Asia

UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project [viewed]

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment Report; and the launch of the World Ocean Assessment website.

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Event: FAO Expert Consultation on Post-Doha Conference of the Parties Implications for Forestry in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is holding an Expert Consultation on Post-Doha Conference of the Parties (COP) Implications for Forestry in Asia-Pacific. The meeting will take place on 5 February 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia.  

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OECD Reports Examine Energy Taxation and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Efforts [viewed]

OECD28 January 2013: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the findings of two new OECD reports: "Taxing Energy Use" and "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013."

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AfDB Hosts Panel on Private Sector Engagement in CIF Operations [viewed]

AfDB16 January 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released a summary of a panel discussion it hosted among representatives from government, international financial institutions, and the private sector on private sector investment in the operations of the Climate Investment Partnership (CIP).

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ADB Releases Report on Investments in Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

ADBJanuary 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and financing, titled “Investing in Resilience: Ensuring a Disaster-Resistant Future.” The report encourages governments and development partners to adopt a coordinated approach to resilience.

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Event: RIMES Training Workshop on Iterative Risk Management for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is organizing a five-day Training Workshop on Iterative Risk Management (IRM) for Climate Change Adaptation. The training aims to build the capacity of participants to design and implement iterative and flexible risk management plans. The training includes two parts: three days of lectures and discussions; and a two-day planning workshop. The lectures include a module each on: risk-based approaches to climate change adaptation; the IRM approach, including the IRM process and its application to development and disaster risk reduction (DRR); and IRM and the policy environment for climate change adaptation. During the planning workshop, participants will design IRM Plans for their organization. RIMES development partners include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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CDM Reaches 6000th Project Milestone [viewed]

UNFCCC30 January 2013: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has reached the 6,000 project milestone, with the registration of the “Phuong Mai 3 Wind Power Project,” a wind power project in Viet Nam expected to reduce 32,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year.

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Indonesia Submits Sustainable Transport NAMA [viewed]

23 January 2013: Indonesia has submitted the "Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative" as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), seeking support for implementation. The initiative seeks to foster sustainable urban transport in Indonesian cities through the adoption of measures to stop the increasing motorization in the country and diminish existing externalities of transportation.

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Mekong River Commission, EU to Collaborate on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

17 January 2013: During the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the EU extended over US$6 million to help the MRC respond to climate change in the Mekong River basin.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Welcomes New Donors and a New Secretariat Head [viewed]

24 January 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) published the latest version of its newsletter highlighting new donor commitments, events at the eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 18), in-country actions and work on safeguards and multiple benefits.

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