World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Security Loan for Jamaica [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million loan to support an energy efficiency and security project in Jamaica. The project is expected to result in detailed policies and plans on renewable energy, to reduce the country's high dependence on imported petroleum products and move to cleaner fuels.

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FAO to Provide Training on Modeling Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

8 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be offering training to national meteorological services, agriculture departments and other relevant institutions on performing impact assessments using the FAO-MOSAICC (Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change) tool.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Documents Released [viewed]

8 March 2011: Documentation for the UN-REDD Programme's sixth Policy Board meeting, taking place from 21-22 March 2011, in Da Lat, Viet Nam, is now available online.

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CSD Preparatory Meeting Addresses Climate, SIDS and Transport Issues [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 28 February-4 March 2011.

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IEA Publishes Review of Poland's Energy Policy [viewed]

2 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Poland 2011 Review,” which breaks down its investigation into sections on general energy policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2011: Second World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

The second World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on urban adaptation planning and practice, urban risk assessment, costs and financing of urban climate change adaptation, socio-economic and institutional dimensions of climate change adaptation, and strategy, policy integration and mainstreaming of climate change. The event is convened by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), the City of Bonn and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.  

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Event: International Symposium on Isotopes in Hydrology, Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change Studies [viewed]

Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hosted by the Government of the Principality of Monaco, this event aims to share recent research on the use of isotopic techniques in hydrology, climate change studies, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Specific topics for discussion will include: the role of isotopes in understanding and modelling climate change, marine ecosystems and the water cycle; carbon dioxide sequestration and related aspects of the carbon cycle, such as ocean acidification; isotopes in groundwater flow modelling for large aquifers; and analytical methods and instrumentation for the application of isotopes in environmental, climate and hydrological studies. The symposium is aimed at professionals in fields related to the issues being discussed, as well as government officials and policymakers.  

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UN/ISDR Releases Mid-Term Review of Hyogo Framework [viewed]

9 March 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released its Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, subtitled "Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters," which highlights progress made over the last five years in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and in raising the profile of disaster preparedness across international, regional, and national agendas.

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IEA Highlights Importance of Energy Security for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

8 March 2011: Addressing the Windsor Energy Group (WEG) annual consultation to UK policy-makers, Richard Jones, International Energy Agency (IEA) Deputy Executive Director, underscored the role of energy efficiency in addressing climate change.

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