Asia

Event: International Banana Symposium [viewed]

Scientific experts, researchers, government agencies and private industries working on banana issues will gather for an international banana symposium co-organized by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI), Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan, Bioversity International and the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET). The symposium's theme will be “Banana health management, use diversification and adaptation to climate change.” Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2012.  

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EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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ADB Finances Road Project with Climate Benefits in India [viewed]

ADB20 September 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced plans to lend an additional $300 million to the Government of India to upgrade a further 254 kilometers of state highways in Bihar, India. As well as upgrading the highway, the ADB will is funding the offset carbon emissions through tree planting.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Announces New Policy Board Observers [viewed]

UN-REDD19 September 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, highlighting in-country progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Nigeria, Zambia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

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UNCCD and Xinhua News Agency to Spread Land Restoration News [viewed]

18 September 2012: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Li Congjun, President Xinhua News Agency, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to spread news regarding land restoration globally.

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CIFOR Announces Piloting of New REDD+ Safeguards System in Indonesia [viewed]

14 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has reported that the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan will start piloting a new safeguard information system (SIS) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) in December 2012.

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Clean Technology Fund Supports Smart Grid Technologies in Viet Nam [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank has approved funding to improve electricity provision services and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Viet Nam, and through a Clean Technology Fund loan, added US$30 million to support the implementation of smart grid electricity distribution technologies.

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IAEA Newsletter Highlights Isotope Hydrology Projects [viewed]

September 2012: The September edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Isotope Hydrology Section newsletter features articles on, inter alia: the IAEA water availability enhancement project (IWAVE); new approaches to interpreting precipitation stable isotope ratio variation; and projects in the Central African Republic and Colombia.

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IEA Head Inaugurates Rural Solar Power Plants in India [viewed]

IEA13 September 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, recently inaugurated two solar-power plants in the mountainous Ladakh region of India as part of the village electrification component of the country's push for renewable energy.

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IFPRI Produces Water Management Mapping Tool for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia [viewed]

23 August 2012: In an effort to help policy makers identify how to invest in smallholder agricultural water technologies, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has developed a web-based, decision-making mapping tool.

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