International Financial Institution

Event: 2012 Annual Meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2012 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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UNDP Publication Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Recovery Strategies in Europe and CIS [viewed]

2 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication on biodiversity loss in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), highlighting the state of biodiversity in the region particularly in the context of climate change, and presenting some outcomes of its biodiversity work funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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CBD Study Examines Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), published a study on the impacts of marine debris on biodiversity, and suggesting strategies to address the challenge. The report focuses on four impact categories: entanglement and ingestion, including microplastics; dispersal via rafting; provision of new habitat; and ecosystem-level effects.

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Palau Wins Future Policy Award 2012 [viewed]

World Future Council26 September 2012: Palau has received the Future Policy Award 2012 in recognition of its 2003 Protected Areas Network Act and 2009 Shark Haven Act. Two Silver Awards recognized the Philippines, for its 2010 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, and Namibia, for its 2000 Marine Resources Act.

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GEF SGP Rehabilitating Endangered Species in Armenia [viewed]

13 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support to a project to restore two critically endangered species of trout in Lake Sevan in Armenia. The species are threatened as a result of unsustainable industrial and hydroelectric use of the lake.

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Event: CEE and Central Asia Capacity-Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for the early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Japan Biodiversity Fund. Its objective is to raise awareness and build the capacity of participating countries on the Nagoya Protocol and provide an opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learnt in preparing for its ratification and implementation.  

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ADB Supports Waste to Energy, Pedestrian Infrastructure, and Wetland Protection Activities in China [viewed]

ADB27 September 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is providing US$600 million of loans to the Government of China for waste to energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, and protection of wetlands projects.

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OLI Analyzes Experiences and Options for Forest Financing [viewed]

21 September 2012: The Organization Led Initiative (OLI) on Forest Financing convened to respond to requests from the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) to: analyze gaps and opportunities in forest-related financing; identify and propose options to overcome barriers to financing; and develop proposals on improving financing, including through a voluntary global forest fund.

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World Bank Supports Forest Fire Response Project in the Russian Federation [viewed]

World Bank20 September 2012: The World Bank approved a US$40 million loan to prevent forest fires and promote sustainable forest management in the Russian Federation in an effort to protect forests and limit related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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BCIE, UNDP Share Lessons Learned Supporting Green Businesses in Central America [viewed]

4 September 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a symposium on "Sharing Lessons of Green Business for Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Climate Change," from 23-24 August 2012, in the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama.

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