Asia

IFC Launches Website and Brochure for China Energy Efficiency Finance Programme [viewed]

May 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has launched a new website and brochure on the China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency Finance Program (CHUEE) to promote a market-based solution to China's energy efficiency challenges.

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Land Management in Moldova [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$18 million credit and US$4.4 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to provide funding for a programme in Moldova aimed at supporting the competitiveness of the agro-food sector.

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Event: Bangkok: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters - Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

This event is part of a series of briefings that will seek to publicize the findings of the IPCC Special Report SREX to policy makers, practitioners and private sector audiences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a Special Report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX), and launched the report's Summary for Policy Makers on 18 November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012. To follow up on this report, the IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. This event in Bangkok, Thailand is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the South East Asian region.  

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ADB Seminar Calls for Increased Investment in Urban Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

ADB2 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a seminar titled "Vulnerable cities: Waking up to the need for urban disaster risk management," which outlined ways to build resilient local government units that integrate community participation into decision making, improve construction practices and funding, and better prepare communities for climate change impacts.

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UNEP and Partners Unveil Ozone Awareness Sculpture in Beijing [viewed]

26 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported on the unveiling of a sculpture of the Chinese Goddess Nüwa, in an effort to raise awareness about protecting the ozone layer and climate change, in Beijing, China.

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World Bank Invests in Sustainable Ocean Ecosystem Management [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank published a brief titled "Helping to Better Manage the World's Oceans," which presents the sectoral results for sustainable ocean ecosystem management and the Bank's role in the creation of the Global Partnership for Oceans.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a Workplan for the AWG-DPA [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DPA) (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3).

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Event: Third Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre. The aim of the workshop is to provide a platform for participants to share best practices and key lessons, enhance their knowledge on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and discuss technical, financial, and policy issues specific to their projects. In addition, the ADB, with support from UNFCCC Secretariat, will offer one-on-one project consultations with interested project developers from 17-18 July. The ultimate objective is to promote and support CDM project activities in Asia and the Pacific countries currently hosting fewer than 10 registered projects, particularly least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).  

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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UNFCCC Releases India's Submission on CCS under the CDM [viewed]

25 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released India's submission containing its views on certain aspects of the eligibility of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in geological formations as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.8/Add.1).

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