Asia

UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambition on Climate and Post-2015 Development [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon23 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to show ambition in the "twin processes" of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discussions toward the post-2015 development agenda.

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Japan Launches Joint Crediting Mechanism [viewed]

Japan Flag22 August 2013: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that the Government of Japan has developed the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), an initiative aimed at facilitating the diffusion of advanced low carbon technologies, products, systems, services and infrastructures.

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High-Level Conference Highlights Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development [viewed]

hicwc21 August 2013: The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (HLICWC) took place from 20-21 August 2013, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in support of the objectives of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on 'Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013,' (A/67/204) and to promote increased water cooperation by stakeholders at all levels.

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World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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Farmers Face Challenges Adopting Climate-Smart Approaches [viewed]

FAO14 August 2013: A three-year project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released preliminary findings on the constraints preventing farmers in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia from adopting agricultural approaches that further local adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

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Bioversity International and ICAR to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

Bioversity International13 August 2013: In a five year agreement focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016, Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have agreed to collaborate on biodiversity use and conservation, technical assistance, publications, outreach and training, as well as support for the exchange of plant genetic resources.

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CIF Funding for Efficient Ceiling Fans in India Facing Challenging Market [viewed]

Climate Investment Funds2 August 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has posted an article outlining funding-access, and consumer willingness to pay, challenges facing a CIF-funded project aiming to introduce super-efficient ceiling fans in India.

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CCAFS Workshop Develops Evaluation Methods for Climate-Information Services [viewed]

CCAFSAugust 2013: To provide assistance to better understand the impacts of agro-meteorological service information on farmer livelihood, a dozen experts gathered in Kaffrine, Senegal, to develop a methodology to evaluate climate services for farmers in Africa and South Asia. The methodology aimed to be: gender-responsive; quantitative; community-based and context specific; iterative; and scalable.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Project Proposal in Mali, Invites Comments on Environmental and Social Policy [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 August 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report of its 21st meeting, which was held back-to-back with the 12th meetings of the AFB's Project and Programme Review Committee and the Ethics and of the Finance Committee. 

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SIDS DOCK Meeting Discusses Energy Issues for AIMS [viewed]

sidsdock1 August 2013: The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK project held its first meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea (AIMS) region, the final meeting in a series of regional SIDS DOCK meetings. The meeting agreed upon and finalized discussions on programmatic and operational issues including climate, energy and water and financing mechanisms in SIDS.

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