Technology / Transfer

ICRAF and SEI Brief on Sustainable Firewood and Charcoal in Kenya [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)16 June 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) released two technical briefs on the sustainability of charcoal and firewood use in Kenya. The reports note that, in Kenya, charcoal and firewood production support the livelihoods of more than 2 million people. However, firewood is not yet adequately included in energy policies.

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UNECA Reports on Energy Access and Security in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNECA10 June 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has launched a report detailing the state of energy access and security in 14 Eastern African countries. The report finds that Eastern Africa's population has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world, ranging from 1% in the State of South Sudan (9.3 million people without access) to 22.5% in Ethiopia (nearly 64.5 million without access).

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World Bank Announces GEF Grants for Pollution Control Activities in the Adriatic Sea [viewed]

World Bank11 June 2014: The World Bank has announced the approval of two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants for the Adriatic Sea Environmental Pollution Control Project for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The project will focus on reducing the discharge of pollutants into the Adriatic Sea and strengthen government capacity to monitor sea water quality.

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Global Landscapes Forum Reports on Successes and Outcomes [viewed]

CIFOR9 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report of the first Global Landscapes Forum. The report focuses on four themes: investing in sustainable landscapes, landscape policy and governance, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and landscapes for food security and nutrition.

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UNECE, FAO Support SFM in Central Asia, Turkey [viewed]

FAO UNECE4 June 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section held a capacity building workshop for forest product statistics in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus. FAO has announced renewed partnership with the Turkish Government to address forests and food security in the region. 

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Event: Third Session of the CGRFA Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) will address issues related to the Global Plan of Action on Forest Genetic Resources, genetic diversity and climate change, biodiversity and nutrition, application and integration of biotechnologies, and access and benefit-sharing for forest genetic resources.  

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CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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ITTO TTM Notes Crash in Teak Prices in Myanmar [viewed]

ITTO logo16 May 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 May issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights the collapse of teak log prices in Myanmar ahead of the raw log export ban. The drop in price can be attributed to a sharp increase in prices before the ban came into effect combined with limited domestic mill capacity, which is causing a backlog in the milling of teak.

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IFPRI Conference Highlights Role of Resilience in Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

IFPRI Logo18 May 2014: At the ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security' conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), its 2020 Vision Initiative and partners, participants called for the inclusion of a goal to eliminate hunger by 2025 in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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