Asia

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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WMO-GWP Programme Focuses on Mainstreaming Integrated Flood Management [viewed]

apfmOctober 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) discussed mainstreaming Integrated Flood Management (IFM) in their programmes and country strategies, at talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region [viewed]

ADB-Greater Mekong10 October 2014: Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015.

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Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs [viewed]

Mountain Partnership20 October 2014: The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR will launch a Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA) to support mountain protected areas (PAs) globally. The FMPA will facilitate the exchange of experiences, information, knowledge and management practices on mountain PAs.

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CBD COP 12 Adopts Decisions on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

cop12-biodiv17 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted two decisions related to marine and coastal biodiversity: one on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); and one on other matters, including impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise and ocean acidification, priority actions to achieve Aichi Target 10 (coral reefs), and marine spatial planning (MSP) and training initiatives.

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GWP Presents IWRM Toolbox to Chinese Academics [viewed]

GWP Global logotype17 October 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has introduced its Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Toolbox to academics in China through two workshops. The Toolbox is an open database with a library of case studies and references on water management at global, regional, national and local levels.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building [viewed]

waves9 October 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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Event: 1st Specialist Conference on Municipal Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries [viewed]

This conference aims to develop an integrated perspective on sanitation solutions in Asia, based on the concept “from toilet to source,” which includes consideration of storm-water, sludge and solid waste management issues. The International Water Association (IWA) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) are organizing the conference in collaboration with the Japan Sanitation Consortium, the Wastewater Management Authority (Thailand), and the Faculty of Engineering, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand. The event also marks the 50th anniversary of the postgraduate study programme in Environmental Engineering and Management at AIT.  

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Event: Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) 10th Year Celebration Workshop [viewed]

The Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) was established in February 2004 to promote Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and improve water governance in Asian river basins, and to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of river basin organizations (RBOs). NARBO has 84 member organizations representing 18 countries, and a full-time secretariat associated with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan Water Agency. The 10-year anniversary celebration features a high-level panel and associated workshops that will take stock of achievements and lessons learned, and propose ways forward, in consultation with members and key water players.  

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