Asia

Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (Asian Workshop) [viewed]

Asian government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will participate in this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The regional workshop will convene in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop will offer a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. It is one in a series of training programs aimed at building REDD+ capacity for decision makers and other stakeholders in developing countries. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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World Bank Approves Hydropower Loan for Viet Nam [viewed]

26 April 2011: The World Bank approved a US$330 million loan for Viet Nam to support a 260 Megawatts multipurpose hydropower project that will help meet growing domestic demand for electricity, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and bring flood control and irrigation benefits to rural and poor communities in Thanh Hoa province.

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Event: Regional Conference on Renewable Energy Development in the Countries of Central Asia and CIS [viewed]

This Conference will review the results and lessons learned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) project on the development of a wind power market in Kazakhstan, including development of a legal framework and state regulation of renewable energy, development of local capacity while implementing wind parks projects, support in developing first projects, results achieved, experience and lessons learned during project implementation. Participants will have an opportunity to share views and experience in the development of renewable energy in Central Asia, and to develop recommendations on policies and cooperation in the field of renewables. The conference is organized by the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, the Ministry of Environment, the Kazakhstan Electricity Association (KEA) and UNDP Kazakhstan.  

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Event: Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting [viewed]

The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, to review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan issued at TICAD IV in 2008, and discuss the future of the TICAD process and progress towards achieveing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa. The conference is organized by the Government of Japan, the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), and is expected to gather Ministers and delegations of African countries along with representatives of other partner countries, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.  

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UNDP Administrator Visits REDD+ Pilot Site in Indonesia [viewed]

UNDP28 April 2011: During an official visit in Indonesia, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark visited peat swamp areas in Central Kalimantan and met with local officials to discuss their plans for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) pilot initiatives.

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Adaptation Fund Board Invites Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

26 April 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has posted 13 project proposals on its website for comment from civil society. The proposals come from Argentina, Djibouti, Fiji, Guatemala, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania and Turkmenistan.

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CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Appeals Against CDM Executive Board Decisions [viewed]

21 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.2) from parties, intergovernmental organizations and admitted observer organizations, regarding their views on procedures and institutional arrangements under the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) to allow for appeals against the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) decisions based on decision 2/CMP.5, paragraph 42, taking into account the recommendations of the Executive Board contained in annex II to its annual report.

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GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a community-based natural resource management and mangrove conservation project in the Godavari River Estuary, India.

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IMO, Republic of Korea to Build Capacities to Mitigate GHG from Ships [viewed]

21 April 2011: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) have signed a cooperation agreement for the implementation of a technical cooperation project on building capacities in east Asian countries to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.

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