Southwest Pacific

SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submission from Parties on Various Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has circulated a submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG LCA) from Australia, Canada, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Ukraine and the US on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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UNFCCC Releases QELRO's from Australia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein and Ukraine [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG KP) released the quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives (QELROs) for the second commitment period from Australia, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein and Ukraine.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the New Market Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) released additional submissions from Cyprus and the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU and its member States and Papua New Guinea on views on the new market based mechanism.

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IEA Lauds Australia's Efforts for a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

IEA19 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new report, titled "Energy Policy of IEA Countries: Australia 2012," which lauds Australia's efforts to develop a low-carbon economy, and recommends further investments in education, monitoring and evaluation of progress, and energy efficiency.

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GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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PICs Present Outcomes of PACC Cost Benefit Analysis [viewed]

1 November 2012: Seven Pacific islands delivered the outcomes of their Cost Benefit Analyses (CBAs), during the conclusion workshop of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC). The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) began the series of trainings in November 2011, to support countries in conducting CBAs and thereby improve the selection and design of adaptation projects.

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SPREP Hosts First Pacific Climate Change Portal Training [viewed]

SPREP14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated the first regional training on the Pacific Climate Change Portal for national counterparts. Participants discussed user needs and the establishment of a network of climate change portal editors and users. 

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ADB Releases Evaluation of Disaster Support [viewed]

ADB13 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an independent evaluation study titled “Special Evaluation Study on ADB's Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks,” which reviews the Bank's disaster-related projects and programmes, and explores ways to improve ADB operations in the natural disaster management cycle. 

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UNEP Risø Supports Pacific Island Country Participation in Carbon Expo [viewed]

UNEP Risoe12 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre supported the participation of 12 representatives from Pacific island countries in the Carbon Expo Australasia 2012, which took place from 7-9 November 2012, in Melbourne, Australia. According to the Risø Centre, representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu attended the Expo.

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