Capacity Building & Education

ADB Funds Solar Power Project in India [viewed]

ADB13 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million loan to finance a roll-out of new large-scale solar power facilities in Gujarat, India.

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Event: CLEAN-Linking Open Data Webinar [viewed]

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are holding a webinar for climate-related database and portal managers on the use and benefits of Linked Open Data (LOD) to integrate web resources. This would enable more efficient sharing and leveraging of online resources, reduction of duplicated efforts, and general improved catalyzation towards low carbon development. The webinar will introduce the context of LOD and its uses, followed by a presentation of LOD in practice, and a discussion over use of linked open data. The meeting begins at GMT-6:00 and instructions for online participate can be found on the website.  

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SPC Announces New Office in Tonga [viewed]

Government of the Kingdom of Tonga and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a host country agreement9 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that it will open an office in Nukualofa, Tonga. The new office will aim to strengthen SPC's ability to deliver technical advice and assistance to the country.

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UK Provides Negotiating Support to LDCs through New Advocacy Fund [viewed]

African Negotiatiors. Photo courtesy: Petterik Wiggers, Panos6 September 2011: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that it will provide legal advice and support to least developed countries (LDCs) through a new Advocacy Fund. 

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Forest Partnership Calls for Better Fire Management Near Forests [viewed]

9 September 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which consists of 14 international organizations and secretariats, has called on countries to pay greater attention to managing fires on land bordering forests.

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UN Greening the Blue Announces "24 Hours of Reality" Climate Project [viewed]

8 September 2011: UN Greening the Blue has announced the 24 Hours of Reality project, which is part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and provoke action on climate change.

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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SPREP, SPC and US Government Join Forces to Advance Climate Adaptation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)8 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it, along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the US Government, have initiated a partnership to advance climate change adaptation.

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UNU and Partners Launch World Risk Report 2011 [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), in collaboration with the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works), has published the World Risk Report 2011, which evaluates the interactions between exposure to natural hazards and climate change, and factors of social vulnerability, including levels of poverty, education, food security and governance.

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IDB to Support Establishment of Voluntary Carbon Market in Colombia [viewed]

IDB5 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$10.5 million project to establish a system of Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in Colombia, with the aim of cutting over half a million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over four years through a voluntary trading system.

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