Asia

17th Katoomba Meeting Discusses Payments for Ecosystem Services [viewed]

24 June  2010: The Katoomba Group, an international network of individuals working to promote and improve capacity related to markets and payments for ecosystem services (PES), held its 17th meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 23-24 June 2010.

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World Bank Supports India's Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project [viewed]

22 June 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$255 million assistance loan for a project to assist India in mitigating the risks and vulnerability of its people to natural disasters, especially cyclones.

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ADB Releases Report on Ho Chi Minh City's Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

1 June 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Ho Chi Minh City Adaptation to Climate Change," which aims to assist Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) People's Committee in adapting to and coping with climate change and variability.

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UNDP and Bangladesh Fight Environmental Degradation to Reduce Poverty [viewed]

UNDP21 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Bangladesh are supporting the island of St. Martin's to develop strategies that offset or avoid biodiversity loss while promoting poverty reduction.

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UNDP Releases Report on Energy Access in Nepal [viewed]

22 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled “Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes.”

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Indonesia Places Moratorium on Forest and Peatland Conversion [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Government of Indonesia has announced that it will place a two-year moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peatlands. Beginning in 2011, no new conversion permits will be issued, although permits issued before 2011 will not be affected.

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IEA Releases Paper on Renewables in Southeast Asia [viewed]

21 June 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a working paper titled "Renewables in Southeast Asian Countries: Trends and Potentials."

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APEC Energy Ministers Focus on Low-Carbon Energy Security [viewed]

19 June 2010: The ninth meeting of the Energy Ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convened in Fukui, Japan, on 19 June 2010, under the theme "Low Carbon Paths to Energy Security: Cooperative Energy Solutions for a Sustainable APEC," and agreed to improve energy efficiency and increase the clean energy supply in the APEC region.

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UNIDO Highlights Technology's Role in Energy Efficiency and Mitigation [viewed]

16 June 2010: In statements made during his three-day official visit to Japan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, highlighted technology transfer as a key element of global energy efficiency and climate change mitigation efforts, and underlined Japan's potential role in this respect.

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Meeting of LDCs and AOSIS Climate Negotiators to be Convened [viewed]

15 June 2010: The EU has provided US$1.1 million to the Solomon Islands Government to host an international meeting of 200 climate change negotiators from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to discuss key climate change issues ahead of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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