Asia

Mekong Ministers Pledge EIA Use in Infrastructure Plans [viewed]

lower_mekong_initiative5 August 2015: Ministers from the five Lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – highlighted the importance of environmental impact assessments (EIA) in protecting infrastructure and promoting sustainability, at a meeting with US partners in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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OECD Highlights Benefits of Integrating Climate, Development Financing [viewed]

OECD_NEWJuly 2015: Integrating financing for climate change and development can help maximize low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmental sustainable pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a brief by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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UN-REDD Highlights Technical Support for UNFCCC REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

unredd3 August 2015: Efforts to prepare forest countries to implement the UNFCCC REDD+ guidelines are highlighted in the August/September 2015 edition of 'The REDD+ Resource,' the newsletter of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The newsletter also features the UN-REDD Programme's publications, as well as expert insights on upcoming events, such as the World Forestry Congress and the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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CGIAR Releases 2014 FTA Annual Report [viewed]

CGIARAugust 2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) features, among other achievements: follow-up to the first-ever full independent evaluation of a CGIAR Research Program; critical analyses of green economy policies in several South East Asian countries; and contributions to the first State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and its associated Global Plan of Action.

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UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015-in82 August 2015: The final version of the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamation at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations. The adoption came at the end of a two-week session and concluded a seven-month process to agree on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate_finance_au20151 August 2015: During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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FAO: Ratification of Agreement on IUU Fishing Gains Momentum [viewed]

fao_headquarters30 July 2015: The ‘Agreement on Port States Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing' is moving closer to entering into force, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The agreement aims to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing by strengthening control procedures and inspections at ports and on vessels. It will enable improved compliance with the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which promotes long-term sustainability of the fisheries sector.

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5th Kubuqi Forum Develops 10-Year Global Action Plan, Unveils 2015 UNCCD Land for Life Winners [viewed]

UNCCD logo29 July 2015: The 5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum, which convened in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, China, under the theme ‘Desert Ecological Civilization and Co-Building Silk Roads,' developed the 10-year Kubuqi Action Plan of Global Desertification Control and unveiled the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2015 Land for Life Awards winners.

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UN Report Discusses Possible Extinction of Bornean Orangutan [viewed]

future_borean_orangutan28 July 2015: Extensive deforestation and the conversion of Borneo's forests, particularly for oil palm production, are threatening endangered orangutans with extinction, according to a report titled 'The Future of the Bornean Orangutan.' A collaborator on the publication, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), had indicated that over 80% of the orangutan's remaining habitat in Borneo could be lost by the year 2080 under the island's current land-use scenario.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

IttoJuly 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, among other activities.

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