GBEP Newsletter n.17 - 9 December 2014

GBEP welcomes new Chair and looks at bioenergy-water links: updates from annual GBEP meetings

GBEP Partners and Observers convened in Rome at FAO Headquarters from 10 to 14 November 2014 for the Partnership’s annual round of official meetings and events. At the 17th GBEP Steering Committee, held on 14 November, members welcomed Jamaica as a new Observer and Mr Francesco La Camera, Director General at the Italian Ministry of the Environment Land and Sea, as new Chair under the re-confirmed Co-Chairmanship of Italy and Brazil for the biennium 2015-2016.

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FAO releases findings of GBEP sustainability indicators testing in Colombia and Indonesia

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released this October the results from its project “Pilot testing of Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) indicators for sustainable bioenergy in targeted developing countries”, which started in 2011 and was carried out in Colombia and Indonesia, with support from the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Natural Resource, and Nuclear Safety of Germany.

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Wood, Water and (bioenergy) Week: what’s up with the GBEP Activity Groups

2015 promises to be an intense and fruitful year for the GBEP community, with new activities carried out, events and projects. GBEP’s Activity Group 4 presented the report “Towards sustainable modern wood energy development” conducted by ECO Consult and funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). GBEP has also established a new Activity Group (AG6) with the objective to identify and disseminate ways of integrating bioenergy systems into agriculture and forestry to improve sustainable management of water resources. Next year will also see the third edition of the “Bioenergy Week”, carried out in the framework of the Activity Group 3 “Study tour for capacity building and training”. The event will be hosted by the Government of Indonesia and will be organized in the spring of 2015.

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Global Bioenergy Perspectives: Building Competitive Green Industries: the climate and clean technology opportunity for developing countries

A new World Bank Group report quantifies significant opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to generate profits and create jobs by providing solutions to local climate challenges. Much of the emphasis on climate change has been on urging countries to act to avoid environmental catastrophe. This new report frames responding to climate change as an extraordinary economic opportunity, particularly in developing countries.

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GBEP agenda for 2015

GBEP calendar of activities and events for 2015.

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