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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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Flood Prevention Funds Sought by Italy, UNISDR Reports [viewed]

18 December 2012: Reporting on recent flooding in Italy and the Italian Government's efforts to secure €40 billion over the next 15 years for flood prevention, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR) highlighted the need for risk management and reduction to address known and emerging risks.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits NIE, Approves Projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 December 2012: At its 19th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited its 15th National Implementing Entity (NIE), the International Cooperation Agency of Chile; and approved $12.3 million in grants to fund projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka.

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GWP NewsFlow Focuses on Doha Climate Change Conference [viewed]

December 2012: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) December 2012 edition of NewsFlow addresses issues ranging from water and climate change, transboundary water management, integrated water resources management (IWRM), gender mainstreaming and food security.

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UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal [viewed]

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

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UN Secretary-General Re-occupies Renovated, Eco-Friendly Offices [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN has announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-occupied his usual office in the Secretariat's Headquarters building in New York, US, which is being renovated to improve its environmental performance. 

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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UNEP FI Newsletter Spotlights Post-Rio+20 Financing [viewed]

12 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the December edition of its newsletter, spotlighting the launch event in London, UK, for its publication "Tomorrow's Capital Markets," which addresses new incentives structures for sustainable development, and a roundtable on sustainable finance held in Bensberg, Germany.

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OSCE Project Reduces Flood Risk in Western Ukraine [viewed]

17 December 2012: A project supported by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), implemented by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the OSCE, installed two automated monitoring stations on the Dniester River in Western Ukraine.

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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