Asia

ADB Releases Country Environmental Analysis on China, Recommends Fiscal Reform for Green Growth [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an updated Country Environmental Analysis of China, titled “Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Future.” The 225-page report details the environmental achievements of China over the last five years, and current challenges including water pollution, water scarcity, and solid waste.

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ADB Supports China's CCS Roadmap [viewed]

ADB14 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is assisting China in developing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) roadmap. The roadmap is intended to assist the country in achieving its carbon dioxide emission reduction goals.   

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Voting Open for Civil Society Representatives to UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

13 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) is inviting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to vote on eligible nominees to serve as CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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GEF Supports Renewable Energy Power Project in India [viewed]

GEF8 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support a new solar technology project in India to tap its extensive solar energy potential using concentrating solar heat (CSH) technology systems. 

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UNEP TNA Releases Reports on Mitigation and Adaptation in Thailand [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project has released two TNAs on adaptation and mitigation respectively. The reports are intended to provide the Government of Thailand with an effective tool to track its need for new equipment, techniques, services, capacities and skills for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Event: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Participants are expected to agree a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

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IFC and Partners to Establish Low Carbon Green Zone in Garment Factories in Bangladesh [viewed]

6 August 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority and the Government of the Republic of Korea to establish a Low Carbon Green Zone in the Chittagong Export Processing area in Bangladesh.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia [viewed]

The ECWs bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia are: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.  

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Event: International Conference on Cryosphere: Changes, Impacts and Adaptation [viewed]

This conference will examine the current state of cryospheric research and will also provide a forum to discuss ongoing research efforts and international cooperation, to explore future research projects and to define a general strategy for cryosphere studies and management. The cryosphere is that part of the Earth System consisting of all snow, ice and frozen ground on and beneath the surface of the Earth and ocean. It includes ice sheets, glaciers, ice caps, icebergs, sea ice, snow cover, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as lake- and river-ice. The cryosphere is a sensitive component of the climate system, and provides key indicators of climate change. The conference is organized by the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences (SKLCS), CAREERI, CAS; Key Laboratory of Tibetan Environmental Change and Land Surface Processes; and the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS). It is co-sponsored by, inter alia, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO.  

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UNDP Launches Small Hydropower Project in Tajikistan [viewed]

UNDP9 August 2012: The Energy and Environment Programme of the UN Development Program (UNDP) has launched the “Technology Transfer and Market Development for Small Hydropower in Tajikistan” project, which aims to accelerate small-scale hydropower (SHP) generation through capacity building, supportive legal and regulatory frameworks and sustainable delivery models.

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