Asia

March 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

march_climate_finance_201531 March 2015: During the month of March 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/World Bank Climate Finance Options (CFO) platform and the World Bank reported on climate finance projects, mechanisms and developments. ADB, EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and the World Bank released publications and organized events.

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Technologies to Support MRV and Track Private Sector Deforestation Commitments [viewed]

cifor_profor_unep_wcmc1 April 2015: During March, the month that marked the celebration of the International Day of Forests, a number of significant forest-related research studies, tools and technologies were released.

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Birds in the Spotlight at CMS [viewed]

CMS31 March 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that this year's theme for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) will be 'Energy – make it bird-friendly!' It will "highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats."

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FOREST EUROPE, PROFOR, GEF Focus on Advancing SFM in Europe [viewed]

world_bank_gef_forests31 March 2015: Across Europe, new publications and projects and ongoing policy discussions are supporting expanded action on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Forest Management Projects Feature Communities in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

fao_cifor_itto_gef_wb_profor31 March 2015: A number of partnerships, projects and research with regard to forests in Asia and the Pacific have focused on stakeholder engagement, data collection and monitoring, and the sustainable management of forest resources in various countries in the region.

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Arab Region Launches UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

arab_region_launches_un_decade_se4all24 March 2015: The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was launched in the Arab region on 23 March 2015, in Amman, Jordan, during a week of events organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

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Event: High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' [viewed]

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

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World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Addresses Land Tenure for Shared Prosperity [viewed]

World20bank20logoa27 March 2015: The 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty met under the theme ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.' It highlighted that while land tenure affects asset distribution between men and women, generations and social groups, land-use patterns will have significant implications for socioeconomic outcomes at the household, community and/or landscape levels.

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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First GSLEP Meeting Discusses Progress on Snow Leopard Conservation [viewed]

global-snow-leopard26 March 2015: The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program's Steering Committee convened for the first time to take stock of the progress made on GSLEP Program goals. Pakistan Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan was elected chairman of the Steering Committee of the Program.

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