Europe

UNFCCC Publishes Portugal's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

16 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Portugal (FCCC/ARR/2011/PRT). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 25.5% between 1990 and 2009.

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UNFCCC Organizes Regional DNA Training for Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe [viewed]

UNFCCC17 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized the Regional Designated National Authority (DNA) Training for Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe, which trained representatives of DNAs from the region on specific elements of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project cycle.

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Luxembourg's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of Luxembourg's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/LUX). The report covers the review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes France's GHG Inventory Review [viewed]

6 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of France (FCCC/ARR/2011/FRA) that states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 8.1% between 1990 and 2009.

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IEA Releases Review of Ireland's Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA11 July 2012: As part of its series on the energy policies of member countries, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a 2012 review of Ireland's policies and challenges. It contains: a policy analysis, reviewing general energy policy, climate change and energy efficiency; a sector analysis, reviewing electricity, renewable energy, natural gas, coal and peat and oil; and an energy technology analysis, reviewing energy research, development and demonstration.

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IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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Gas Flaring Increase in the US and Russia Reverses GHG Reduction Trend [viewed]

World Bank3 July 2012: The World Bank and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) caution that new data show a two-billion cubic meter increase in gas flared in 2011, reversing the downward trend that had been achieved in recent years.

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PROFOR Newsletter Focuses on Forest Governance [viewed]

3 July 2012: The July edition of the Newsletter of the World Bank's Program on Forests' (PROFOR) highlights a new publication titled "Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool," which outlines 130 questions that help to guide countries seeking to identify priority areas for change in forest governance.

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Event: Inception Workshop and First Steering Committee FFEM Project on REDD+ in the Mediterranean [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Plan Bleu and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM). FFEM has provided support of Euro 1.3 million primarily to support opportunities for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) in the Mediterranean through engagement with pilot sites. The inception workshop will consider pilot sites that are proposed in Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. It will also consider synergies with the III Mediterranean Forest Week and with the UN-REDD Programme. The workshop will conclude with a plan of action to be launched by the next steering committee in April 2013.  

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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