Asia

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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Japan and Arab States
Adopt Tunis Declaration [viewed]

12 December 2010: The second meeting of the Japan-Arab Economic Forum was held in Tunis, Tunisia, on 11 December 2010, on the basis of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan and the League of Arab States.

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UNECE, WHO Organize Symposium on Green Investment in Transport [viewed]

13 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Europe organized a symposium on “Green and health-friendly investment and jobs in transport,” in the framework of The Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP).

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APEC Releases Report on Sustainable Biofuel Development [viewed]

9 December 2010: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has announced the publication of the report “Sustainable Biofuel Development Policies, Programs, and Practices in APEC Economies.”

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OECD Paper Assesses Adaptation Options Related to Flood Risks [viewed]

November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a paper in its OECD Environmental Working Papers series titled “Flood Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Benefits in Mumbai: An Initial Assessment of Socio-Economic Consequences of Present and Climate Change Induced Flood Risks and of Possible Adaptation Options.”

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EIB Grants Climate Mitigation Loan to China [viewed]

3 December 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a 500 million euro loan to China to fund projects supporting climate change mitigation.

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UNECE, EDB Conclude MoU [viewed]

30 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to re-confirm their commitment to cooperate in promoting regional economic integration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Eurasian region.

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Japan, Bangladesh Discuss Stronger Partnership [viewed]

29 November 2010: At a meeting held in Japan on 29 November 2010, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan agreed on a joint statement for a stronger partnership towards peace and prosperity in the international community and the South Asian Region, including on climate change and disaster preparedness.

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