Southwest Pacific

FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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UNDP, IAEA Highlight Mitigation Potential of Nuclear Energy in Asia Pacific [viewed]

5 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) has released a background paper commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that recommends the deployment of nuclear energy as an approach to mitigating climate change and increasing energy security.

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Connect4Climate Recognizes 19 Young Climate Activists [viewed]

1 March 2013: The World Bank has announced that 19 awards were granted to young individuals from 14 countries as part of the Voices4Climate competition, which was organized by the Connect4Climate in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica. The competition selected photographs, videos, videos, and music about climate change.

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Frankfurt School Provides Update on Market Study in Africa and New Financial Institutions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

1 March 2013: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released the second volume of its newsletter, including articles on: the Sustainable Energy Planning in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus project; a market study for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP); and the selection of new Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF) partners in Asia.

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Conflict-Affected and Fragile States Call for New Goals in Dili Consensus [viewed]

26 February 2012: Member countries of the g7+ group, Pacific Island countries and Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) adopted a consensus statement at the close of the International Conference on Development for All, in Dili, Timor-Leste, calling for new goals to be adopted in the post-2015 development framework.

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UNESCO IOC Reports on the Ningaloo Niño Event [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 February 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on the impacts of the La Niña phenomenon in 2010-2011, which caused a massive ocean heatwave in the Indian Ocean, more than 10,000 km off of Australia's western coast.

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New Zealand Supports SPREP's Biodiversity, Climate Change and Waste Projects [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it has signed a funding agreement with the Government of New Zealand for NZD4.5 million. The funding package will support programmes in Pacific Countries to improve the management of solid waste, protect biodiversity and encourage economic development through ecotourism, and assist Pacific countries in responding to climate change.

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SPREP's Climate Newsletter Focuses on Wind Power, Climate-Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

SPREP20 February 2013: The Climate Change Divsion of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the February 2013 edition of its "Climate Change Matters" newsletter. The newsletter highlights SPREP's and its partners' climate change activities in the region.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Training for Policymakers and Practitioners on Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Adaptation [viewed]

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will conduct a two-day training for Asia-Pacific policy makers and practitioners on the migration-environment nexus, in collaboration with the Foresight Programme (Government Office for Science, UK), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The training aims to build the capacity of policy makers and practitioners to address migration challenges within climate change, development and environment policies and strategies. The training will also facilitate exchanges among policymakers and practitioners on climate change, environment and migration, with a particular focus on migration management policies. The training will be held back to back with the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum.  

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Event: Third Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [viewed]

The forum aims to assist government, community and business decision-makers at all levels to develop appropriate climate change and development strategies and to build their capacity to adapt to a changing climate. The forum will focus on the overall theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development" and will include four sub-themes: adaptation strategies; critical and neglected groups; adaptation in sectors and systems; and knowledge management for adaptation. The co-organizers are the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). It will precede the Asia-Pacific Training for Policymakers and Practitioners on Migration, Environment, Climate Change and Adaptation.  

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