Asia

UNIDO and Republic of Korea Cooperate on Technology Transfer Project [viewed]

28 December 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have entered into an agreement to cooperate to facilitate the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies to Cambodia.

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UNECE Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention Tackles Black Carbon [viewed]

22 December 2010: The 28th meeting of the Executive Body of the Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention (LRTAP) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-17 December 2010. Participants discussed the expansion of the scope of the Convention to tackle black carbon, among other items.

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UNECE Supports Finalization of Third Aral Sea Basin Programme [viewed]

17 December 2010: On 15 December 2010, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea reviewed the draft third Aral Sea basin programme for 2011-2015, with support from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project “Regional dialogue and cooperation on water resources management in Central Asia.”

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CGIAR Launches Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

5 December 2010: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) officially launched its initiative on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) on 5 December 2010, during the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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Event: CBD Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, this regional consultation and capacity-building workshop will focus on biodiversity and indigenous and local community aspects of REDD+, including relevant safeguards.  

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Event: New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is organizing an international conference on "New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture." Papers presented at the conference will focus on regional diversities and the technical, financial and institutional environments that will determine their future. Participants will discuss how smallholders will adapt to accommodate a changing global environment. Participation is by invitation.  

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ICRISAT Releases Strategic Plan to 2020 [viewed]

December 2010: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has released its strategic plan to 2020, titled "ICRISAT Strategic Plan to 2020: Inclusive Market-Oriented Development for Smallholder Farmers in the Tropical Drylands."

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Land Use Competition from Biofuel Expansion [viewed]

December 2010: The Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Potential land use competition from first-generation biofuel expansion in developing countries."

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Funding for Two Projects [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board concluded its 12th session in Cancun, Mexico, back-to-back with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. Board members approved funding for projects in Nicaragua and Pakistan, and for five concepts, from the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia and the Maldives, for financing at its next session.

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ASEAN and US Cooperate on Energy Efficiency Regulation [viewed]

15 December 2010: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Energy are supporting energy regulators in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to establish energy efficiency standards and labeling programmes.

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