Europe

EIB Grants Climate Mitigation Loan to China [viewed]

3 December 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a 500 million euro loan to China to fund projects supporting climate change mitigation.

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European Commission Launches Website on Energy-efficient Vehicles [viewed]

3 December 2010: The European Commission has launched a website to help public authorities and stakeholders choose the cleanest and most energy-efficient vehicles available.

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EU Approves New Rules on Illegal Timber [viewed]

3 December 2010: New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU, in order to strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging causing serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss, and undermining sustainable forest management. 

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European States Will Develop Network of Offshore Windfarms [viewed]

3 December 2010: Ten European States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to proceed with the development of a network of offshore windfarms in the North Seas covering a surface area of about 760,000 km².

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation of Cork Oak Landscapes [viewed]

November 2010: The latest newsletter of the Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at cork oak landscapes and their adaptation to climate change.

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IUCN Releases Publication on Climate Change and Biodiversity in the EU Overseas Entities [viewed]

29 November 2010: IUCN, in collaboration with France's ONERC (Observatoire National sur les Effets du Réchauffement Climatique), has released a background paper on the proceedings of the IUCN Conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss.”

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UNECE, EDB Conclude MoU [viewed]

30 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to re-confirm their commitment to cooperate in promoting regional economic integration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Eurasian region.

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Africa, EU Adopt Tripoli Declaration [viewed]

30 November 2010: The Third Africa-EU Summit, held in Tripoli, Libya, from 29-30 November 2010, concluded with the adoption of the Tripoli Declaration, in which African and European leaders commit to make their partnership more responsive. 

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EU Announces Climate Change Windows for Regional Funding [viewed]

29 November 2010: The EU has announced specific climate change "windows" in all EU regional investment facilities, to enable tracking of all climate change-related projects funded by the EU, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European Finance Institutions, encompassing both public and private investments in the areas of transport, energy, environment, water, sanitation and forests.

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DSD/DESA Announces Special Journal Issue on Transport [viewed]

November 2010: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has announced that the November 2010 special issue on transport of Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal has been published.

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