Twenty-third Session of UN-HABITAT Governing Council Opens [viewed]

11 April 2011: The 23rd Session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT GC 23) opened on 11 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, and will conclude on 15 April. GC 23 is focusing on the theme "Sustainable Urban Development through Expanding Equitable Access to Land, Housing, Basic Services and Infrastructure."

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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World Bank Institute, FCPF Launch Tool on Opportunity Costs of REDD+ [viewed]

8 April 2011: The World Bank Institute and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published a training manual that shares hands-on experience from field programmes and presents the essential practical and theoretical steps, methods and tools to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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GEF Project to Stimulate Samoa's Climate Resilience [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently approved a project to integrate climate change risks and resilience into forestry management in Samoa, thus contributing to food security, increased yields and crop variety, and health benefits.

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Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Holds Critical Energy Issues Dialogue [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Regional Critical Energy Issues Dialogue and meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) was held in 7-8 April in Panama City, Panama.

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Delegates at Bangkok Climate Change Talks Agree on AWG-LCA 14 Agenda [viewed]

8 April 2011: The 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16), the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA 14), and three pre-sessional workshops convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-8 April 2011.

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European Commission Assesses Feasibility of Scaling-up Climate Finance [viewed]

8 April 2011: The European Commission has released a staff working document on "Scaling up international climate finance after 2012," confirming that raising US$100 billion per year by 2020 is "challenging but feasible" with the right mix of public funding, funding from international carbon markets, as well as private funds, partly leveraged by development banks.

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FAO Releases Second Newsletter on EX-ACT Carbon Balance Tool [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the second issue of the newsletter for its EX-ACT Tool, which provides ex-ante estimates of the impact of agriculture and forestry development projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration.

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FCPF Publishes Outcomes of Eighth Participants Committee Meeting [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility has published the resolutions and decisions adopted at the eighth meeting of the Participants Committee (PC), which took place from 23-25 March 2011, in Da Lat, Viet Nam.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is seeking nominations for a Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation and capacity building workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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