Asia

Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change.

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UNITAR Teaches Permaculture in Bangladesh [viewed]

Unitar25 September 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized a training on permaculture design for members of 42 communities in the Khulna district of Bangladesh. The course included elements of both climate change mitigation and adaptation, covering such topics as sustainable village design, water management and construction of climate changed-adapted houses.

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BASIC Ministers Prepare for Lima [viewed]

South African Flag10 October 2014: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 19th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: issues relating to the UNFCCC negotiations; matters relating to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); and key topics emerging from the negotiations and informal consultations.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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Event: 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week [viewed]

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

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Event: Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition [viewed]

This expert group meeting on fuel price reform and renewable energy energy transitions, taking place from 29-31 October 2014, is organized by the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshop will specifically focus on fuel pricing reform as a measure necessary for the transition to renewable energy, and complements a UNOSD workshop series on 'Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Transitions'. The workshop also builds on work by the organizing partners to build a network of fuel price regulators, and will benefit policymakers from approximately 20 African and Asian countries. Themes covered are: technical issues associated to energy policy; energy transition and political economy of reforms; and reform lessons and work plan building.  

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Event: REDD+ Academy – Asia [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) are convening the first in a series of REDD+ Academies aimed at training REDD+ decision-makers in issues such as national REDD+ strategies, safeguards and stakeholder engagement. This session will bring together members of the Indonesian Parliament, environmental journalists, and REDD+ future leaders and practitioners from the sixteen UN-REDD partner countries across the region. The Academy will be supported by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be launched in 2015.  

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World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: A study by the World Bank finds evidence of a positive relationship between fuel prices, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth and job creation, and encourages the governments of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cut energy subsidies in order to build dynamic, employment-intensive economies. The study, titled ‘Corrosive Subsidies,' also projects economic growth in the MENA transition countries to be hampered by macroeconomic imbalances and unfinished subsidy reform.

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WMO, Oman Build Cyclone Forecasting/Warning Capacity [viewed]

WMO7 October 2014: The Sultanate of Oman and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sponsored a workshop to improve operational tropical cyclone forecasting and warning, through the provision of training for forecasters using the most current techniques.

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Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation [viewed]

World Bank29 September 2014: The 11th meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC), hosted by the World Bank, discussed the latest research on the economics of water management, focusing on the theme “Efficiency and Water Conservation.”

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