Asia

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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ICRAF Annual Report Welcomes a 20-Year Strategy for Agroforestry [viewed]

cgiar-icraf13 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released its 2012-2013 annual report welcoming the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium Research Program 6 'Forests, Trees and Agroforestry' (CRP6), and the associated collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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UN-REDD Releases Symposium Report on REDD+ in the Green Economy [viewed]

REDD and GE symposium report final13 August 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), the Government of Indonesia and other partners, has released the report of the Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy.

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Event: Governor's Climate and Forests Task Force 2013 Annual Meeting [viewed]

The GCF Annual Meeting is an opportunity for information exchange and for member countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the US) and partners to provide updates on their REDD+ activities and achievements. The meeting will also convene a high level policy dialogue on REDD+ issues.  

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UN and Indigenous Peoples Call for Indigenous Perspectives in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii29 August 2013: On International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, indigenous leaders and UN representatives called for indigenous perspectives to be reflected in public decision making, including discussions of the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Bank Promotes Participatory Sustainable Forest Management in Lao PDR [viewed]

world-bank_cif8 August 2013: The World Bank and the Government of Lao PDR have signed a US$31.83 million grant for the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management (SUPSFM) project, which aims to support REDD+ activities through greater community participation in forest management, particularly in the four northern provinces of Xaiyaboury, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay and Bokeo.

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UNDP Identifies Social Inclusion, Climate and Governance as Asia-Pacific's Biggest Challenges [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report outlining results of its work from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the need to continue addressing social inclusion, climate impacts and governance issues. 

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Event: Fourth Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The Fourth Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects in Asia and the Pacific will convene from 4-5 September 2013, in Manila, the Philippines, and is hosted by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Project developers, CDM consultants, and designated national authorities (DNAs) are expected to attend the workshop. A DNA training for Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe will be held immediately prior to the workshop on 2-3 September 2013 at the same venue.  

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Vanuatu Investing in Solar-Powered Seawater Desalination [viewed]

PIFS2 August 2013: The Vanuatu Government has signed a US$4 million financing deal with the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund for a solar-powered saltwater desalination project to service eastern Ambae Island and Aniwa Island.

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CIFOR Database Provides Insights into Forest Carbon Pools [viewed]

CIFOR1 August 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an online portal to share measurements of forest carbon pools globally. At present, the site includes data from 16 locations in seven countries in Asia and Central America.

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