Technology Transfer

Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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GEF Supports Ethanol Production from Cassava Pilot Project [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$2.97 million grant to promote cassava-based bioenergy through technology innovation and South-South technology transfer from Thailand and neighboring countries.

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CGIAR Catalogues Best Practices for Genebank Conservation [viewed]

7 March 2012: While seed conservation is a common approach to conserving genetic diversity of plants, not all crops can be kept in seed form and thus their conservation requires alternative storage methods, which have been catalogued in a set of three publications from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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ITTO Supports Development of Forest Planning Model in Guyana [viewed]

March 2012: The Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests (REDDES) Programme of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has provided support to Guyana to develop a high-level decision support model for forestry.

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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PROFOR Advisory Board Reviews 2011 Activities [viewed]

14 March 2012: At the annual meeting of the Program on Forests (PROFOR) Advisory Board, the Secretariat reported on activity outcomes of the calendar year and sought decisions and guidance from the Board on a range of issues.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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EC Announces 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment Shortlist [viewed]

22 March 2012: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for the Environment (DG Environment) has announced the shortlist for the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). Out of 156 submissions from 24 EU Member States and candidate countries, 14 have been selected as finalists for the awards, which are given to companies combining innovation, competitiveness and environmental performance.

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