Europe

Event: 38th Summit of the G8 [viewed]

The US will host the 38th Summit of the Group of Eight (G8) at Camp David, Maryland, in May 2012. The G8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the US. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago, back-to-back with the NATO summit, but the US announced the change in location and dates on 5 March (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/statement-press-secretary-g-8-and-nato-summits). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold its summit in Chicago from 20-21 May (see http://www.chicagonato.org/ for more information). The Presidents Benin, Ghana and Tanzania and Prime Minister of Ethiopia are expected to join in the discussions on food security in Africa.  

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Conference Highlights Contribution of Overseas Entities to Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2011: A conference on “Islands and Overseas Entities' contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was held at the European Parliament, and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of overseas entities and islands' assets to take up these challenges.

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Ireland Publishes Roadmaps for Wind Power, Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles [viewed]

IEA22 December 2011: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published national technology roadmaps for wind power, smart grids, and electric vehicles using International Energy Agency (IEA) methodologies.

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Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Approves $39.5 Million Funding for Six Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 December 2011: At its 16th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board accredited three new implementing entities and approved the second project with direct access through a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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EU Court Finds Measures on Aviation Emissions Compatible with International Law [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ruled that the EU decision to include the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, thereby providing that all airlines – including those of third countries – will have to acquire and surrender emission allowances for their flights departing from and arriving at European airports, is lawful under international law.

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EBRD Helps Increase Serbia's Renewables Production [viewed]

20 December 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is promoting green energy in Serbia with a €45 million sovereign-guaranteed loan to Elektroprivreda Srbije, the state-owned power company, to renovate existing and build new, small hydropower plants.

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European Forest Database Provides Information on Carbon Balances, Biodiversity, and Wood Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 December 2011: FOREST EUROPE and the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) have launched a web-based resource tool based on their joint State of Europe's Forests 2011 report that also contains new unpublished data on forests, forest management and forest industry in the pan-European region. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Iceland's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

19 December 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/ISL) of the individual review of the annual submission of Iceland submitted in 2011, according to which, in 2009, carbon dioxide accounted for 76.5% of total GHG emissions in Iceland.

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Germany Commits Funding to FCPF [viewed]

World Bank16 December 2011: The World Bank has reported that the Government of Germany has added €30 million, for a total of €84 million, to its financial commitments to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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Commission Proposes Environment and Climate Funding for 2014-2020 [viewed]

12 December 2011: The European Commission has proposed to allocate €3.2 billion over 2014-2020 to a new programme for the environment and climate action-LIFE, with simpler and more flexible procedures and a significant budget.

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