Asia

ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects [viewed]

IttoAugust 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter, titled 'Tropical Forest Update,' which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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6th Regional 3R Forum Examines Economic Opportunities Offerred by 3Rs and Resource Efficiency [viewed]

3r-6regionalforum19 August 2015: The Sixth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific discussed the linkages between waste management, tourism, water security and sustainable urban management in the region, as well as the economic and employment opportunities posed by 3Rs and resource efficiency.

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Bioversity Annual Report Highlights Work on Healthy Diets, Resilience and Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2015: Bioversity International's 2014 Annual Report highlights research on the contribution of agricultural and tree genetic diversity to healthy diets and the resilience of farms and forests, as well as work towards effective genetic resources conservation and use.

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IMO Addresses Sensitive Marine Areas, Regulation of Waste at Sea [viewed]

sprep-imoAugust 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has worked to advance the health of the world's oceans and seas through workshops focused on regulating marine pollution and identifying Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) that need special protection given ecological, scientific or socio-economic circumstances, but that may be vulnerable to damage from international maritime activities.

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UN-REDD Workshop Explores Indigenous Peoples and CSO Participation in REDD+ Processes [viewed]

unredd24 July 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) hosted a regional knowledge exchange for REDD+ stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific. UN-REDD has released the results of the workshop, which focused on best practices for engaging civil society organizations (CSOs) and indigenous peoples.

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing [viewed]

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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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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