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Posted on on October 4th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

Interactive users’ guide to climate planning tools
23 September 2011 – A new, interactive users’ guide to tools for climate and development planning has now been launched by Ecofys and the Institute of Development Studies, with the support of CDKN. It helps developing country decision-makers figure out how climate compatible development can be planned and implemented in different contexts. There are many dozens of tools and methodologies to help guide decision-makers through the challenges of development planning in a changing climate. More on the project Visit the users’ guide

Rural areas show major potential for reducing greenhouse gases in Europe
21 September 2011 – Europe’s rural areas can play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A switch from heating oil and coal to renewable energy sources or low carbon fuels in rural areas could reduce carbon emissions from households and services in five EU countries by up to the equivalent of 3500 small towns (35 megatonnes CO2). These are the main findings of a study carried out by global consultancy Ecofys and commissioned by the FREE initiative (Future of Rural Energy in Europe). The results are presented in Brussels today. Please read the press release. The full report is available for download.

CDKN stands for  Climate and Development Knowledge Network

ECOFYS is a company of consultants out to make profits by doing the right things called for by the climate change reality and economics and acts according to the –

Rgough it all looks as if a new alphabet-soup is being cooked up – we find in all of this a path to salvation and want thus to publicize a meeting that was called for at the Panama City ongoing exercise:

All participants to the Panama Climate Change Conference are invited to a side event hosted “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions – an overview”, which will be held on

Tuesday, 4 October, from

20:00 to 21:30, in

Room Miraflores (Hotel Sheraton, in front of the ATLAPA Convention Centre).

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are currently developed in many countries. The side event will launch the, provide an overview of the activities worldwide and present some lessons learned.

We are looking forward to meeting you there.

Best regards.

Niklas Höhne for


What above means to us is that the UNFCCC was able to bring out the need to deal with Climate Change by decreasing energy use dependence on fossil fuels – but obviously – at the UN as such no solution is possible. Nevertheless, the locus of UNFCCC became a magnet for private people that are capable to consult individual governments and true environmental and socio-economic NGOs to move in the right direction.

Now, with the creation of a network of countries ready for National programs, there might indeed be born that nucleus for action that we are all waiting for.

True – from Durban we will get no satisfaction – but the meeting of the minds of people on the periphery there, and on the sidewalks of the road to Durban, there might be enough interest to start activities in States with positive attitudes to life and the future of mankind.

NAMA stands for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions on Climate Change. They will meet on the sideline in Panama City, Tuesday, October 4, 2011.


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