Asia

ADB Funding Hydropower Plant in Lao PDR [viewed]

ADB3 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide approximately US$465 million to support the construction of a 440-megawatt hydropower plant in northern Lao PDR, which will generate an estimated 2,072 gigawatt hours of energy annually for export to neighboring Thailand.

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BASIC Ministers Outline Expectations Ahead of Durban [viewed]

1 November 2011: The ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with a joint statement in which ministers agreed that the Durban Climate Change Conference should achieve a comprehensive, fair and balanced outcome to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Materiality Standard Under the CDM [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions by parties and observer organizations on the materiality standard under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.13).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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UNFCCC Publishes LEG 20 Meeting Report [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2011/11) of the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which includes a summary of the status of preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Protected Areas, Forest Day 5 [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the October edition of its News Update with a selection of stories on: protected area effectiveness; Indonesia's forestry concession ban; interactions between farms and biodiversity; Forest Day 5 at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17 ) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and the Dry Forests Symposium.

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World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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Event: CIF SREP Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) will hold a meeting of its pilot countries, to evaluate progress and discuss tasks ahead. Pilot countries taking part in SREP are: Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Maldives, Mali and Nepal.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Reforestation of Lands with Forest in Exhaustion [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing a synthesis of parties' views on the implications of the inclusion of reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.15).

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