Europe

April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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World Congress Discusses Diversification of Tourism in Mountain Regions [viewed]

UNWTO15 April 2014: The Eighth World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism gathered under the theme ‘Mountainlikers: New Trends in Mountain Tourism for the Summer Season' to discuss opportunities for strengthening the economic competitiveness of mountain regions that are heavily dependent on seasonal tourism. A main objective of the Congress is the development of an overview of successful business models and innovations, especially given the projected impacts of climate change.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal [viewed]

Forest Carbon17 April 2014: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground.

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IEA Reviews Austria's Energy Policy [viewed]

IEA9 April 2014: A review by the International Energy Agency (IEA) gives Austria high marks for its integrated approach to security of energy supply, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The report, titled 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Austria 2014 Review,' analyzes the energy policy challenges facing the country and offers recommendations for further policy improvement.

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Event: High-Level Policy Conference at EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2014 [viewed]

The High-Level Policy Conference of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), organized by the European Commission, will gather representatives from all levels of government, academia, civil society and the private sector to discuss energy in Europe. The focus this year will be on topics key to achieving the EU's 2020 climate and energy targets on climate change, renewables, energy efficiency. Specifically, topics for the 2014 event will include: energy efficiency in buildings, products, industry and transport; renewables for electricity, heating and cooling; transport fuels; energy markets including electricity and gas grid issues, the internal energy market and support schemes; local and regional energy planning; financing; and energy beyond 2020. Twitter: @euenergyweek.  

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UK, US, Germany Launch Climate Finance Innovation Lab [viewed]

uk-germa-us-flags11 April 2014: The UK, the US and Germany have announced a new initiative aimed at scaling up finance for climate change mitigation activities, especially from the private sector. Launched in partnership with the Governments of Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Norway, the initiative, dubbed the 'Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance,' will seek out private sector input on innovative tools for raising finance to combat climate change.

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UNECE, WHO Highlight Benefits of Green, Healthy Transport [viewed]

who unece14 April 2014: Investing in green and healthy transport is economically profitable and results in positive environmental and health effects, according to ‘Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and health transport,' a publication by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

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UNFCCC Publishes 2013-2015 Review Submissions from the EU, Canada and Others [viewed]

UNFCCC9 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the 2013-2015 review of the long-term global goal, containing parties' views on the future work of the structured expert dialogue (SED), including the further use of different sources of information (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.1), and on how the review's outcomes will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.2).

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FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions [viewed]

FAO11 April 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions that emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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NAMA Facility Issues Second Call for Project Proposals [viewed]

bmu-decc7 April 2014: Developing countries and emerging economies have been invited to submit Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Support Project Outlines to the NAMA Facility, which will provide financial support to projects judged to "have the potential to catalyse transformational change towards a low-carbon development."

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