Finance

Event: CIF November 2011 Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) are a pair of funds that aim to help developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. The CIF Committee governs the implementation of CIF objectives, which support developing countries in piloting transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development.  

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Event: II Meeting on Climate Change of the Regional Policy Dialogue's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Network [viewed]

The II Meeting on Climate Change of the Regional Policy Dialogue's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Network is organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Dialogue will focus on new strategic trends in combating climate change, such as "green" mechanisms and financial institutions, programmatic bilateral aid programmes, and the implementation of national climate change programmes at the sub-regional and local levels. The program includes a review of specific cases such as the sectoral requirements for adaptation in the water sector, the implementation challenges for mitigation in the forestry sector, and energy efficiency. The meeting will include work sessions to explore the political guidelines of countries in the region in light of the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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CGIAR Launches Programme to Improve Maize Productivity [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a US$170 million global alliance and research programme to double the productivity of maize farms and increase their resilience to climate change.

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SPREP Reports on Renewable Energy Project Implementation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)6 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP), which is being implemented in 11 Pacific island countries.

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Cook Islands Announces Renewable Energy Plan [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)5 July 2011: The Government of the Cook Islands has announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Chart – Te Atamoa O Te Uira Natura, which outlines how to achieve the target to produce 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

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Finland Contributes to Rio Conventions' Gender Mainstreaming Efforts [viewed]

4 July 2011: Finland has announced that it will contribute EUR250,000 to the Special Voluntary Trust Fund of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support implementation of the CBD Gender Plan of Action and activities to mainstream gender in the three Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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World Bank Institute Newsletter Highlights e-Courses on Carbon Finance [viewed]

World Bank29 June 2011: The June edition of the World Bank Institute's (WBI) Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights the launch of e-learning courses on topics including carbon finance, low carbon development, energy efficiency, and agriculture, which will be offered via the new WBI e-Institute commencing in July 2011.

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Event: Forests Indonesia: Alternative Futures to Meet Demands for Food, Fibre, Fuel and REDD+ [viewed]

This event will provide a platform for leaders of government, parliament, the international and national business community, civil society and the research and development sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests. It will focus on a series of forums under two themes: trade and investment: implications for forests; and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in transition to a low-carbon future.  

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