Economics, Trade & Investment

CIF Releases Semi-annual Report on FIP [viewed]

CIF19 November 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its semi-annual operational report on the Forest Investment Program (FIP) highlighting the completion of the programming process in eight countries and announcing that US$595 million has been pledged by FIP.

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FCPF Presents Progress Update to FIP [viewed]

Forest Carbon19 November 2014: The Forest Investment Program (FIP) Sub-Committee heard a progress update from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which highlighted that 11 additional countries have been selected for inclusion in FCPF and that a Readiness Assessment Framework and a Methodological Framework have been approved for the FCPF Readiness Fund and Carbon Fund, respectively.

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Norway Pledges US$258 Million to GCF [viewed]

norway-flag5 December 2014: Norway has announced it will provide US$258 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) over the next four years, bringing the total amount pledged to the GCF to US$9.95 billion and closer to the GCF Pledging Conference's goal of US$10 billion.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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FAO, World Bank Quantify Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Ukraine [viewed]

fao-worldbank5 December 2014: The national annual benefits from no-till conservation agriculture in Ukraine could counterbalance natural capital depletion caused by soil erosion, according to an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank. Their report, titled ‘Ukraine: Soil Fertility to Strengthen Climate Resilience,' provides recommendations on addressing soil erosion, climate change impacts and excessive land tillage in Ukraine.

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CIFOR Event Identifies Lessons from Sub-National REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened an event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference titled 'REDD+ Emerging?: What We Can Learn from Sub-National Initiatives.' The event's speakers, starting from the premise that sub-national initiatives provide the context in which national and international policies must operate, considered both the challenges sub-national REDD+ initiatives face and ways to align local and national level actions.

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EuropeAid Event Discusses Regional Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) hosted a side event titled 'EUROCLIMA: Joint Latin America-European Union (EU) Regional Responses to Climate Change Challenges' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event focused on key results of regional responses to climate change challenges and opportunities for collaboration with Latin America through programmes such as EUROCLIMA.

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COP 20 Event Discusses Renewable Energy Development in Latin America [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: Participants considered ways to maintain the momentum of renewable energy development at an event held on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event, 'Renewables Globally and in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges,' highlighted that the Latin American region is at the forefront of managing renewable energy development, as it currently maintains three times the global average share of renewable energy in its energy mix.

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Adaptation Fund, CDKN Announce 'Climate Finance Ready' Website [viewed]

adaptation-fund-cdkn5 December 2014: The Adaptation Fund and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) announced their creation of a new website called Climate Finance Ready. The website will serve as an online platform for climate finance readiness, by highlighting best practices, articles, links and opportunities for sharing experiences.

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ADB Launches Service to Connect Clean Technology Buyers and Sellers [viewed]

ADB4 December 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a "first-of-its-kind" service that will link low-carbon technology sellers with interested buyers in the Asian region. In its pilot phase, the 'IPEx Cleantech Asia' marketplace is expected to broker transactions worth approximately US$2-5 million, focusing on clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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