Asia

Guest Article #100: Harnessing Diversity by Connecting People is the Key to Climate Adaptation in Agriculture [viewed]

Climate change is affecting agriculture already in a measurable degree and has serious consequences for global food security and poverty. The roughly 300 million poor people who directly depend on rainfed agriculture for their livelihood are especially vulnerable to climate change. Bioversity International develops new knowledge to face this problem.

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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CDM Executive Board Adopts Revised Standards for CDM Programme of Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2013: At its 74th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted amendments to various standards for the CDM Programme of Activities (PoAs), relating, among other things, to the demonstration of additionality and the use of sampling and surveys in PoAs and stand-alone project activities.

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UNFCCC Publishes Reviews of Individual Annual Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC24 July 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reviews of the individual annual submissions of Finland, Slovenia, Japan and the UK.

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Event: Doha Carbon and Energy Forum 2013 [viewed]

After its first edition in 2010, the second chapter of the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum will also be jointly organized by Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Foundation and ExxonMobil under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser under the directive of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada Minister of Energy & Industry. The conference will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from 11-13 November 2013. DCEF 2013 will seek to reinforce its role as a leading platform for engaging experts in interactive workshop round table discussions of the following topics: carbon capture and storage, climate change, energy efficiency, and solar energy. Consideration of each topical area, during its workshop round table discussions, will examine the topic from the perspectives of research and technology development, industrial development and application, and policy and regulatory framework.  

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CCAC to Fund Clean Cook Stoves, Brick Kilns Clean Ups, and Landfill Emissions Cuts [viewed]

CCAC26 July 2013: In a bid to reduce emissions of short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), the International Working Group of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) committed to funding projects focused on clean cook stoves, cleaning up brick kilns, and cutting landfill emissions. 

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GWP Report Examines Water and Food Security in Asia [viewed]

GWP Global logotype26 July 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Focus Paper, titled 'Water and Food Security – Experiences in India and China,' which identifies as critical the challenges of water and energy for food and agriculture. It stresses the “wicked challenge” posed by the complexity of hydrology, engineering, legal and political systems, sectors, institutions and agronomic elements that drive country outcomes.

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UN APCICT Launches ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth Publication and Toolkit [viewed]

UNESCAP24 July 2013: The UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development (UN-APCICT) of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched two publications as part of its 'Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders,' which address how ICTs can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as green growth.

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IWMI Examines Glacier Systems and Snow Cover in Asian River Basins [viewed]

IWMI logo8 July 2013: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a report, titled 'Glacier Systems and Seasonal Snow Cover in Six Major Asian River Basins: Hydrological Role under Changing Climate.' The report assesses the hydrological role of the meltwater resources in the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Syr Darya, Amu Darya and Mekong river basins.

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Event: Second Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Second Dialogue is organized by the Government of El Salvador, with support from the EU through its EUROCLIMA programme, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and among others. Over 125 participants will attend from 20 Latin American and Caribbean Governments and 15 bilateral and multilateral agencies, civil society organizations and academia, along with international climate finance experts and climate finance experts from Asia-Pacific and Africa. The Second Dialogue is to discuss: climate finance mechanisms and instruments; inter-institutional coordination on climate finance; potential of the private sector for climate finance; and assessing the impact of climate change on public expenditures. The Dialogue will be followed on 31 July by a meeting of the regional coordinators of EUROCLIMA.  

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