Europe

UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania [viewed]

November 2012: The October issue of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions. 

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EU DG-Environment Warns of Seagrass Decline, Carbon Dioxide Releases [viewed]

25 October 2012: A news alert released by the EU Directorate-General of the Environment (DG-Environment) explores the annual average global annual decline of seagrass beds by 1.5% since 1900, which is now accelerating, noting they are an important carbon sink.

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GEF SGP Projects Promote Energy Efficiency, Combat Climate Change in Ukraine [viewed]

31 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided financial support to implement three demonstration projects to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ukraine. The projects, implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), promote solar energy use for electricity production and hot water heating, and raise community awareness on energy efficiency and energy saving measures.

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UNESCO-IHE, ADB Convene First Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week [viewed]

30 October 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Water Education (IHE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) convened water leaders from Asia to explore the issues of water security and green growth during the first Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Sustainable Forest Products and Energy [viewed]

UNECE25 October 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Committee convened to discuss the annual wood market, an action plan for the forest sector in a green economy, European Forest Week and the Committee's programme of work through 2017.

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Consumer Behavior Key to Reducing Emissions in the EU [viewed]

24 October 2012: A study for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action developed by CE Delft, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and LEI Wageningen indicates that behavioral changes can complement technological changes and can allow emission reduction targets to be reached more cost-effectively, particularly if carried out in the areas of transport, housing and food.

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Event: UNECE Meeting of the Core Group of Pilot Projects on Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting will discuss pilot water adaptation projects launched by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Watercourses Convention) Task Force on Water and Climate.  

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OECD Roundtable Examines Catalyzing Investment in Low-carbon Infrastructure [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a special roundtable looking at how to create a long-term policy framework that catalyzes private investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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EU Council Prepares for Doha [viewed]

25 October 2012: The EU Council convened to prepare for the upcoming 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 8), scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November – 7 December 2012.

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Global Gas Flaring Reduction Forum Reviews Progress Achieved [viewed]

25 October 2012: The Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, a public-private initiative led by the World Bank that facilitates and supports national efforts to use currently flared gas, has called on oil producers, countries and companies to reduce flaring of natural gas associated with oil production by 30% by 2017. 

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