Europe

European Commission Funds LIFE+ Biodiversity, Climate Projects [viewed]

European Union 3 July 2013: The European Commission is providing €281.4 million in funding for projects under the LIFE+ programme. The 248 new projects address nature and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and governance, climate change, and information and communication of environmental issues.

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EEA Calls for Bioenergy Production to Follow EU Resources Efficiency Principles [viewed]

EEA3 July 2013: A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides an analysis of Europe's bioenergy potential from an energy efficiency perspective. It notes the critical tradeoffs in bioenergy between land use for energy vs. agricultural crops, and the challenge associated with analyzing the environmental impacts and advantages of bioenergy.

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Global Network of River Basins Workshop Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE3 July 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted the fourth workshop on water and climate change in transboundary river basins, which also served as the first meeting of the global network of river basins on climate change adaptation.

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International Danube River Commission Releases Guiding Principles on Sustainable Hydropower Development [viewed]

icpdr3 July 2013: The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) has released 'Guiding Principles on Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Danube Basin,' which were elaborated with lead support from Austria, Romania and Slovenia with the contribution of many experts in different fields from all Danube basin countries and the European Commission.

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FAO and Partners Release Tool to Estimate Carbon Stocks in Trees [viewed]

FAO1 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and Tuscia University, released a new tool to asses carbon stocks in forests.

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World Bank Outlines Benefits of Climate Action [viewed]

World Bank25 June 2013: Noting that the world is heading towards an increase in average temperature of 4° Celsius by the end of the century, a World Bank report titled 'Growing Green: The Economic Benefits of Climate Action' highlights three strategic areas of investment – energy efficiency, cleaner energy and improved natural resource management – to promote green growth and climate change resilience, particularly in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

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CIFOR, Forest Europe Summarize Progress on REDD+ in Bonn [viewed]

CIFORJune 26 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Forest Europe have released summaries of the forest and REDD+ related outcomes of the Bonn climate change talks, which convened from 3-14 June 2013. Both reports highlight positive progress on national forest monitoring and the verification of emission reductions.

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UN Committee Discusses Space-based Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Logo Unoosa 10021 June 2013: The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) held its 56th session from 12-21 June 2013, at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria. According to the UN Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna), the session included a new agenda item on "Space and sustainable development," under which the Committee discussed contributions of space-technology-based data for sustainable development policy-making.

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44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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WTO Trade and Environment Committee Discusses Carbon Footprint Labels [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)20 June 2013: At a recent meeting, the members of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) exchanged information on and discussed experiences in product carbon footprint and labeling schemes.

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