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World Bank Approves US$80 Million for Hunan Forest Restoration [viewed]

World Bank22 January 2013: The World Bank announced the approval of the Hunan Forest Restoration and Development Project with an overall budget of US$115.2 million, of which US$80 million will be financed by the World Bank. The project aims to restore the Hunan forest in China following a 2008 ice storm that damaged the country's southern and central regions.

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EC to Fund INTERPOL's Efforts against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

21 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will contribute €1.73 million to INTERPOL in support of its Project Combat Wildlife Crime, which operates under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and includes the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organisation. In addition, the EC will be providing €2 million to the MIKE programme, which monitors elephant poaching across Africa.

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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Mountain Day 2 Calls for Strengthening Global Mountain Agenda in Multilateral Negotiations [viewed]

3 December 2012: Mountain Day 2, which focused on the topic "Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities,” took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC.

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SOS Funds 25 New Biodiversity Conservation Projects [viewed]

22 November 2012: The Save Our Species (SOS) initiative has announced its support for 25 new projects. In this second round, SOS is funding conservation projects on dolphins, dugongs, manatees, gibbons, rhinos and tigers, as well as lesser known but similarly threatened species such as river turtles, Asian crocodiles, flying foxes, freshwater fish and plant species.

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43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Biodiversity Projects/Programs [viewed]

GEF15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

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World Bank Report Highlights Importance of Africa's Forests and Woodlands [viewed]

World Bank10 November 2012: The World Bank has released a special report, "Forests, trees, and woodlands in Africa: an action plan for World Bank engagement," highlighting the importance of Africa's forests for economic growth and development, and as providers of key ecosystem services supporting livelihoods and increased resilience to climate change. 

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World Bank/GEF Projects Improve Water and Sanitation Services in Zhejiang Province, China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF6 November 2012: The World Bank has reported on two projects that were supported jointly with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and helped improve access to safe and reliable water for 2.5 million people in Ningbo City and increase wastewater treatment from 10% to 65.4% for one million people in Cixi City, in China.

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CIF Pilot Country Meetings Discuss Progress and Experiences [viewed]

1 November 2012: The Pilot Country Meetings for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met from 30 October-1 November 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, in association with the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, which meets on 6-7 November 2012. The Pilot Country Meetings provided the opportunity for those working on CIF-financed operations to discuss progress and experiences in an open and collaborative manner.

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Ministerial Conference Calls for Intensified Implementation of Global Tiger Recovery Program [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation brought together ministers and representatives of 13 tiger range countries to review achievements since the 2010 Tiger summit, and to reaffirm their commitment to doubling the tiger population by the next Year of Tiger in 2022. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan, in coordination with the World Bank's Global Tiger Initiative (GTI).

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