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 (


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



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.


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.


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.

Implementing Agency: IBRD - The World Bank
SCCF Grant: $5,000,000
GEF Agency: African Development Bank
Executing Agency: Environmental Affairs Department (Ministry of Mines, Natural Resources, and Environment); Department of Irrigation (Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development)
LDCF Grant: $3,000,000
Co-financing: $24,505,000


GEF Agency: UNDP
Executing Agency: Department of Geology and Mines (DGM); Ministry of Trade and Industry
LDCF Grant: $3,625,050
Co-financing: $3,486,224



 The Sixth Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board is taking place at the UNCCD premises in Bonn (Langer Eugen, room LEU 1916) from June 15 to 17, 2009.

Among other issues, the Board will discuss the fiduciary standards for implementing entities as part of the operational framework of the Adaptation Fund; the TORs and General Guidelines for Board Committees; the offers to recognize legal capacity and host the Board; and the Adaptation Fund logo.


17 JUNE 2009 | WASHINGTON DC -This year marks the 15th anniversary since the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was adopted in Paris on 17 June 1994.To date, 193 countries have signed and ratified the Convention, demonstrating a universal commitment to address land degradation as a global challenge affecting 1.2 billion people.

Photo: Prakash, 2009