>> Countries commit US$540 million for continued work under the Montreal Protocol on its 30th anniversary
>> Mapping the Worldĺs Wind Energy Potential
>> FAO and EBRD mark 20th anniversary with renewed commitment to sustainable food value chains
>> New online tool to better safeguard animal genetic resources launched
Countries commit US$540 million
Countries commit US$540 million for
continued work under the Montreal Protocol on its 30th anniversary
Developing countries are to receive US$540 million under the Montreal Protocol
to continue their work in phasing out ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
and to initiate enabling activities for the phase-down of climate-warming
hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Kigali Amendment.
The funds will be provided by developed countries over the period 2018 to 2020
through the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol,
which has disbursed over US$3.7 billion since 1991 to support developing
countries to phase out chemicals that destroy the ozone layer.
Montreal Protocol parties made the funding commitment during the joint 11th
meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th
Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held in Montreal from 20 to 24
The parties also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the ozone-saving treaty
during the meeting with high-level participants, including the former Prime
Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney.
Canadaĺs Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, said,
ôThe Montreal Protocol is an example of how we can come together, that we can do
what naysayers think is impossible, that we can heal our planet.ö
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Mapping the World
Mapping the Worldĺs Wind Energy
The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new
Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors
identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the
The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars
by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also
provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare
resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.
The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind
climate data with high-resolution terrain informationŚfactors that can influence
the wind, such as hills or valleysŚand provides wind climate data at a 1km
scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also
provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic
information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize
the data in other applications.
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FAO and EBRD mark 20th anniversa
FAO and EBRD mark 20th anniversary
with renewed commitment to sustainable food value chains
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to step up
their joint efforts to make agrifood systems stronger, greener and more
inclusive across Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern and
The two institutions also stressed the importance of climate change mitigation
and adaptation initiatives for agriculture as they marked 20 years of
collaboration with a Memorandum of Understanding, signed today in London by EBRD
President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and FAO Director-General JosÚ Graziano da Silva.
"We see our partnership with FAO as crucial for fostering the transition of the
agribusiness sector in our region," President Chakrabarti said. "By drawing on
FAO's technical and policy expertise, we are able to make more effective
investments across agrifood chains, helping to enhance productivity, improve
energy efficiency, create jobs and promote sustainable and inclusive growth," he
FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva said: "The regions where we work together
- Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern and Eastern
Mediterranean - play critical though contrasting roles in global food and
agricultural markets. I am confident that together we will continue to build on
our respective strengths and support the emergence of an enabling environment
for all private players - from small scale farmers to leading agribusinesses."
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New online tool to better safegu
New online tool to better safeguard
animal genetic resources launched
A new FAO database launched today will help countries to better monitor, survey
and effectively manage their animal genetic resources, allowing for early
warning of the threat of extinction.
The Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) is the most complete
source of global information on animal genetic diversity to date.
The biodiversity of around 40 animal species that have been domesticated for use
in agriculture and food production is vital to food security and sustainable
rural development. Many locally adapted breeds, some of which are threatened
with extinction, have characteristics that make them resilient to climatic
stress, diseases and parasites. Over the years, they have adapted to their
environments characterized by harsh conditions.
The revamped version of DAD-IS includes new indicators to monitor the risk of
extinction of breeds indicating those that are at risk and need urgent
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