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Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events

30 October - 7 November 2012 | Istanbul, Turkey
 
Highlights for Thursday, 1 November 2012
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

CIF 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated EventsThe Clean Technology Fund (CTF) countries’ meeting took place today in Istanbul, Turkey, in association with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum that will convene on 6-7 November. The CTF is one of the two Climate Investment Funds (CIF) focusing on large-scale country-driven projects on renewable energy, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency. During the meeting, countries shared their experiences and discussed progress on their investment plans, challenges encountered and lessons learnt.

In the evening, a master class on wind power and biodiversity issues took place, addressing negative impacts of wind farms on birds and bats. Egypt, Turkey and South Africa presented country case studies followed by presentations by Ethiopia, US, BirdLife International, and the World Bank. The discussion identified the need for: a better understanding of bird and bat behavior; environmental impact assessments; post-construction monitoring and mitigation of negative impacts; legal and regulatory frameworks; national capacity building; and private sector engagement.
L-R: Claudio Alatorre, Inter-American Development Bank, in discussion with Carlos Barría
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CTF Countries Meeting
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Opening and Introduction
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View of the CTF in session

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Zhihong Zhang, CIF Adminstrative Unit

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Jeff Brez, Senior Communications Officer, CIF Administrative Unit

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CTF Implementation, Experiences and Lessons Learned
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Countries discussed general experiences with the CTF and reflected on challenges and lesson learnt.

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Sohail Hasnie, Asian Development Bank (ADB), said the CTF helped initiate large-scale projects in the Philippines.

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Smita Nakhooda, Overseas Development Institute, stressed the strategic purpose of the CTF financing in mitigation technologies.

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Dmytro Tolmachov, Ukraine, said that although “the cheapest money doesn’t have the shortest and simplest procedure” to access it, without the international financing institutions they would not have been able to move forward.

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Delegates from Indonesia consulting

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Egypt, Morocco, Chile, and partners discuss the challenges of creating investment plans and preparing projects for the funding pipeline.

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Maryam Sayed Khalil, Egypt, affirmed the continued relevance of its investment plan even after domestic political upheaval.

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Zohra Ettaik, Morocco, describes its concentrated solar power project, said to be the largest in the developing world.

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Ibrahima Konate, African Development Bank (AfDB), emphasizes the importance of industrial integration and the need to benefit domestic enterprises

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A group discussion on country experiences with the CTF.

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Benjarat Tanongsakmontri, Thailand

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Zaheer Fakir, South Africa

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Ayşe Deniz, Turkey

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Roundtable discussions covered many issues, including countries’ efforts to scale up projects and reduce unit costs, while including poverty reduction objectives.

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Mattha-ake Dutsadeepraesert, Thailand, highlighted capacity building needs of domestic agencies such as city councils and the electricity generation authority.

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Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, Jordan, encouraged partners to consider a regional approach in project development, so as to achieve economies of scale.

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Dan Millison, ADB, compared the features of wind energy and concentrated solar power (CSP) in terms of cost, stability and storage potential.

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Akitani Elise Massan, AfDB

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Pelin Zorlu, Third Generation Environmentalism

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A group discussion on the progress with countries' investment plans, challenges and lessons learnt

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Maria Edita Tan, the Philippines, moderated the group discussion.

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Tatiana Molina, Chile, presented on the concentrated solar power project.

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Tran Thi Minh Ha, Viet Nam, highlighted the need for enhancement of national focal points.

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Nasser Brahim, CIF Administrative Unit, noted the various groups' experiences and key recommendations.

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Briefing on Consultations for Trust Fund Committee Seats
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Funke Oyewole, Deputy Program Manager, CIF Administrative Unit

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Master Class on Wind Energy and Biodiversity Issues
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The Master Class session on Wind Energy and Biodiversity Issues presented options to mitigate impacts of wind farms on birds and bats.

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George Ledec, World Bank, stressed that negative impacts of wind farms are greater on bats than on birds.

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Maryam Sayed Khalil, Egypt, presented the results of a 2010 environment and social impact assessment in the Gulf of Suez.

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Erdinç Çetin, Zorlu Enerji, presented on private sector perspectives and actions, and the company’s wind farm, the largest in Turkey.

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L-R: David Cottingham, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Megan Diamond, Endangered Wildlife Trust, and Rudi Kruger, Eskom, South Africa, spoke via video link.

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L-R: Alemayehu Tafesse Mengesha, Ethiopia, noted that policy “must come first” in order to have a legal framework for handling resettlement issues, and emphasized the need for practical measures, supported by testing and research results; and Richard Grimmet, BirdLife International, observed that clean energy is not necessarily free of environmental impacts

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CIF Snapshots
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L-R: Zhihong Zhang, CIF Adminstrative Unit; Andreas Biermann, Senior Policy Manager, EBRD; and Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, Jordan

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Pictures from the CIF Climate Focus Photo Contest depicting Clean Technology

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L-R: Yulia Yamineva, Russian Federation, ENB, discussing the governance of the CTF with Zhihong Zhang, CIF Adminstrative Unit

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CIF global map displaying participating countries

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L-R: Zhihong Zhang and Nasser Brahim, CIF Adminstrative Unit

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