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According to Belarusian tradition, Father Frost (also known as Dzyed Maróz or Santa Claus) lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, part of the immense primaeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.

It is hardly surprising then that Belarus’s largest manufacturer of high quality children’s plastic toys and games is based a few miles away. 

Polesie is a toy manufacturer located in the small town of Kobrin, famous for its cheese, and now also its toys.

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A major coalition of finance and conservation organizations today launched a series of blueprints aimed at replicating and expanding successful investment in nature.

The blueprints published by the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) will help accelerate the development of investment deals in four sectors: sustainable cocoa, conservation forestry, marine protected areas, and green infrastructure for coastal resilience and for watershed protection.

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Lebanese companies and enterprises will benefit from better and more stable supply of electricity thanks to a US$ 20 million financial package extended by the EBRD to BUTEC Utility Services S.A.L. (BUS), a private electricity distribution service provider operating in the north of the country and a member of BUTEC Group.

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The 55th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting wrapped up today following the approval of its first work program under its new, four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7, and a series of decisions that will firm up its implementation policies and procedures.

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A special session on gender gathered civil society organizations, representation of indigenous peoples, youth and women's groups, to dialogue on the links between gender equality and better environmental stewardship as part of the Civil Society (CSO) Forum, traditionally held on the day preceding the first day of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Council meeting. 

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55th GEF Council, December 18-20, 2018

On the agenda of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which opened today in Washington DC, are the first projects to be funded under its new, four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7, and measures to further improve the GEF’s efficiency, accountability, transparency and environmental and social safeguards.

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UN Climate Change Conference (COP24), held in Katowice, Poland from December 2-14, 2018

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It’s nearing midnight, when our guide, Andry, darts into the undergrowth. In the velvet dark of the forest, lit only by the sharp stabs of our torches and the gentle glow of the waning moon filtering through the canopy, it’s hard to see what the excitement is all about until he crouches down, pointing. “Chameleon,” he says, barely louder than a whisper.

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Almost 150 countries, 94 of them Parties to the Minamata Convention of Mercury, are meeting in Geneva this week to strengthen their efforts to reduce and eliminate the adverse effects of mercury as a new report reveals that global mercury emissions into the atmosphere rose by around 20% between 2010 and 2015. Mercury is a serious pollution threat and very dangerous to human health and the environment.

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The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) opens today in Geneva, Switzerland. The Minamata Convention, the newest multilateral environmental agreement, was adopted in 2013 in Kumamoto, Japan and entered into force in August, 2017. The Convention commits to protect human health and the environment from the toxic effects of mercury.

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