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4th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Geneva, Switzerland - from 4 to 8 May 2009

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Official launch of the GEF Small Grants Programme
in Zambia

 

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The GEF invites you to attend at the next event of the GEF Brown Bag Lunch Series
 

Speaker: Nancy Kete, PhD, Director
EMBARQ - The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport World Resources Institute

Moderator: Osamu Mizuno, Sr. Environmental Specialist, GEF Climate Change and Chemicals
 

Tuesday, May 12
12:00 - 1:30 PM

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The GEF invites you to attend at the next event of the GEF Brown Bag Lunch Series
 

Speaker: Anantha Kumar Duraiappah
Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics
Division of Policy Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

Moderator: Jaime Cavelier
Sr. Program Manager, Natural Resources, GEFSEC
 

Tuesday, May 18
12:30 - 2:00 PM

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Renewables global status report: Energy transformation continues despite economic slowdown 

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20 MAY 2009 | WASHINGTON DC - The REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, released the past week in Paris, shows that the fundamental transition of the world’s energy markets continues (www.ren21.net).

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The GEF invites you to attend at the next event of the GEF Brown Bag Lunch Series

Speaker: N. Lymberopoulos, Director, Projects and Programmes
International Center for Hydrogen Energy Technologies

 Moderator: Dimitrios Zevgolis
Program manager, GEF Climate Change and Chemicals
 

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Much of the land area in China lies in arid or semi-arid zones.

Dryland areas of the western PRC cover roughly 40 percent of the country’s total land area, and are highly vulnerable to drought and desertification. The area of degraded lands is expanding at an annual rate of about 3,500 km2 due to a combination of unsustainable agricultural practices, deforestation, and mismanagement of water resources.

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Land degradation is a serious economic, social, and environmental problem in the transition economies of the Central Asia. It directly affects the livelihood of the rural population by reducing the productivity of land resources and adversely affecting the stability, functions, and services derived from natural systems. Agricultural yields are reported to have declined by 20-30 percent across the region since these countries achieved independence over a decade ago, causing annual losses of agricultural production as much as US$2 billion.

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Argentina’s Patagonia region is a rich mosaic of varied arid semi-arid areas, interspersed with riparian wetlands. The ecosystems collectively support a rich diversity of species, but land degradation now affects an estimated 85 percent of Patagonia. This is caused mainly by overgrazing in the rural areas, where rearing livestock, principally sheep, has been the main productive activity for more than a century.

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Implementing Agency: IBRD - The World Bank
SCCF Grant: $5,000,000
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