Near East

FCPF Reports on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) held a workshop with representatives of indigenous peoples and civil society in order to gather their views and opinions on the work of the FCPF. Topics discussed included REDD+ readiness and the development of a methodological framework for the FCPF.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Systems Approach to Clean Energy [viewed]

27 February 2013: In a keynote address delivered at the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated that the system-wide integration of clean and efficient energy technologies is essential in the transition to a sustainable and secure energy future.

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UNISDR Assisting Government of Palestine to Establish Disaster Loss Database [viewed]

25 February 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced it is assisting the Government of Palestine in establishing its first national disaster loss database. UNISDR is conducting disaster assistance training with 100 government, non-governmental, and UN agency participants.

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Low Emission Capacity Building Programme Offers Guidance on NAMA Prioritization [viewed]

LECBP11 February 2013: The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) has hosted a webinar that introduced LECBP country teams and other practitioners to an approach developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to prioritizing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). The approach has been tested and implemented in Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh and Kenya.

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ICARDA Newsletter Focuses on Water Productivity, Drought-Resistant Fodder and Improved Seed Varieties [viewed]

February 2013: The February issue of the newsletter of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights recent research and partnerships related to water, genetic diversity and climate-adapted crops in Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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REN21 Newsletter Highlights Publications Launched at ADIREC 2013, Upcoming Events and Partner News [viewed]

REN218 February 2013: The February 2013 edition of the newsletter of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) highlights the launch of the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) and the Executive Summary of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Status Report, while also reporting on activities from REN21 partner organizations. 

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World Bank Report Reviews MENA's Water Demand and Options [viewed]

World Bank1 February 2013: A new World Bank report, titled “Renewable Energy Desalination: An Emerging Solution to Close MENA's Water Gap,” indicates that water demand in the Middle East and North of Africa (MENA) countries will quintuple by 2050. The study highlights that a water demand gap might persist even after applying all demand management options, and suggests that "new" water produced through desalination and greater investment in renewable energy are required.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project [viewed]

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment Report; and the launch of the World Ocean Assessment website.

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UN-Water Zaragoza Conference Prepares for International Year of Cooperation [viewed]

10 January 2012: The International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013 reiterated that the challenges of climate change, poverty eradication, sustainable development and population growth require cooperation.

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IRENA Newsletter Highlights NAMA Handbook to Eliminate Barriers to Renewables Deployment [viewed]

IRENA21 January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) latest newsletter highlights recent IRENA activities, meetings, publications and reports.

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