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Climate Change in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and impacts are likely to become more intense in future. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events have contributed to loss of crop yield in many countries. Crop yields are projected to decline by a further 10 percent by 2020. More

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Regional Approach to Address the World’s Biggest Environmental Problem 
UNEP and Japan answer urgent call to improve air quality in Asia Pacific

Bangkok, 24 July 2014 – Over 70 per cent of the estimated seven million air pollution-related premature deaths each year occur in Asia and the Pacific, with the majority in low and middle income countries of Southeast Asia and Western Pacific.

MoU Signed to Establish Myanmar Climate Change Alliance

Nay Pyi Taw, 10 July 2014 – Increasing temperatures resulting in droughts, erratic rainfall patterns and extreme weather events such as cyclones and flash floods are some of the effects of climate change that Myanmar is already facing today. A comprehensive national response mechanism is required to increase the country’s level of preparedness in tackling climate change as its impacts intensify.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today at Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to formalize their collaboration in the field of environment and  climate change in Myanmar.

Sustainable Tourism Thrives in Philippines' Largest Marine Sanctuary

About 420 kilometers south-west of Manila, in Bacuit Bay, lies the largest marine sanctuary in the Philippines. El Nido is a protected area of 45 islands and islets covering a total of 903 square kilometers, and boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region.

REGIONAL EVENTS

Climate Technology Network and Finance Center Meeting, 20-22 August 2014, Bangkok

Climate Technology Network and Finance Center Meeting for Regional Institutions with Climate Change Expertise and Project Focal Points (CTNFC) is organized by UNEP to establish a network of relevant regional institutions to promote cooperation and exchange of knowledge. Through this network, the project intends to foster South-South cooperation and further develop the capacity of these institutions so they can holistically address  issues on technology transfer. The objective of the meeting is to engage relevant institutions in technology transfer efforts in the region, as well as provide an update of the activities under the CTNFC, the Climate Technology Centre and Network, and the Technology Mechanism. UNEP is also organizing a back to back meeting of the project focal points, who are also the national designated entities to the CTCN. Participants from both meetings will be introduced to discuss potential collaboration for the generation of technology transfer requests from respective countries.

Climate Finance Workshop: Readiness and Projects Development, 14- 15 August 2014, Bangkok

Considering the importance of climate finance in implementing national climate action plans and challenges to access finance, UNEP is organizing a Climate Finance Workshop on 14-15 August 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. This is organized under the Southeast Asia Network for Climate Change Focal Points Offices (SEAN-CC) targeting ASEAN countries.

This workshop seeks to: facilitate sharing knowledge and experiences on utilizing existing climate finance initiatives; and provide participants with a clear understanding of the role of governments in creating an enabling environment for the accelerated access and implementation of the climate change projects in Southeast Asia. Government officials from different departments and ministries are expected to attend in this event along with representatives from different funding institutions and initiatives supporting climate change action.

For more information, visit: http://www.sean-cc.org/

Empowering Stakeholders and Spearheading Innovation for Sustainable Development, 24 July, Yokohama

As part of the 6th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific, UNEP-led Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development Showcase Program is organizing a parallel session on 24 July at Yokohama, Japan. The event Empowering Stakeholders and Spearheading Innovation for Sustainable Development -- Lessons from the Field and Future Perspectives for a Sustainable Asia and Pacific seeks to highlight the importance of bottom-up contrivances within the overall architecture for national, regional and global sustainable  development  agenda. Realizing  the  Sustainable Development Goals  will require  both  effective  top-down and  bottom-up approaches. The  event  aims to help improve  the  integration  of innovative  community  actions  into  the  overall implantation strategy of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The APFED Booklet of Good Practices for stakeholder empowerment and engagement will also be launched at the event. Policy makers, members of the civil society, academia and international organizations are expected to attend.

1st Regional Workshop for the Development of a Regional Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for the South Asian Seas Region, 14-25 July, Colombo

UNEP is supporting the South Asia Cooperative Environmental Programme (SACEP) to develop the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for South Asia (SAS), in close collaboration with the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans processes in the SAS countries. During the workshop, the First Draft of the Regional Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy will be presented for review and discussion among SACEP countries and other relevant stakeholders. The main output of the workshop will be the finalization of the Zero Draft, including agreed outline, targets and indicators. After a process of consultation, an agreed Regional Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Strategy for South Asia will be presented for approval at the Government Council in 2015.


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REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Resource Efficiency:Economics and Outlook for ChinaResource Efficiency:Economics and Outlook for China

This report is intended to supplement the original Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific report (UNEP 2011). It provides more detailed data and analysis specific to Chin ...

Recent trends in Material Flows and Resource Productivity in Asia and the Pacific 2013Recent trends in Material Flows and Resource Productivity in Asia and the Pacific 2013

This report is intended to supplement the original Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific report (UNEP 2011). The content is based on an updated material flows database w ...

UNEP 2011 Annual ReportUNEP 2011 Annual Report

2011 proved a landmark year in which many of the transformational reforms, launched in 2008, really began to bear fruit in terms of a transition to a results-based, more effective and more responsive ...

 

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