Asia

G8 Identifies Climate Change as one of the Foremost Challenges for the Future [viewed]

lough-erne18 June 2013: "We remain strongly committed to addressing the urgent need to reduce GHG emissions significantly by 2020 (..) with a view to doing our part to limit effectively the increase in global temperature below 2ºC," reads the communiqué released by the leaders from the group of eight industrialized countries (G8). The leaders further identify climate change as one of the foremost challenges for future welfare and economic prosperity.

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44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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LDC Fund, Special Climate Change Fund Receive $198 Million in New Pledges [viewed]

20gef44 June 2013: The 14th meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council adopted decisions on, inter alia: the joint work program for the LDCF/SCCF; and the administrative budgets of the Funds. The Funds were bolstered by additional pledges, amounting to US$129 million for the LDCF and US$69.2 million for the SCCF.

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Indonesia Releases Score on Forest Governance [viewed]

unredd fao undp25 June 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has launched the English version of the report of the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in Indonesia. The document, titled '2012 Indonesia Forest, Land and REDD+ Governance Index,' is the first of four PGA reports expected from REDD+ partner countries that also include Ecuador, Nigeria and Viet Nam.

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World Bank Outlines Benefits of Climate Action [viewed]

World Bank25 June 2013: Noting that the world is heading towards an increase in average temperature of 4° Celsius by the end of the century, a World Bank report titled 'Growing Green: The Economic Benefits of Climate Action' highlights three strategic areas of investment – energy efficiency, cleaner energy and improved natural resource management – to promote green growth and climate change resilience, particularly in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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World Bank Increases Resilience of Coastal Population in Bangladesh [viewed]

world-bank_cif26 June 2013: The World Bank is providing $400 million to increase the resilience of coastal population to tidal flooding and natural disasters in Bangladesh. This funding will benefit 8.5 million people and is expected to improve agriculture development, employment and food security in the country.

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ADB Offers Guidance on Urban Water Infrastructure Climate Resilience in China [viewed]

ADBJune 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a guidance publication, titled 'Increasing Climate Resilience of Urban Water Infrastructure,' based on a case study from Wuhan City, China. The guidance focuses on answering questions faced by city planners and managers, including: what changes might be caused by climate change?; how will these affect services and utilities?; and what can we do now to prepare for them?

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for Asian LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop will provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 19 August, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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