Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF Approves Four REDD+ SFM Projects in New Funding Window for Forests [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approvoved the first four projects to access incentive funds available for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) under the GEF Incentive Mechanism for Forests.

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World Bank Supports Armenia's Renewable Energy Programme [viewed]

World Bank19 July 2011: The World Bank is supporting Armenia in diversifying its energy matrix towards renewable sources, providing financing for small hydropower projects that also benefit from national incentives to supply renewable energy to the national grid.

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US, India Discuss Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

19 July 2011: During the second annual meeting of the US-India Strategic Dialogue, the two countries committed to continuing to broaden and deepen their global strategic partnership, including efforts to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy that will drive investment, job creation, and economic growth throughout the 21st century.

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World Bank Hosts High-Level Event on Low Emissions Development [viewed]

World Bank13 July 2011: The World Bank invited senior policy makers and opinion leaders from around the world to a High-Level Dialogue on Low Emissions Development Policy Implementation. During the day-long event, speakers identified poverty and climate change are the two defining challenges of this century, warning against the risk of reversing any gains on poverty if climate change is not addressed.

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REN21 Publishes Global Status Report on Renewables for 2011 [viewed]

12 July 2011: The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has released the 2011 edition of its flagship publication, the “Renewables 2011 Global Status Report,” which indicates that despite continuing economic recessions, reductions in support mechanisms and low natural gas prices, renewables continue to perform well.

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EBRD and IFC Support Renewable Energy Projects in Romania [viewed]

12 July 2011: In partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting Romania's efforts to increase its renewable energy projects, by financing the operation of  a wind farm and investing in the modernization of the country's oldest hydropower plant.

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ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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EIB Provides Financing Package for Smart Growth in Turkey [viewed]

4 July 2011: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced increased support for smart growth in Turkey with a EUR 445 million financing package for climate change and entrepreneurship, in support of the country's rail infrastructure, forest resources management, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Event: Renewable Energy Africa Conference & Expo [viewed]

This event provides Africa a platform for discussions and showcase of experiences on the challenges of rising energy demands and the actions needed to achieve a sustainable future for Africa. It is also a networking event for industry leaders, investors, experts, policymakers, scientists and researchers to discuss the innovations in the industry and to find suitable solutions for the existing challenges in the area.  

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Event: First Climate Change and Development for Africa Conference [viewed]

Organized by the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) African Climate Policy Centre, the aim of this conference is to establish a forum for dialogue, enhance awareness raising, mobilize effective commitment and actions through bringing together policy makers, academicians and practicing stakeholders with the aim of effectively mainstreaming climate change concerns into development policies, strategies, programmes and practices in Africa. The conference will be divided into four main themes: climate science, data, information and service delivery; climate resilience development and adaptation; low carbon development in Africa; and economics and finance. Papers can be submitted in English or French until 30 July 2011, on technical, social, institutional, policy issues focusing on the conference themes to the e-mail listed below.  

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