Europe

UNFF Launches Newsletter on Regional Forest Activities [viewed]

10 August 2011: The UN Forum on Forests Secretariat has launched the first issue of its newsletter "Regional Voices," reporting on several regional activities related to sustainable forest management.

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UNFCCC Publishes Fifth National Communication Review Reports for Italy and Poland [viewed]

UNFCCC5 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the in-depth review of the fifth national communications (NC5) of Italy (FCCC/IDR.5/ITA) and Poland (CC/ERT/2011/12). The reviews were conducted by teams of experts nominated from the UNFCCC roster of experts.

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Event: WMO Regional Association VI Conference on Social and Economic Benefits of Weather, Climate and Water Services [viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing this meeting in conjunction with MeteoSwiss and the Government of Switzerland. The meeting aims to promote and stimulate socio-economic assessments and studies among the Regional Association (RA) Members. It will provide a forum for discussing the outcomes of recent studies carried out by different Members and reviewing related methodologies. It is expected that the Conference will provide material for the development of regional guidelines on the subject with an outline of good practices, in order to build the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the region for conducting socio-economic analyses and studies.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Convention Amendment Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2011: The UNFCCC has published a proposal (FCCC/CP/2011/3) from Cyprus and the EU to amend Annex I to the Convention, as well as a proposal (FCCC/CP/2011/4) from Papua New Guinea and Mexico to amend Articles 7 (Conference of the Parties) and 18 (right to vote) of the Convention.

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UNFCCC Publishes Carbon Capture and Storage Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published ten submissions (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.10) on views on carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in geological formations as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities.

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European Commission Legislation Incentivizes Eco-innovation for Cars [viewed]

25 July 2011: The European Commission adopted legislation providing incentives for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from cars through eco-innovation. The Regulation enables motor manufacturers to receive carbon emission credits if they fit new cars with approved "eco-innovations" reducing emissions.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNFCCC Publishes GHG Inventory Report Reviews of Norway and Turkey [viewed]

UNFCCC21 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of Norway (FCCC/ARR/2010/NOR) and Turkey (FCCC/ARR/2010/TUR) submitted in 2010.

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EBRD Announces Energy Efficiency Loan for Romania [viewed]

21 July 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced a €10 million corporate loan to finance energy efficiency projects in the Romanian municipal sector.

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GEF Approves Four REDD+ SFM Projects in New Funding Window for Forests [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approvoved the first four projects to access incentive funds available for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) under the GEF Incentive Mechanism for Forests.

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