Near East

GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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Qatar Sustainability Network to be Considered for Admission to COP 18 [viewed]

UNFCCC25 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to document FCCC/CP/2012/2 containing the list of intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to be considered for admission as observers to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18).

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Event: Doha Global Business Day 2012 [viewed]

Doha Global Business Day 2012 is jointly organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and will take place on 3 December 2012, at the Diplomatic Club in Doha, Qatar. The event will be held in parallel to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, and will explore the business perspective of diversifying the energy mix by 2050 in the framework of global green growth. The afternoon will have a special focus on the opportunities for green growth in the Middle East.  

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GEF Publication Showcases Lebanon Solar Water Heaters Market [viewed]

GEF22 October 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has published “The Residential Solar Water Heaters (SWH) Market in Lebanon in 2011.” The report highlights how sound governmental policies can boost a green economy, using the example of the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water's (MEW) support for the SWH market.

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BASIC Countries Call for Strengthened Commitments Ahead of Doha [viewed]

21 September 2012: The 12th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which the leaders reiterate their commitment to a successful outcome of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place at the end of 2012, in Doha, Qatar.

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IAEA Newsletter Highlights Isotope Hydrology Projects [viewed]

September 2012: The September edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Isotope Hydrology Section newsletter features articles on, inter alia: the IAEA water availability enhancement project (IWAVE); new approaches to interpreting precipitation stable isotope ratio variation; and projects in the Central African Republic and Colombia.

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UNISDR, UNDP Host DRR Training for Lebanese Local Authorities [viewed]

13 September 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Lebanese Prime Minister's office convened a training of trainers on the role of government in disaster risk reduction (DRR). 

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CDM Loan Scheme Issues First Loan Authorizations [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Loan Scheme has issued its first loan authorization, authorizing the provision of more than US$3 million towards 23 CDM projects.

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IFAD Pledges Finance Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Activities in Yemen [viewed]

7 September 2012: The Consultative Group Meeting for the Republic of Yemen announced a package of pledges towards Yemen's Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development, which included US$41 million in pledges from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop new programs.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases Report from 18th Meeting [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 August 2012: At its 18th Meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development of India as the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for India, and as its 12th NIE. The Board also approved grants for $50.7 million in seven countries, including one direct access project in Jamaica. 

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