Asia

FAO's Unasylva Focuses on Forest Issues after Rio+20 [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 volume of Unasylva on the theme "The power of forests." The report highlights outputs from the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment and examines forest issues in the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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REEEP Supports 28 Low-carbon Projects in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 January 2013: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) will fund 28 new low-carbon projects aiming to scale up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and selected developing countries in Africa and Asia. 

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ADB Funds Hydropower and Water Transport System Project in China [viewed]

ADB10 December 2012: China will be receiving a US$150 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to improve the water transport system on the Xiang River in Hunan province and expand hydropower generation.

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World Bank-Supported Event Encourages Youth to Consider Green South Asia [viewed]

World Bank24 December 2012: Supported by the World Bank, the 9th annual South Asia Economic Students Meet (SAESM), held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 18-22 December 2012, provided a cross-cultural platform for future Asian leaders to exchange innovative ideas on environmental challenges. Under the theme "Towards a Green South Asia," the goal was to engage youth from rising South Asian economies on environmental solutions, while encouraging regional cooperation.

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Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Plan of Action on Space Technology for DRR and Sustainable Development [viewed]

20 December 2012: Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a five-year regional plan of action for cooperation and capacity building in the use of space technology for disaster risk management and sustainable development. 

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UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Training in Indonesia [viewed]

26 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that its Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities on the island. 

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Event: IPCC 37 [viewed]

The 37th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 37) will consider for approval two methodology reports: the "2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands”; and the good practice guidance on estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol.  

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Event: CTI PFAN Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) [viewed]

The Climate Technology Initiative's Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) will provide an opportunity for leading clean energy entrepreneurs and investors in Asia, as well as fund managers, to come together. The Forum, which includes a business plan competition, will showcase some of the most promising clean energy projects and technologies and identify investment opportunities in Asia.  

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Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-grid Solar Lighting Products [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced the laureates of the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards, which recognizes sustainable off-grid solar lighting products for people without access to electricity in developing countries.

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IEA Predicts Coal to Nearly Overtake Oil as Top Energy Source by 2017 [viewed]

IEA17 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) newly released Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) predicts that coal will come close to overtaking oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. The report expects rising coal use in every region of the world, except the United States, where cheap and abundant shale gas is displacing coal.

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