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CIFOR's Newsletter Highlights REDD+ Workshops [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the May issue of its News Update, which includes information on recent workshops on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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BASIC Ministers Discuss Preparations for Durban [viewed]

29 May 2011: The seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change took place in Zimbali, South Africa, from 28-29 May 2011, and was attended by ministers from South Africa, China, Brazil, India, China, and Argentina as chair of the G77, as well as the incoming Climate Change Conference President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Ministers discussed the work required to achieve a comprehensive and balanced outcome at the Durban Climate Change Conference in December 2011 to complete the mandate of the Bali Road Map.

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EU-Japan Summit Focuses on Climate Change, Green Growth and Energy [viewed]

28 May 2011: President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan reaffirmed the close partnership between the EU and Japan and discussed climate change, green growth and energy at the 20th EU-Japan Summit.

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World Bank Supports Improved Capacity in Hydropower Plant in Indonesia [viewed]

27 May 2011: The World Bank approved a US$640 million loan to build a pumped storage system in Indonesia's Upper Cisokan Pumped Storage Hydropower project, to allow the power plant to supply electricity in peak season.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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UNDP Supports Hydropower in Tajikistan [viewed]

UNDP25 May 2011: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has visited a hydropower plant that supplies clean energy to a rural community nearby Dushanble, Tajikistan's capital. UNDP partnered with local communities to repair the mini hydropower plant and install new turbo-generator units, with the aim of contributing to poverty alleviation and raising the living standards in the village.

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FAO Invites Comments on Guidelines for Forest Policymakers [viewed]

25 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a zero draft of the "Climate Change for Forest Policy Makers- An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management," and is calling for comments on the draft by 20 June 2011.

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Event: G8 Deauville Summit [viewed]

The G8, an informal group of advanced economies (France, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government. The 2011 Summit will include a working session titled "nuclear safety - climate change."  

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ADB Invests in Climate Change Technology Venture Capital Funds [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is investing $60 million to set up three climate change venture capital funds, primarily engaged in markets in China and India.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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