Asia

UN-REDD Summarizes Climate Summit 2014 Discourse on Forests [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeOctober 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released summaries of forest-related outcomes from the UN Climate Summit 2014. The reports, which present proceedings of the Forests Plenary and Forests Pavilion held during the Summit, highlight the New York Declaration on Forests, a multi-stakeholder pledge to reduce deforestation and accelerate forest restoration.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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International Snow Leopard Day Celebrated Worldwide [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2014: The first-ever International Snow Leopard Day was celebrated 3 October 2014, with special awareness raising and educational events held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. To mark the Day, the Snow Leopard Network published the revised Snow Leopard Survival Strategy, which establishes a scientific baseline and identifies priorities and best practices in protecting the species.

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Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan Join World Bank Wildlife Conservation Project [viewed]

World Bank22 October 2014: Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal have joined the 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia (SRCWP)' project of the World Bank. The three countries expect to share information, innovative practices, and the results of their efforts to conserve wildlife and address poaching, including for tigers.

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CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition [viewed]

wmb-cms16 October 2014: The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 photo competition held under the campaign theme 'Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism' has concluded. Winners were picked from 37 photos of migratory birds taken in 22 different countries.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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World Bank Study Tour Introduces Asian Participants to Dutch Flood Management [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: Decision makers and practitioners from Bangladesh, China, the Philippines and Viet Nam participated in a World Bank supported study tour to the Netherlands to learn about water resources management and flood protection.

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Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries [viewed]

CGIAR20 October 2014: During a two-day workshop, participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam discussed how agriculture-based interventions, in particular crop diversification, can strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report [viewed]

IPCC15 October 2014: Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR4), titled ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,' which includes a Summary for Policymakers (SPM), a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions and high-resolution graphics.

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UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP9 October 2014: A UN Development Programme (UNDP) event examined how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The event, which gathered representatives from government, multilateral institutions and NGOs, concluded that a climate-resilient future will not be possible without a strong emphasis on EbA, and that EbA can also contribute to sustainable development more broadly.

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