Economics, Trade & Investment

UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal [viewed]

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

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Regional Symposium Discusses Climate Change Adaptation in the South-West Indian Ocean Islands [viewed]

14 December 2012: The international symposium titled "Adaptation to climate change in the South-West Indian Ocean islands - Evaluation and Prospects" took place from 12-14 December 2012, in Saint-Denis, La Réunion. During the event, member States of the the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) called for enhancing regional cooperation in the field of climate change adaptation.

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North American MGS Consultation Develops Key Messages for UNEP GC/GMEF [viewed]

UNEP13 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America (RONA) organized the North American Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) Consultation, in preparation for the 14th UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) and the 27th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF).

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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Barefoot Power's Solar Lighting Activities Registered under the CDM [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank's Lighting Africa programme has announced that the clean energy company Barefoot Power has successfully registered its programme of activities under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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Emissions Revenues Contribute to €1.2 Billion in New EU Renewable Energy Grants [viewed]

18 December 2012: The European Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion in grants to 23 renewable energy projects covering a range of technologies, including: bioenergy; concentrated solar power; geothermal power; wind; ocean energy and smart grids for distributed renewable energy management.

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Icelandic Ambassador Says Japan Could Replace 25 Nuclear Plants Using Geothermal Energy [viewed]

15 December 2012: Stefan Stefansson, Ambassador of Iceland to Japan, delivered a lecture at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the UNU's Ambassador Lecture Series, recommending that Japan harness its untapped geothermal energy resources to minimize carbon dioxide emissions, lower heating bills and create jobs. 

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UNEP FI Newsletter Spotlights Post-Rio+20 Financing [viewed]

12 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the December edition of its newsletter, spotlighting the launch event in London, UK, for its publication "Tomorrow's Capital Markets," which addresses new incentives structures for sustainable development, and a roundtable on sustainable finance held in Bensberg, Germany.

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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IEA Bulletin Highlights Publications on Wind Energy Bottlenecks and Costs [viewed]

IEA15 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the december edition of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which highlights a study commissioned by IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) on bottlenecks in global supply chains for solar and wind power, and a series of policy briefs comparing the implementation of national energy efficiency policies published by the Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (IEA-4E).

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