Asia

IRENA Launches REmap 2030 Country Report on China [viewed]

IRENA24 November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the first country report in its REmap 2030 series. Focusing on China, the study concludes that the country could expand its renewable energy consumption share of total energy from 13% to 26% by 2030, thus becoming the world's largest renewable energy user.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather [viewed]

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping [viewed]

sprep-imo-amsa21 November 2014: A regional workshop on regulations relating to the prevention of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping sought to encourage more Pacific island countries to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Currently eight Pacific countries are parties to MARPOL, according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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ICCG Best Climate Practices Winners Announced [viewed]

ICCG11 November 2014: The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has announced the 2014 Best Climate Practices Contest winners. Under this year's theme, ‘Energy Poverty Reduction,' a range of projects was submitted addressing the challenges of climate change and energy poverty. The awards were announced in two categories: the Experts' Choice Award and the Users' Choice Award.

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Event: 21st Meeting of the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA-21) [viewed]

TGICA-21 will continue its work in facilitating the distribution and application of climate change-related data and scenarios. TGICA was established in 1996 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is as an advisory body composed of individuals nominated by governments and accredited organizations, selected to serve on the basis of their personal expertise. Members serve on a voluntary basis.  

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative [viewed]

Mountain Partnership21 November 2014: Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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Maldives Implementing Low-Carbon Development Strategy [viewed]

unepdtu17 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has formulated a Low Carbon Development Strategy for the Maldives' Ministry of Energy and Environment, which will support the country in fulfilling its pledge to be carbon-neutral, as announced under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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CIFOR Examines Social Safeguards in REDD+ [viewed]

CIFOR18 November 2014: A study conducted by researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) demonstrates the importance of urgent action to address the social aspects of REDD+. The study covers Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania, and focuses on social safeguards, which are expected to be a topic of discussion at the upcoming UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima, Peru.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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