Asia

ESCAP, UNEP and ADB Release Asia-Pacific Green Growth Report [viewed]

16 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have released a report asserting that the challenges of resource constraints in the Asia-Pacific region are more serious than anywhere else, and proposing strategies for changing economic incentives to promote a green economy. The report was prepared as part of preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ICIMOD Report on Himalayan Climate Variability Examines Farmers' Responses to Change [viewed]

16 February 2012: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a study that investigates the impacts of climate change on mountain peoples' livelihoods, and aims to improve understanding of their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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IDB Launches Contest to Promote Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB15 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean, which will award up to US$200,000 for projects involving energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the region.

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BASIC Countries Develop Joint Statement, Object to EU Aviation Carbon Tax [viewed]

14 February 2012: The tenth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which ministers indicate their "firm opposition" to the inclusion of international aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS).

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CIF Civil Society Observers Elected [viewed]

14 February 2012: The organization RESOLVE has announced the election of representatives for civil society observers for the period 2012-2014 at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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World Bank Publishes Guide on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management in East Asia [viewed]

World Bank13 February 2012: The World Bank has published a guide on integrated urban flood risk management in East Asia and the Pacific, including specific tools and guidelines, as well as case studies and examples from cities in the region that are especially vulnerable to flooding in the face of long-term climate change trends.

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Seven New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

10 February 2012: Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Ghana, Myanmar, South Sudan and Suriname have joined the UN-REDD Programme as partners and official observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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Event: Workshop on the Process and Requirements of the Accreditation of National Implementing Entities for Direct Access under the Adaptation Fund for the Asian and Eastern European Regions [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF), established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC, is mandated to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. These funds can either be accessed through an accredited multilateral institution, or through an accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE). For an NIE to be accredited, it has to provide evidence for being able to meet the fiduciary standards set up by the AF Board. An entity that meets these standards and in turn becomes an accredited NIE has "direct access" to the resources of the AF. This workshop for the Asian region is the third of a series, as two regional workshops have already been organized by the Secretariat for the African region, and for Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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CIFOR Assesses Indonesian Moratorium on Forest Concessions [viewed]

January 2012: Following the Indonesian Government's declaration in May 2011 of a two-year moratorium on new forest concession licences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper examining the significance of this moratorium on forest governance.

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