Asia

Japan to Hold Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the Government of Japan will host two meetings related to disasters, including an international conference to share lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake in late 2013, and the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in 2012.

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UN Viet Nam Marks UN Day [viewed]

8 November 2011: UN Greening the Blue has announced that the UN office in Viet Nam hosted a green picnic, for staff, family and friends, to mark UN Day on 24 October 2011. The event aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues through green booths and quizzes. 

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EBRD Joins Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has joined the World Bank and partners in the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) to evaluate the reasons why governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan are not utilizing associated gas.

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Support Climate Resilience of Coastal Sri Lankan Cities [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the University of Moratuwa, the Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and the Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), has launched a project titled "Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal Urban Areas, Sri Lanka (CCSL)" aimed at enhancing the resilience to climate change of coastal Sri Lankan cities through disaster risk management.

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UNDP Bulletin Highlights AusAID Support to Pacific Islands Adaptation Initiatives [viewed]

UNDP30 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the seventh issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, which reports on the announcement by the Government of Australia to contribute Aus$7.35 million to finance the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Initiative, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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ASB Brief Examines Co-existence of People and Orangutan in Sumatra [viewed]

8 November 2011: The ASB Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) has produced a policy brief titled “Co-existence of people and orangutan in Sumatra: Stabilising gradients for landscape multifunctionality,” which examines the role of forest-agroforest-agricultural landscapes in orangutan habitat in Sumatra.

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EBRD and GGRF to Combat Gas Flaring in the Russian Federation and Central Asia [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) will help governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan introduce energy efficiency measures and environmental standards in oil and gas operations.

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CIF Meeting Approves Support to Eight Countries to Address Climate Change [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$1.08 billion in near-zero-interest loans and grants to support Bolivia, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lao PDR, Mali, Mexico and Nepal in their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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ADB Supports New Green Businesses in Coral Triangle Communities [viewed]

ADB3 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will assist coastal communities in remote areas of the Coral Triangle of Indonesia and the Philippines in starting small, green businesses that will help preserve threatened marine environments in the area.

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ADB Supports Cambodia's Floods Recovery [viewed]

ADB3 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing emergency humanitarian assistance of $3 million to the Cambodian Government for recovery efforts from recent floods. The grant from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund will be used to supply rice seed to rural households, along with food and cash-for-work schemes for the repair of flood-damaged roads and support for temporary repairs to irrigation canals.

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