Asia

UNDP Human Development Report for Bhutan Highlights Climate Change Threats [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third National Human Development Report for Bhutan, titled “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge.” The report notes that climate change is threatening the economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and that building resilience is crucial to safeguard the livelihoods of about a quarter of the Bhutanese population who depend on subsistence farming and natural resources.

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Pakistan, WMO Strengthen Flood Forecasting Services [viewed]

31 August 2011: The Pakistan Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have worked together over the 2010-2011 period on Pakistan's Integrated Flood Management Plan, following the flood disaster of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and caused almost 2,000 deaths.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights National Activities and Progress [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter30 August 2011: The UN-REDD's August Newsletter reviews several national-level and global-level activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The Newsletter states that Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Paraguay and Solomon Islands have begun the implementation phase of their National REDD Programmes, while Nigeria has begun its REDD+ readiness phase with activities including setting safeguards and inventorying national greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN/ISDR Releases Climate Change Adaptation and DRR Report in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

23 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled “At the Crossroads Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific.”

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GEF SGP Launches Fifth Operational Phase in Asia [viewed]

21 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a six-day regional workshop with coordinators from Asia, to provide training and guidance on the vision and strategy of the programme, results-based management framework and GEF's visibility policy for the next four years.

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ADB Finances Solar Thermal Technology Project in China [viewed]

19 August 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million loan to boost energy efficiency in Shandong province in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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UNFCCC Publishes Fast-start Finance Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC15 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/CP/2011/INF.1) on information from developed country parties on the resources provided to fulfil the commitment referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 95 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (Finance)).

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CCCCC Update Focuses on Preparations for Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

CCCCC10 August 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the July/August issue of its Climate news update, highlighting concerns ahead of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the cap of Chinese energy consumption and other regional news.

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ICRISAT Meeting Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture [viewed]

16 August 2011: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with JSW-Time India Earth Care Initiatives 2011, organized a Roundtable on Climate Change and Rainfed Farming Systems that focused on providing sustainable and science-based solutions and pro-poor approaches to climate change adaptation.

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Mayor's Summit on DRR Adopts Chengdu Declaration of Action [viewed]

16 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 38 parliamentarians from 33 countries have adopted the Chengdu Declaration of Action, a five-point strategy addressing natural resource and environmental management, climate change and disaster risks.

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