Asia

World Bank Supports Improved Capacity in Hydropower Plant in Indonesia [viewed]

27 May 2011: The World Bank approved a US$640 million loan to build a pumped storage system in Indonesia's Upper Cisokan Pumped Storage Hydropower project, to allow the power plant to supply electricity in peak season.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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UNDP Supports Hydropower in Tajikistan [viewed]

UNDP25 May 2011: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has visited a hydropower plant that supplies clean energy to a rural community nearby Dushanble, Tajikistan's capital. UNDP partnered with local communities to repair the mini hydropower plant and install new turbo-generator units, with the aim of contributing to poverty alleviation and raising the living standards in the village.

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FAO Invites Comments on Guidelines for Forest Policymakers [viewed]

25 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a zero draft of the "Climate Change for Forest Policy Makers- An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management," and is calling for comments on the draft by 20 June 2011.

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Event: G8 Deauville Summit [viewed]

The G8, an informal group of advanced economies (France, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government. The 2011 Summit will include a working session titled "nuclear safety - climate change."  

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ADB Invests in Climate Change Technology Venture Capital Funds [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is investing $60 million to set up three climate change venture capital funds, primarily engaged in markets in China and India.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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FAO Releases Tool on Bioenergy and Food Security [viewed]

17 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has finalized its “Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Analytical Framework,” which aims to assist policymakers in evaluating the potential of bioenergy and its possible food security impacts. 

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UNDP Asia and Pacific Director Calls for Building LDCs' Resilience [viewed]

UNDP17 May 2011: In a op-ed published originally in the South China Morning Post, Ajay Chibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, underscores the need to support the least developed countries (LDCs) in building their resilience and reducing their vulnerability to external shocks, including natural disasters and man-made crises.

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EBRD Supports Energy-Efficient Railways in Kazakhstan [viewed]

17 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kazakhstan's railway authorities to promote an energy efficient railway network.

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