Finance

World Bank Grants "Green Team" Award to Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 February 2013: The World Bank has granted the "Green Team Award" to the Sahel and West Africa Program in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP/GGWI),  in recognition of its work in 12 African countries to address land degradation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as biodiversity and forests.

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EC Releases Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The European Commission (EC) has published a Commission Staff Working Document on “Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles.” The document provides guidelines and proposes a common framework for using grants, loans, tax deductions, and other financial incentives to increase the number of clean and efficient vehicles in EU member States.

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Frankfurt School Provides Update on Market Study in Africa and New Financial Institutions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

1 March 2013: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released the second volume of its newsletter, including articles on: the Sustainable Energy Planning in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus project; a market study for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP); and the selection of new Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF) partners in Asia.

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CDM Registers 100th Programme of Activity [viewed]

UNFCCC27 February 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has now registered over 100 CDM Programmes of Activities (PoAs), achieving a new milestone. Under the CDM PoA, it is possible to have an unlimited number of similar project activities registered under a single programme umbrella.

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Showcases “Stories of Change” [viewed]

March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published "Stories of Change" for 2013, which is a booklet that showcases best practices and lessons learned from environmental mainstreaming in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Malawi, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Uruguay.

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CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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Momentum for Change Announces Women for Results Competition [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Momentum for Change Initiative announced a call for applications for the “Momentum for Change: Women for Results” competition. This competition aims to showcase women's leadership and participation on climate change from around the world with the goal of inspiring decision makers and the public to support immediate, ambitious action on climate change.

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EBRD Seminar Discusses Second Generation Biofuels [viewed]

15 March 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) organized a seminar, titled “Waste-to-Energy and Next-Generation Biofuels,” which brought together 18 agricultural companies, industry experts and investors from 12 countries to discuss the economic potential associated with agricultural residues, in particular for the production of second generation biofuels.

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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NOAK Study Calls for Ambitious Pledges to Boost Demand in Flagging Global Carbon Market [viewed]

6 March 2013: A report commissioned by the Nordic Working Group for Global Climate Negotiations (NOAK) analyses the status and outlook for the increasingly fragmented global carbon market, and identifies measures that could be taken to boost demand for carbon credits in the absence of an ambitious global climate policy.

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