Asia

World Bank Highlights Water-Related Disasters in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank21 March 2014: The World Bank has released a report, titled ‘Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): A Regional Overview,' which highlights disaster risk management (DRM) and the World Bank's response in the region. The report identifies urbanization and associated increased flood risk, water scarcity and impacts of climate change as the main challenges facing the region.

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IEA Publishes 2050 Roadmap for Energy Storage [viewed]

IEA19 March 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a study, titled 'Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage,' which aims to promote understanding of the applications, functions and costs of energy storage technologies, and identify the most important actions needed for their development and deployment in light of global climate and energy goals.

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Event: FCPF Carbon Fund Ninth Meeting (CF9) [viewed]

The meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund will review funding proposals from Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and the Republic of the Congo. The meeting will also consider General Conditions of a future Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) and review the Pricing Approach.  

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ICRISAT Examines Climate Adaptation for Agriculture in Asia [viewed]

ICRISAT18 March 2014: A paper by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), reports key findings on the adoption of climate change adaptation practices by farmers in 26 study villages in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Submissions from LDCs, AILAC and New Zealand [viewed]

UNFCCC17 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Nepal, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), New Zealand, and the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the work of the ADP at its June session and going forward toward a 2015 climate agreement.

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Guest Article #104: RIMES' Commitment to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Regional and global assessments of climate change have revealed a trend of higher frequency of extreme climate and weather events. Since 2000, about 2.7 billion people in Asia and East Africa alone have been exposed to climatological and hydro-meteorological hazards (EMDAT).

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OECD Workshop Shares National Experiences on Green Growth [viewed]

OECD20 February 2014: Participants shared regional and national examples of good practice on green growth at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Workshop on ‘Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy.' Participants emphasized the need to understand the economic rationale behind existing green business initiatives and the possibility to 'green' existing jobs, as opposed to creating more green jobs.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Adaptation of Agriculture Sector [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a report on an in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on means of enhancing the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts, while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security, particularly in developing countries.

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UNITAR, Switzerland Renew Implementation of UN CC:Learn [viewed]

UN CClearn6 March 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have agreed to a new, three-year phase of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn). The agreement was signed by Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR, which serves as UN CC:Learn's Secretariat, and the Swiss Government, which provides funding for the Partnership.

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Bloomberg and CEM Review 2013 Clean Energy Policy and Markets [viewed]

Clean Energy Solutions Center25 February 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Clean Energy Solutions Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published their latest bi-annual briefing, summarizing investment, regulatory, and other developments in clean energy. The issue highlights that, while costs of renewables reduced in 2013, so did investment.

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