The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry does not view the EU law on hydropower project assessment, which is based on the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams (WCD), as binding. The EU Emissions Trading Unit says the law is binding and Norway’s interpretation is wrong.
Swedish Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson has carried out an unprecedented assessment of 23 UN agencies that receive substantial support from Sweden. FAO gets the worst marks; six others are also identified as lacking effectiveness. See full results.
Following the Gaza donor conference in Sharm el-Sheikh March 2, global media reported that USD 4.5 billion had been pledged to rebuild Gaza. This figure is likely to be highly inflated. Among the Nordics, only Denmark offered fresh funds.
Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust which manages the Svalbard Seed Vault, argues for an Endowment Fund that can guarantee preservation of gene banks in perpetuity. On the one-year anniversary of the Svalbard facility, Fowler raises concern that the survival of the world’s seed collections rests precariously on annual hand-outs from donors.