Asia

UNESCO Releases April-June Edition of Voices Newsletter [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the April-June edition of its newsletter Voices, which reports on UNESCO's activities in the Asia Pacific region, and features articles on science education and research in the Maldives, the environmental and health impacts of livestock production, and media workshops on coverage of environmental issues and the impact of climate change.

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CIFOR Releases Annual Report [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its annual report, titled "Focus on Forests: Time to Act," which includes eight stories outlining CIFOR's global work.

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ICRAF Releases Paper on MRV of Agricultural NAMAs [viewed]

31 May 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a working paper titled "Agricultural Monitoring and Evaluation Systems: What can we learn for the MRV of agricultural NAMAs?" The paper describes an existing monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for a large scale grass cultivation programme in China and explores attributes of the MRV system that are consistent with the principles for credible MRV in existing UNFCCC mechanisms.

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CIFOR's Newsletter Highlights REDD+ Workshops [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the May issue of its News Update, which includes information on recent workshops on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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BASIC Ministers Discuss Preparations for Durban [viewed]

29 May 2011: The seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change took place in Zimbali, South Africa, from 28-29 May 2011, and was attended by ministers from South Africa, China, Brazil, India, China, and Argentina as chair of the G77, as well as the incoming Climate Change Conference President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Ministers discussed the work required to achieve a comprehensive and balanced outcome at the Durban Climate Change Conference in December 2011 to complete the mandate of the Bali Road Map.

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EU-Japan Summit Focuses on Climate Change, Green Growth and Energy [viewed]

28 May 2011: President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan reaffirmed the close partnership between the EU and Japan and discussed climate change, green growth and energy at the 20th EU-Japan Summit.

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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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