Asia

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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Event: International Forum on Enhancing Resilience to Disasters in Latin America [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Local Development Programme and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), with support from Chile's Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning (MINVU), are organizing this Forum to help build an international platform to exchange knowledge and best practices in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and improving the resilience of cities in Latin America. The Forum also will discuss the development of action plans for implementation and local cooperation, using lessons learned from Japan, Chile, and other Latin American countries.  

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme31 July 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the June/July issue of its newsletter, which highlights the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, including the approval of US$4 million for Colombia's national REDD+ programme.

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