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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


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.

South Asia and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Key priorities identified to achieve sustainable development in South Asia

Nairobi, 23 June 2014 – Countries in South Asia need to use their collective strength to overcome major poverty and environmental challenges and drive the region towards sustainable development, according to a report by the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), in collaboration with UNEP.


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.


First United Nations Environment Assembly

23 - 27 June 2014,





The Road to UNEA.

Achim Steiner's UNEA message for the Asia Pacific Region.


UNODC "Wildlife Crime: Don't be part of it!"




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