Capacity Building & Education

Asia Pacific Workshop Promotes Regional Distribution of CDM Projects [viewed]

7 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in partnership with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of Nepal, organized a workshop titled “Enhancing the Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects in Asia and the Pacific.”

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“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN to Support Indonesia's National REDD+ Programme [viewed]

UNDP23 September 2011: The Government of Indonesia and the UN System signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the framework for cooperation with, and support for, the Indonesian national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) programme.

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UNEP Spotlights TUNZA Delegate's Cooking Oil Project [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has spotlighted a waste cooking oil recycling project, the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) project, which collects over 36,000 gallons of waste cooking oil annually, and converts the grease into heating fuel and biodiesel.

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Winners of CDM African Radio Contest Announced [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the finalists for the first UNFCCC/Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest. The contest was for African radio journalists to create a radio story that answers the question: “How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?” and aimed to help raise awareness about climate change issues and the CDM.

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ACP MEAs Project Newsletter Features Caribbean Policy Responses in Small Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

20 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM Secretariat, on policy responses for sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Event: Workshop on Communicating Carbon [viewed]

The aim of this workshop, which is held by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is to bring together the project developers and their staff who interact with farmers to exchange lessons learned with each other, as well as to develop improved skills related to communication about carbon projects. The workshop will highlight best communication practices used to inform farmers about carbon markets, contracts, and risks involved in engaging with carbon projects. The workshop will also learn from communication strategies that have not been successful. The Communicating Carbon workshop aims to facilitate linking knowledge of mitigation with action that can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The objectives of the workshop are to: share experiences on communicating the concept of carbon finance to farmers; identify communication strategies that provide and do not provide free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to farmers about carbon project; develop topics and texts to be included in a policy brief on communicating carbon finance; and develop an action plan to carry forward collaboration beyond this initial gathering.  

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SPC Commits to Supporting Pacific REDD+ Activities [viewed]

21 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has convened a workshop on regional support to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) Readiness in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

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IRENA's First Policy and Strategy Meeting Discusses Strategic Vision [viewed]

13 September 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has convened the first meeting of its Policy and Strategy Committee, where participants agreed that, within five years, IRENA should become a “one stop shop” for renewable energy analysis and advice.

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