Economics, Trade & Investment

US Provides Grant for ECPA Senior Fellows Program [viewed]

21 March 2012: The US State Department has awarded a grant to continue a program for experts to act as consultants and speakers on energy and climate change policy issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on behalf of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).

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KfW Grants CAF Credit Line on Climate Change and Clean Energy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The German Development Bank (KfW) has granted the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) a US$195 million line of credit for projects contributing to climate change mitigation.

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CAF Promotes Use of Carbon Footprint in Bolivia [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) presented the results of its 11-month project to promote and disseminate the Bolivian technical standard on carbon footprints by helping nine companies and three environmental NGO projects calculate and validate emission levels through voluntary application of the standard.

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FAO Examines Action on Climate Change in Agriculture [viewed]

FAOMarch 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced a report aimed at catalyzing thinking on how the agricultural sector can be fully integrated into national strategies on climate change and into the UNFCCC framework.

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GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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UNRISD Contributes to “Greening the Economy” Journal Issue [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Society for International Development, in partnership with the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), has published a special issue on "Greening the Economy" of its journal "Development" journal, which aims to contribute to the discussions and debates at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN-REDD to Support National Programmes in the Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, at its eighth meeting, approved US$8 million to support the National Programmes of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Issues Final Report [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released its final report proposing policy responses to the challenges of feeding a world confronted with climate change, population growth, poverty, fluctuating food prices and degraded ecosystems.

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Event: The Role of National Development Banks in Mobilizing International Climate Finance [viewed]

The workshop will help increase awareness from a broad range of national development banks, local financial institutions and other key stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges of international climate finance. Co-organizers include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE), the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), KfW Bankengruppe, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). It will provide for a platform to discuss: opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the Green Climate Fund; the role of treasuries and development banks in the coordination and leverage of international climate finance; experiences with international climate funds and market mechanisms; and recommendations to international fora and processes such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+ 20) and the Climate Change Conference in December 2012. This workshop is closed to the public and is by invitation only.  

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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