Asia

UNFCCC's Momentum for Change 2012 Report Focuses on the Urban Poor [viewed]

UNFCCC9 July 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the 2012 report on the Momentum for Change Initiative. The report features nine experiences that address climate change while improving livelihoods and living conditions in developing countries' urban areas.

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Adaptation Fund Board Supports Capacity Building for National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 July 2013: At its 21st meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) requested the Secretariat to develop a readiness programme to assist national and regional implementing entities, in an effort to strengthen the quality of design and implementation of projects.

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DESA Guidebook Reviews Green Economy Initiatives [viewed]

UNDESAJune 2013: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Development (DESA) has published the fourth guidebook in its series on the green economy. 'Issue 4: A guide to international green economy initiatives' provides background on international cooperation on green economy, reviews international green economy initiatives and includes a resource guide to green economy initiatives. 

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CIFOR to Assess Reforestation Efforts in China [viewed]

CIFOR28 June 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has partnered with the China National Forestry Economics and Development Research Center (FEDRC) to launch a forest research programme in China, which will improve the monitoring and evaluation of the ‘Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program' (CCFP) or ‘Grain for Green.'

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Event: Asia and the Pacific Regional Workshop on NAMAs [viewed]

The Regional Workshop on Promoting International Collaboration to Facilitate Preparation, Submission and Implementation of NAMAs will be held from 13-15 August 2013, in Singapore. The meeting will aim at facilitating the preparation, submission and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Asia.  

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Global Network of River Basins Workshop Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE3 July 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted the fourth workshop on water and climate change in transboundary river basins, which also served as the first meeting of the global network of river basins on climate change adaptation.

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Assesses Emission Reduction Opportunities in 15 ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP RISO Centre11 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released a compilation report assessing the status of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) development, capacity building and opportunities in 15 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The report aims to inform decisions on policy making and project development to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the assessed countries and beyond.

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for Asian LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop will provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 19 August, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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ADB Offers Guidance on Urban Water Infrastructure Climate Resilience in China [viewed]

ADBJune 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a guidance publication, titled 'Increasing Climate Resilience of Urban Water Infrastructure,' based on a case study from Wuhan City, China. The guidance focuses on answering questions faced by city planners and managers, including: what changes might be caused by climate change?; how will these affect services and utilities?; and what can we do now to prepare for them?

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