Asia

WTO Establishes First Dispute Settlement Panel on Renewable Energy Subsidies [viewed]

20 July 2011: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Mechanism has established a Panel to arbitrate in the Japan vs. Canada case on measures applied to Canada's renewable energy sector.

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GEF Approves Four REDD+ SFM Projects in New Funding Window for Forests [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approvoved the first four projects to access incentive funds available for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) under the GEF Incentive Mechanism for Forests.

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US, India Discuss Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

19 July 2011: During the second annual meeting of the US-India Strategic Dialogue, the two countries committed to continuing to broaden and deepen their global strategic partnership, including efforts to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy that will drive investment, job creation, and economic growth throughout the 21st century.

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ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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Event: International Carbon Capture and Storage Conference [viewed]

This Conference will asses the global status of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) development and ongoing challenges and opportunities and discuss how to promote CCS projects in developing countries. It will also address key challenges and barriers, as well as capture experiences and lessons learned from large-scale CCS projects. Rajendra Pachauri will be the keynote speaker. There will be other distinguished speakers from NDRC, IEA, Global CCS Institute, ADB, and World Bank.  

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ADB Supports Biomass Waste Project for Clean Energy [viewed]

11 July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a project for regional technical assistance that will assist the Greater Mekong Subregion to increase the efficient use of biomass waste in agriculture to meet the need for clean energy and food security of poor rural communities.

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REEEP Southeast Asia and the Pacific Newsletter Highlights E4All Network [viewed]

July 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has published the July issue of its Southeast Asia and the Pacific Newsletter, with news on renewable energy policy and project developments, financing, energy for all, and upcoming events in the region.

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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UNESCO, Japan Launch Project on Flood Forecasting in Pakistan [viewed]

11 July 2011: In cooperation with the Government of Japan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a project aimed at upgrading the flood forecasting and early warning systems of Pakistan, and to conduct risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River.

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