Economics, Trade & Investment

IEA Executive Director Calls for Stronger Energy Policies [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, has warned that the global economic crisis is diverting attention away from energy policy.

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World Bank Reports Experience with A/R Biocarbon Fund Projects [viewed]

6 March 2012: The World Bank has published a new report by the BioCarbon Fund detailing the experience in over 20 afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) forest projects in 16 countries since 2004, with the aim of enhancing knowledge on regulatory issues and policy in the forestry sector.

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Kuwait Joins Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership [viewed]

4 March 2012: Kuwait is the third country in the Middle East (following Qatar and Iraq) to join the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, an initiative led by the World Bank to reduce emissions that result from the oil industry.

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IFC Supports Waste-to-Energy Plant Development in China [viewed]

5 March 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has subscribed US$4.9 million in warrants to support renewable energy development, in particular waste-to-energy projects, in China.

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UNCTAD Discussion Paper Questions Green Growth Potential to Reduce GHG Emissions [viewed]

UNCTADFebruary 2012: A discussion paper by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) argues that Green Growth based on enhanced material, resource and energy efficiency, as well as a drastic change in the energy mix will not lead to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction necessary to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Event: 17th Session of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

At its 17th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board will consider issues relating to regional projects and programmes and an update on an initial screening/technical review of proposals. Full proposals from Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIEs) will be reviewed from Colombia, Ghana and Papua New Guinea, and concept notes from Belize, Cambodia and Lebanon. A project proposal from a National Implementing Entity (NIE) in Benin will also be considered.  

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ITU Announces Winners of Green ICT Challenge [viewed]

6 March 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Spanish company Telefonica have announced the winners of the Second Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hackathon, where developers from all over the world competed to propose and develop a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application. The first prize went to a community bicycle application.

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SPREP, APAN Adaptation Workshop Discusses Capacity Challenges [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)2 March 2012: Pacific island climate change and adaptation focal points identified the need for capacity building in the area of adaptation funding proposals, implementation and reporting during a climate change adaptation consultation meeting coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).

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CCAFS Reports Examine Accessibility of Climate Finance for Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

2 March 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released two reports that describe the obstacles faced by smallholder farmers in participating in climate change mitigation activities, and the finance mechanisms that may be available to engage these farmers.

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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