Asia

UNISDR Reports on Decreasing Flood Mortality, Increasing Economic Losses in Asia [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)'s early assessment of disaster trends across Asia for 2012 shows that flood event mortality has declined, but economic losses remained significant. Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world, with 36% of worldwide reported disasters occurring there from 2000-2011.

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ADB E-Trike Project to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB11 December 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a US$300 million loan for a project to replace 100,000 gasoline-burning tricycles with clean, energy efficient electric tricycles, or E-Trikes, in the Philippines. The E-Trike project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution, avoid fuel costs and reduce oil dependency, and increase jobs and driver income.

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FAO's Infosylva Focuses on Forest Day 6 [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a special edition of Infosylva on the occasion of the conclusion of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The newsletter focuses on the outcomes of Forest Day 6, held on 2 November 2012, on the margins of COP 18. 

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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WFP, UN-HABITAT Partner to Increase Urban Climate Resilience in the Philippines [viewed]

6 December 2012: The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) have partnered to carry out the “Philippine Cities and Climate Change Adaptation” initiative, which aims to increase resilience to climate change in four Filipino cities.

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UN-REDD Announces Norway's Support to Viet Nam's REDD Programme [viewed]

5 December 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has announced the contribution by Norway of US$30 million to support the second phase of the UN-REDD National Programme in Viet Nam.

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EEA, OSCE Brochure Promotes Scenario Building for Assessing Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

28 November 2012: The Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have published a brochure, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues," which summarizes the findings of a project to assess the security implications of climate change in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

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IUCN, Global Gender and Climate Alliance Launch Report on Gender and Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2012: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) launched a publication, titled “The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making,” on the sidelines of the Doha Climate Change Conference. The publication showcases actions by women addressing mitigation or adaptation in 11 developing countries or regions. 

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Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs [viewed]

6 December 2012: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) at a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The CCAC aims to catalyze action on reducing black carbon, methane, certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to maximize agricultural, climate, energy and health benefits.

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UNFCCC, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Initiative on Women and Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat and the Rockefeller Foundation launched a new initiative, titled “Momentum for Change: Women for Results,” on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The Initiative aims to showcase the role of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

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