]

9 June 2011: The World Bank has approved US$4.59 million in Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants, and partnered with NASA and USAID, to improve water resource and agricultural management in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and the Arab Water Council.

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IDB, GEF, Nature Conservancy and FEMSA Create US$27 Million Water Fund [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Nature Conservancy and the FEMSA Foundation have launched a US$27 million dollar initiative to create water funds, private-public partnerships to protect critical watersheds in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

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FCPF Collaborates on Report on REDD+ National Registries [viewed]

May 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and KfW Bankengruppe have collaborated to produce a report on the utility of national registries for initiatives on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNEP Hosts Faith Groups' Meeting on Climate Justice [viewed]

9 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted an event organized by the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), the All Africa Churches Conference (AACC) and the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) to discuss the position of faith groups on the environment and humanity, in particular climate change and its effects on Africa.

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Asia-EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Climate, Energy and Rio+20 [viewed]

7 June 2011: The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, from 6-7 June 2011, under the theme 
"Working together on non-traditional security challenges," addressed climate change, energy and Rio+20, among other agenda items.

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ITTO Releases Report on Tropical Forest Management [viewed]

7 June 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011," which states that the area of tropical forests under sustainable management has increased by 50% since 2005. It also warns that over 90% of tropical forests globally are poorly managed or not at all.

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