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World Bank Introduces RISE Tool at SE4ALL Forum [viewed]

World Bank18 May 2015: Presenting at a parallel session on finance at the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, the World Bank described an indicator-based tool that it has developed to increase investment in economically and environmentally sustainable energy. The tool, dubbed 'Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE),' is being piloted in 17 countries and will eventually be rolled out in more than 100 countries.

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Pew Reports Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Countries [viewed]

PEW19 May 2015: The Clean Energy Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report highlighting global trends in electricity investment. The report, titled 'Power Shifts—Emerging Clean Energy Markets,' finds that investment in electricity infrastructure is shifting from industrialized countries to the developing world and from fossil fuels to clean energy. The report projects that renewables will account for 54% of new global power capacity over the next 15 years.

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CITES and UNEP Support Strengthening of Wildlife Laws [viewed]

CITES UNEP5 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have announced a collaborative initiative to provide assistance to priority countries and territories, upon their request, to enhance their legislation on effective implementation of CITES, including to combat illegal trade in wildlife.

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

April 2015 Climate Finance30 April 2015: During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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April 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

april_2015_sustainable_energyApril 2015: In April, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and World Bank announced sustainable energy financing for projects in Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, the Pacific and West Africa. Several of these institutions also released related publications or reached milestones in their sustainable energy efforts.

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GBIF Surveys Seek to Understand Biodiversity Needs in ACP Countries [viewed]

GBIf29 April 2015: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has issued a call for inputs on the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) programme via surveys of data holders and decision makers. These two stakeholder groups are considered critical to the long-term success of the BID programme, which seeks to increase availability and use of biodiversity information in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

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IDB Launches Open Data Portal for LAC Region [viewed]

new_logo_idb28 April 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched an open data portal, titled ‘Numbers for Development,' which allows users to explore, visualize and download data from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation [viewed]

common_ocean_blue_solutions22 April 2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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IDB, IWA Launch World's First Rating Agency for the Water Sector [viewed]

idb_iwaMarch 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Water Association (IWA) have jointly developed and established the world's first rating agency for the water sector. The agency, called AquaRating, helps water and sanitation utilities improve management and performance; establishes the international standard for assessing water and sanitation services provision; and provides an impartial and credible evaluation of performance and management practices.

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