Southwest Pacific

ADB Releases Key Asia and Pacific Statistics, Underscores Need to Go Green [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its annual flagship statistical publication, titled “Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012.” The publication, which includes a special chapter on Green Urbanization in Asia, examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the region's urban boom, detailing measures required to transform cities into sustainable centres of growth.

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Voting Open for Civil Society Representatives to UN-REDD Policy Board [viewed]

13 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) is inviting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to vote on eligible nominees to serve as CSO representatives to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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Many Strong Voices Highlights Historical Documents on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, is working to ensure that information on historical documents relevant to climate change adaptation is available. As part of this effort, MSV highlighted two historical environment and climate change initiatives.  

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APEC Energy Overview 2011 Provides Policy, Market, Investment and Infrastructure Information for APEC's 21 Members [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has released a report, titled “APEC Energy Overview 2011,” which provides an overview of energy data, energy policy information, and new energy developments in its 21 member economies.

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SPREP Begins EbA Project in Solomon Islands [viewed]

SPREP1 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is conducting an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Project in Solomon Islands, aiming to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall strategy to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

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SPREP Hosts Climate Resilience Project Workshop in Cook Islands [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted an Inception Workshop for a US$5 million dollar Climate Change Adaptation Programme, which will be implemented from 2012-2017, with the guidance of the Pa Enua or outer island communities in the Cook Islands, targeting sectors such as the water, health, agriculture and marine resources.

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PACC Upgrades Water Reserves and Monitoring in Marshall Islands [viewed]

1 July 2012: The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project is addressing water issues in the Marshall Islands by installing water meters and improving the Airport Water Reservoir, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported.

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UNFCCC Publishes Synthesis of Views on Review of JI Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC25 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report of the views of parties, and intergovernmental and observer organizations on the revision of the Joint Implementation (JI) guidelines (FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/INF.1).

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Pacific Economic Ministers Release Action Plan [viewed]

PIFS5 July 2012: The 16th Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting (FEMM 16) discussed issues relating to economic governance in the Pacific, and concluded with the release of the Forum Economic Action Plan 2012. The Plan addresses, inter alia: implementing the Waiheke Declaration; economic empowerment of women; implementation of the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific; progress by the Group of 20 (G20); and climate change resourcing.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate and Water Challenges in Tuvalu [viewed]

19 July 2012: Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water, highlighted that the impacts of climate change are exacerbating water and sanitation challenges in Tuvalu. She recommend the Government of Tuvalu immediately adopt and implement its draft Water Act and its Sustainable and Integrated Water and Sanitation Policy.

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