Economics, Trade & Investment

EBRD Provides Financing to Green Agribusiness in Serbia [viewed]

5 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing a EUR80 million loan to Serbia's agricultural sector to expand the production and increase energy savings of MK Group, a leading agribusiness group in Serbia.

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SIDS DOCK Launched to Catalyze Renewable Energy [viewed]

3 August 2011: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has announced the launch of SIDS DOCK, an international organization intended to catalyze sustainable energy projects in small island developing States (SIDS).

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Farmers in Togo Receive Climate Adaptation Support from FAO and EU [viewed]

FAO3 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the results of a two-year effort to support farmers in Togo. The FAO, with funds from the EU, provided support for 20,000 Togolese farmers to respond to floods and food price increases occurring in 2007 and 2008.

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World Bank's FCPF Carbon Fund Becomes Operational [viewed]

25 July 2011: The July newsletter of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), housed at the World Bank, highlights that its Carbon Fund has become operational. The Fund will provide payments for verified emissions reductions from programmes for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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Event: UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Consultation [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth of seven planned regional consultations to be convened by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) regarding the development of sustainability principles for the insurance industry. It is envisaged that once finalized, the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance will serve as a global framework for insurance companies to better manage environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities in their core business strategies and operations.  

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Event: Mastering Water Risks for Banks and Investors in a Changing Climate [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, the World Bank and Conservation International, aims to raise awareness and build capacity for banks to identify and manage water risks related to lending in water scarce areas and/or water-intensive sectors.  

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Event: Sixth International Workshop on Carbon Markets [viewed]

The Course VI International Workshop is being convened by the National Environmental FUND of Peru, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Peru, and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Riso Centre, under the theme of carbon markets as a new business opportunity. The workshop will be attended by recognized specialists in the global carbon market.  

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UN CC:Learn Selects Pilot Countries for Climate Change Learning [viewed]

3 August 2011: The UN CC:Learn Steering Group has announced the selection of Benin, Uganda and the Dominican Republic to participate in the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn's “Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development,” aimed at supporting countries to develop a strategic approach to climate change learning.

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Second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Calls for Proposals [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Private Financing Advisory Network of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) has opened a call for proposals from the Africa region for the second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-2) Business Plan Competition.

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OECD Update Highlights Biotechnologies for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

28 July 2011: The 22nd issue of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Biotechnology Update provides up-to-date information on OECD activities related to biotechnology, including applications of biotechnology for green growth and sustainable development, and climate change adaptation.

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