Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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World Bank Institute, FCPF Launch Tool on Opportunity Costs of REDD+ [viewed]

8 April 2011: The World Bank Institute and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published a training manual that shares hands-on experience from field programmes and presents the essential practical and theoretical steps, methods and tools to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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GEF Project to Stimulate Samoa's Climate Resilience [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently approved a project to integrate climate change risks and resilience into forestry management in Samoa, thus contributing to food security, increased yields and crop variety, and health benefits.

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European Commission Assesses Feasibility of Scaling-up Climate Finance [viewed]

8 April 2011: The European Commission has released a staff working document on "Scaling up international climate finance after 2012," confirming that raising US$100 billion per year by 2020 is "challenging but feasible" with the right mix of public funding, funding from international carbon markets, as well as private funds, partly leveraged by development banks.

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FCPF Publishes Outcomes of Eighth Participants Committee Meeting [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility has published the resolutions and decisions adopted at the eighth meeting of the Participants Committee (PC), which took place from 23-25 March 2011, in Da Lat, Viet Nam.

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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Event: 2011 CIF Pilot Country Meetings [viewed]

The objective of the Pilot Country Meetings is to provide a common space for representatives from pilot countries to share their experiences with Climate Investment Funds (CIF) activities, to learn from each other, and to discuss issues of common interest. Meetings will include the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP), Clean Technology Fund (CTF), Forest Investment Program (FIP), Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and CIF pilot countries.  

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UNDP Implements GEF Hydropower Project in Lao People's Democratic Republic [viewed]

7 April 2011: Funding from the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has allowed villagers in Lao People's Democratic Republic to access clean electricity from a 7.5kW hydro-power turbine.

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GEF Project in Komi Republic Saves Emissions by Reducing Fires and Illegal Logging [viewed]

5 April 2011: A Global Environment Facility Project is reported to be helping the Government of Komi (Russian Federation) to improve the sustainability of the national protected area system and measure carbon stocks and reduced emissions from deforestation.

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CCCCC Publishes March-April 2011 Issue of Climate Change News Update [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published its fourth Climate Change News Update. The March-April 2011 issue of News Update compiles major international and regional climate change news, including climate change-related events, studies, reports and resource materials.

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