Economics, Trade & Investment

FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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UNASUR Supports the Drafting of a South American Energy Treaty [viewed]

18 May 2012: The South American Union's (UNASUR) South American Energy Council decided to form an ad hoc specialized group of policy and legal experts to draft the substantive content of a South American Energy Treaty and report back to the next Council session.

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ESMAP Forum Shares Experiences on Energy Challenges [viewed]

9 May 2012: The Knowledge Exchange Forum 2012 of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank provided an opportunity for energy sector practitioners to exchange views and experiences on pressing energy challenges.

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CCAD Holds Training Workshops on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

31 May 2012: The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) recently organized workshops on water and climate change adaptation in El Salvador and Honduras. The objective of both workshops was to present and discuss tools, methodologies, issues and capacities needed to develop the integrated water resources management (IWRM), with special attention to adaptation to climate change.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of Markets in Mitigation [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary30 May 2012: Speaking at the Carbon Expo 2012 in Cologne, Germany, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres underlined that "there is no other option" but to move towards a low-carbon economy. Noting her frustration with the slow pace of the intergovernmental negotiations on climate change, she called on industry to step up its engagement in the international, negotiated response to climate change, in order to speed up the transition to a low-carbon society. 

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World Bank, GEF Finance Climate Technology Needs Assessment in China [viewed]

World Bank29 May 2012: The World Bank approved a US$5 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support the Government of China in assessing climate change adaptation technology needs.

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OAS Hosts Conference on Environmental Port Management [viewed]

OAS24 May 2012: Specialists from across the Americas met to discuss environmental issues involved with port management and development, and to advance a hemispheric agenda for the sustainable management of ports.

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ILO, UNEP Highlight Opportunities for Decent Jobs in a Green Economy [viewed]

ILO31 May 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a joint study titled "Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy,” which highlights that the transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty.

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IEA Releases Roadmap for Sustainable Deployment of Bioenergy for Heat and Power [viewed]

IEA30 May 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), as part of its Technology Roadmap series covering 19 supply and demand side energy technologies, has published the "Technology Roadmap: Bioenergy for Heat and Power," which discusses the current state of bioenergy, including sustainability issues and economic perspectives, and recommends actions to increase sustainable bioenergy deployment.

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State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report Shows Growth Despite Uncertainty [viewed]

30 May 2012: The annual report on State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2012 presents an optimistic view of the carbon market, which despite adverse conditions, still grew by 11% in 2011, amounting to US$176 billion with US$10.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) traded during 2011.

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