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  >> 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

30.11.2017 Countries commit US$540 million

Countries commit US$540 million for continued work under the Montreal Protocol on its 30th anniversary


Source:, 2017-11-28

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 November.

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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30.11.2017 Mapping the World

Mapping the Worldĺs Wind Energy Potential


Source:, 2017-11-28

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 world.

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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30.11.2017 FAO and EBRD mark 20th anniversa

FAO and EBRD mark 20th anniversary with renewed commitment to sustainable food value chains


Source:, 2017-11-28

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 Eastern Mediterranean.

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 added.

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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30.11.2017 New online tool to better safegu

New online tool to better safeguard animal genetic resources launched


Source:, 2017-11-29

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 intervention.


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