Europe

Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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UNEP's Our Planet Magazine Releases Special Issue on Greening Business [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The magazine of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Our Planet,' has dedicated an issue to the theme of greening business. The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity.

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Event: Tehran Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Forests in Central Asia [viewed]

The workshop, the first of three sub-regional workshops to be held as part of the Climate Change Financing for Forests Project under the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), will facilitate an exchange of views and experiences on climate change finance for forest management. Outcomes from the workshop will include suggestions on ways to enhance the links between climate change and forest finance. Hosted by the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the workshop will bring together representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  

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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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