Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF Publishes Guide for Civil Society Organizations [viewed]

7 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a new version of its "A to Z of the GEF for Civil Society Organizations," a guide that describes the GEF's structure, partnership and strategic objectives and provides guidance on how civil society organizations (CSOs) can access GEF funding.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Renewables Loan for Poland [viewed]

7 June 2011: The World Bank approved a 750 million Euro loan to support Poland's implementation of its Energy Policy of Poland Until 2030, adopted in November 2009 with the objective to: decrease energy consumption by 20% by 2020, compared to business as usual; increase the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption to 15% by 2020; and achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target by 2020.

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IDB Launches Carbon Finance Portal for Latin America [viewed]

2 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, has launched a web portal called "Finanzas Carbono," which is designed to provide a platform for dissemination of information on carbon markets to the Spanish-speaking world.

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UNEP Launches Guide to Ecosystem-Based Management [viewed]

8 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled "Taking Steps Toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: An Introductory Guide." The report highlights how planners and policy makers in local, national and regional governments can adopt an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach to help ensure sustainable development for marine and coastal environments and the livelihoods that depend on them.

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AfDB Invests in Solar and Wind Power in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

6 June 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is providing a US$365 million loan to South Africa to support its national electricity utility, Eskom, in implementing a US$1.3 billion renewable energy project to introduce concentrated solar power to sub-Saharan Africa and the first utility-scale wind power plant to South Africa.

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World Bank's Lighting Africa Initiative Reports Success Stories [viewed]

6 June 2011: The World Bank's Lighting Africa Initiative is showcasing examples of success in providing off-grid lighting to poor communities in Africa.

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AU Establishes Task Force on Integrated Maritime Strategy [viewed]

3 June 2011: The African Union (AU) has formed a cross-department task force to develop Africa's Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy, which will articulate an "overarching multilayered African-driven long term vision" to address Africa's maritime challenges and opportunities.

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Event: UNECE Public-Private Roundtable on Green Economy: Carbon Mechanisms and Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure [viewed]

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Alumni Carbon Club of London Business School will host an interactive panel discussion on carbon financing and green infrastructure as part of the UNECE Public-Private Roundtable on the Green Economy. Speakers include leading private and public sector financial leaders.  

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World Bank Reports on Experience with Afforestation and Reforestation Projects in the CDM [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Biocarbon Fund, managed by the World Bank, has published a report on lessons learned from the funding of afforestation and reforestation (A/R) projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Forests [viewed]

5 June 2011: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, "Forests: Nature at Your Service," which highlights the ecosystem services provided by the world's forests. People across the world took part in WED activities, from litter clean-ups around Mount Everest to mini-marathons in India, the host country for 2011. 

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