Asia

G8 Identifies Climate Change as one of the Foremost Challenges for the Future [viewed]

lough-erne18 June 2013: "We remain strongly committed to addressing the urgent need to reduce GHG emissions significantly by 2020 (..) with a view to doing our part to limit effectively the increase in global temperature below 2ºC," reads the communiqué released by the leaders from the group of eight industrialized countries (G8). The leaders further identify climate change as one of the foremost challenges for future welfare and economic prosperity.

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Oman to Host Ministerial Conference on Water and the ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR17 June 2013: As announced by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), Oman will host a Ministerial Conference on water and the ITPGR on 21 September 2013, immediately prior the fifth session of the ITPGR Governing Body (GB). ITPGR GB 5 is scheduled to take place from 24-28 September 2013, in Muscat, Oman.

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WMO Formulates Recommendations to Support Risk Assessment [viewed]

WMO15 June 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) organized the First Technical Workshop on Support to Risk Assessment, where representatives from countries and organizations, as well as experts, met to explore needs for hazard information to conduct risk assessment and analysis. Participants discussed recommendations that could contribute to enhance preparedness for disasters.

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ICRAF, IFAD Consider Biofuel Development [viewed]

ifad icraf5 June 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reported on an event held to demonstrate the potential contribution of biofuels to sustainable development. In particular, ICRAF emphasized that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are to be met, approximately 26% of transport will need to be powered by biofuels by 2050.

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World Bank Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Africa, Asia and the Coastal Poor [viewed]

World Bank19 June 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience,' which looks at the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultural production, water resources, coastal ecosystems and cities across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

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OECD Publication Highlights Household Environmental Attitudes [viewed]

OECD5 June 2013: An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, titled "Greening Household Behaviour" and published as part of the OECD series on Environmental Policy and Individual Choice (EPIC), highlights household environmental attitudes in 11 survey countries and actions that governments can implement to influence change and increase access to greener choices.

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CCAFS Study Identifies Regrets-Free Approaches for Agricultural Adaptation [viewed]

CCAFS14 June 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS) has released a study, titled 'Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture,' which aims at helping farmers adapt to an uncertain future through pathways that are beneficial regardless of future growing conditions.

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UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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Event: Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference [viewed]

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.  

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ICAO Symposium Discusses National Action Plans on Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

Icao12 June 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change, 'Destination Green,' aimed to foster a dialogue amongst participants on environment and aviation matters. The event brought together 233 participants from 62 member States and 23 international organizations.

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