Southwest Pacific

SPREP, APAN Adaptation Workshop Discusses Capacity Challenges [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)2 March 2012: Pacific island climate change and adaptation focal points identified the need for capacity building in the area of adaptation funding proposals, implementation and reporting during a climate change adaptation consultation meeting coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).

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SPC, FFPRI to Cooperate on Forestry Research [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) of Japan. SPC and FFPRI will conduct collaborative research activities (CRAs) to identify and provide solutions to issues of tree breeding and stand improvement in coastal areas.  

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New Website Launched for Many Strong Voices Programme [viewed]

February 2012: A new website has been launched for Many Strong Voices (MSV), a programme linking climate change adaptation and mitigation activities in the Arctic and small islands development States (SIDS).  

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

The second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia (Adaptation Knowledge Platform) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (Adaptation Network). The Forum aims to provide an opportunity for participants to share frontline findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. The Forum will focus on "Adaptation in Action," signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies and policies to practices.  

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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IRENA Newsletter Details Results of Assembly, Pacific Leaders Meeting and WFES [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2012: A Special Edition of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Newsletter highlights the results of three events related to the future of sustainable energy use – the Pacific Leader's Meeting, the Second Assembly of IRENA, and the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) – all of which focused on renewable energy strategies at regional and international levels.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Adaptation Workshops [viewed]

15 February 2012: The February 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on a climate change adaptation workshop in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and an upcoming pig derby in Guam.  

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Nauru Adopts National Water Policy [viewed]

13 February 2012: The National Cabinet of Nauru officially adopted the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy, as a part of the country's climate change adaptation efforts.

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Event: GEF SGP Regional Workshop for Pacific [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will hold this workshop for Pacific countries.  

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ESCAP, UNEP and ADB Release Asia-Pacific Green Growth Report [viewed]

16 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have released a report asserting that the challenges of resource constraints in the Asia-Pacific region are more serious than anywhere else, and proposing strategies for changing economic incentives to promote a green economy. The report was prepared as part of preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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