ASB and IISD Develop Platform for South-South Exchange on REDD+ [viewed]

April 2011: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins at the World Agroforestry Centre (ASB-ICRAF) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have developed a platform for building capacity for REDD+(reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) negotiators and stakeholders in Africa and Asia.

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FAO Releases Publications on Forestry in Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

April 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released reports on forests and forestry in the Asia-Pacific region, looking forward to 2020, and including subregional reports and analyses for Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Pacific and the Greater Mekong. An additional report examines "Forest policies, legislation and institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Trends and emerging needs for 2020."

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Event: Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century [viewed]

This meeting will focus on vulnerability, resilience and capacity for adaptation of communities in areas that are prone to disaster due to climate change, the protection of displaced people, and promotion of action to help prevent or manage displacement. The conference also aims to provide up-to-date projections with regard to drivers of displacement such as drought, floods, storms and sea-level rise.  

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Event: IHA World Congress [viewed]

The theme for the IHA 2011 World Congress will be “Advancing Sustainable Hydropower,” which reflects the Association's mission. The World Congress will tackle issues in relation to hydropower development, such as water and energy security, climate change and financing development, whilst impacts on the role of hydropower and other water and energy services will be discussed with a view to specifying action.  

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Event: UNFCCC Workshop on Technology Needs Assessments [viewed]

This workshop will convene prior to the 34th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).  

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Event: Major Economies Forum: Brussels April 2011 [viewed]

The Brussels meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) is co-hosted by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, and Michael Froman, US Deputy National Security Adviser for international economic affairs. This is the first MEF session since the Cancún Climate Change Conference. The agenda includes implementation of the Cancún Agreements, climate finance, the legal form of a future global climate framework, the Kyoto Protocol, and goals for the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter20 April 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the March/April edition of its newsletter, which features an article on the March 2011 Policy Board meeting held in Da Lat, Viet Nam, where partner country representatives, civil society organizations and donors spoke to the UN-REDD Programme about their evolving commitment to REDD+ and the value of their partnership with the Programme.

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World Bank Study Highlights Growth Potential for China's Electric Vehicles Industry [viewed]

20 April 2011: A new World Bank study, titled "The China New Energy Vehicles Program: Challenges and Opportunities," estimates that the growth of electric vehicles over the next 10 years is expected to be significant, with industry forecasts suggesting that global plug-in vehicle sales will contribute between 2-25% of new vehicle sales by 2025.

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IEA Report Proposes Steps for Sustainable Global Biofuels Expansion [viewed]

20 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport,” which describes the necessary steps to realize ambitious global biofuels targets.

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