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Volume 45, Issue 15

U.N. GREEN CLIMATE FUND GOES INTO EFFECT, STARTS IDENTIFYING PROJECTS

Country: Japan

Japan entered into a contribution agreement with the United Nation's Green Climate Fund on May 21, pushing the fund past the halfway mark needed for it to go into effect. Though Japan's agreement came nearly a month after the deadline, the country's $1.5 billion pledge brought the fund's total to $5.47 billion, well over the dollar amount necessary for the fund to start allocating resources to projects. The fund plans to approve the first round of projects in November 2015.

INDONESIA SINKS 41 VESSELS IN ANTI-ILLEGAL FISHING OPERATIONS

Country: Indonesia

Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry scuttled 41 illegal foreign fishing boats on May 20 as part of an ongoing effort by President Joko Widodo's administration to curb illegal fishing, which is considered rampant in the region. The government has now sunk 60 vessels that were seized on charges of illegal or unreported fishing.

FRENCH GOVERNMENT AIMS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL BILL

Country: France

The French government on May 21 added a provision to a broad energy and environment bill that would manage food waste from supermarkets. The provision would require the country's largest supermarkets to enter into contracts to donate unsold but edible food to charities or to farms for animal feed and compost by July 2016. Penalties for failing to comply include fines upward of $80,000 and the possibility of jail time for managers.

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