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UNCCD Holds Land For Life Awards Ceremony in Doha [viewed]

3 December 2012:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has granted the first Land For Life Award to civil society organizations from Haiti, Turkey and Uganda for their innovative work combating land degradation. UNCCD recognized the three winners at a Recognition Gala event, which included ministers from their respective countries, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

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UNEP Booklet Presents Case Studies of Grassroots Solutions to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP1 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a booklet, titled "Seeds of Knowledge," which suggests that grassroots, community-involved projects around the world are already playing an essential role in the response to climate change, and that these projects can guide policies.

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COP 18 Side Event Discusses FiTs in Africa and Middle East [viewed]

30 November 2012: The World Future Council (WFC), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), and Friends of the Earth jointly held a side event during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in Africa and the Middle East.

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UNFCCC Photo, Video and Podcast Contest Winners Announced in Doha [viewed]

29 November 2012: The winners of the UNFCCC Photo and Video Contests for 2012 were announced at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, hosted by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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EIB Supports Water Sector Investments in Cantabria, Spain [viewed]

28 November 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €50 million loan to support investments in water and sanitation facilities in the Spanish region of Cantabria. The loan will help finance a project aimed at increasing water supply and wastewater management in coastal areas through the construction of new treatment plants and other sewage infrastructure.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submission from Parties on Various Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has circulated a submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG LCA) from Australia, Canada, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Ukraine and the US on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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EEA Reports on Participatory Scenarios of Security Risks from Climate Change [viewed]

EEA28 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report presenting participatory-based scenarios of security risks from climate change, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues."

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Mitigation and MRV Newsletter Highlights Capacity-building Efforts [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) has released the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter. The October 2012 newsletter features the Partnership's first Autumn School on MRV, as well as a review of capacity-building workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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EU Set to Meet €7.2 Billion Pledge in Fast Start Funding [viewed]

28 November 2012: The EU has reported that it is on track to deliver €7.2 billion in fast start funding by 2013 to developing countries to strengthen their resilience to climate change. According to a new publication, the EU and its member states have already mobilized €7.14 billion, amounting to almost one-third of the US$30 billion pledged by developing countries over the three years 2010-2012.

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COP 18 Participants Call for Greater Coordination of CBD, UNFCCC on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

27 November 2012: The Philippines Climate Change Commission, the Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland, the Ateneo School of Government and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation jointly convened a side event on common guidance for safeguards on REDD+. The event included the presentation of results of a joint initiative between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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