Economics, Trade & Investment

Adaptation Fund Board Releases Report from 18th Meeting [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 August 2012: At its 18th Meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development of India as the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for India, and as its 12th NIE. The Board also approved grants for $50.7 million in seven countries, including one direct access project in Jamaica. 

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ADB Releases Country Environmental Analysis on China, Recommends Fiscal Reform for Green Growth [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an updated Country Environmental Analysis of China, titled “Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Future.” The 225-page report details the environmental achievements of China over the last five years, and current challenges including water pollution, water scarcity, and solid waste.

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World Bank Supports Wind Power Project in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank15 August 2012: The World Bank is lending its support and resources to the Caracoles Wind Project as part of the larger initiative to prioritize renewable energy systems in Uruguay.

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ADB Supports China's CCS Roadmap [viewed]

ADB14 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is assisting China in developing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) roadmap. The roadmap is intended to assist the country in achieving its carbon dioxide emission reduction goals.   

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GEF Supports Renewable Energy Power Project in India [viewed]

GEF8 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support a new solar technology project in India to tap its extensive solar energy potential using concentrating solar heat (CSH) technology systems. 

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IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop Report Provides Updates on Biomass for Transport [viewed]

IEAAugust 2012: The Bioenergy Implementing Agreement of the International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenery) has released a new report, titled “Future Biomass-based Transport Fuels- Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop,” which summarizes the presentations of four panel sessions during a workshop on the potential use of biomass-derived transportation fuels.

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UNEP TNA Releases Guidebook on International Funding for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project has released a guidebook, titled “Accessing International Financing for Climate Change Mitigation.” The guidebook aims to assist developing countries in speeding up the transfer, deployment and diffusion of mitigation technologies, thereby enabling countries to contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce climate change impacts while pursuing national development goals.

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GEF's Greenline Newsletter Introduces New CEO [viewed]

August 2012: The latest issue of The Greenline newsletter of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) introduces the new GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, as well as reports on recent climate change initiatives.

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Guest Article #82: Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity [viewed]

The outcome document from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) emphasizes that adaptation to climate change is an immediate and urgent global priority. The impact of climate change poses eminent danger to human well-being and development pathways in Africa where the resources and capacity to respond are limited. This is going to get worse as warming in Africa is projected to be greater than the global annual mean, with an average increase of 3-4ºC over the next century.

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IFC and Partners to Establish Low Carbon Green Zone in Garment Factories in Bangladesh [viewed]

6 August 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority and the Government of the Republic of Korea to establish a Low Carbon Green Zone in the Chittagong Export Processing area in Bangladesh.

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