Economics, Trade & Investment

IEA Report Investigates Trends in Bioenergy Trade [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)June 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) published a report, titled “Developing Sustainable Trade in Bioenergy: Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo65 Workshop,” which lays out perspectives on bioenergy trade, with a focus on Asia.

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UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2011: The annual World Day to Combat Desertification was marked on 17 June 2011, with events and statements from leaders around the world. The specific focus of the Day was on forests in the drylands areas of the world, in keeping with the International Year on Forests (2011), and guided by the motto: “Forests keep drylands working.”

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IEA Provides Methodology for Managing Risk in Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)15 June 2011: The International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement released a report titled, “Risk Quantification and Risk Management in Renewable Energy Projects,” which aims to facilitate access to financing for renewables by improving risk accounting by those seeking investors for renewable energy projects.

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WHO Launches "Health in the Green Economy" Report Series [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)14 June 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on health co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the housing sector, the first of a new series of reports on health in the green economy.

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Ministers Agree to Negotiate Legally Binding Agreement on Europe's Forests [viewed]

16 June 2011: During the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, held in Oslo, Norway from 14-16 June 2011, ministers adopted a Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe. Ministers also adopted a decision outlining a shared vision, goals and targets for 2020 for European forests.

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State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report Launched [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Forest Europe have collaborated to produce "State of Europe's Forests 2011: Status and Trends in Sustainable Forest Management in Europe," launched during the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (or FOREST EUROPE) held in Oslo, Norway from 14-16 June 2011.

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IDB Supports Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects in Colombia [viewed]

IDB14 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $90 million facility to support on-lending to energy efficiency, cleaner production and renewable energy projects through Colombian financial institutions.

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Event: Third Central America Renewable Energy Forum (CAREF III) [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of the Americas, this meeting will bring together current and potential private sector investors with Central American energy ministers to promote an open discussion on obstacles and opportunities for regulatory reforms to support clean energy. The specific goal of CAREF III will be to deepen the dialogue and understanding of regulatory reform and best practices for renewable energy in the region.  

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Event: Green Jobs: Linking Climate Change and the World of Work [viewed]

The focus of this course, which is organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), is on the social and employment dimensions of relevant environmental and economic policies, such as policies for the labor market (including employment and skills development), enterprise development, poverty reduction, etc. Specific attention will be paid to the sectoral employment opportunities of green policies. It will be preceded by pre-course support (4-15 July); and followed by post-course follow up (25-29 July).  

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IDB, GEF, Nature Conservancy and FEMSA Create US$27 Million Water Fund [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Nature Conservancy and the FEMSA Foundation have launched a US$27 million dollar initiative to create water funds, private-public partnerships to protect critical watersheds in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

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