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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


Strengthening Partnerships for a Climate Resilient Asia Pacific

Kuala Lumpur/Bangkok, 1 October 2014 – Over 600 climate change adaptation scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society organizations, businesses and donors from more than 30 nations in the Asia and the Pacific region met in Kuala Lumpur today to find new solutions to address the impacts of climate change.

Statement by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the High-level Stock-taking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda 

As we move forward towards the September 2015 summit and the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations system in its entirety will need to rise to the challenge of balancing on one hand our responsibility to articulate a commensurate sustainable development agenda of the 21st century while recognizing that in its implementation we will always face many challenges. 

Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually - UNEP Report 

Athens, 29 September 2014 - Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 - 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Leading Experts and Policymakers Meet to Form Action Plan to Stop Rapid Degradation of Worlds Seas and Oceans

Athens, Greece 29 September 2014 - Plastic debris in the ocean, collapsing fish stocks, ocean acidification, and the destruction of carbon rich mangroves, are just some of the topics that will be hotly debated today at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, as policymakers and leading scientists convene to form a new roadmap for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's increasingly threatened oceans.


Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, 1-3 October 2014, Kuala Lumpur 

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organizing its flagship Forum on 1-3 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the theme New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society. Over 500 climate change adaptation practitioners are expected to join public and private sector officials and top experts at this year’s Forum. The Forum will help participants from all levels of government, business and society to address development challenges in a changing climate more effectively. This year’s Forum focuses on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and networks for resilient development. With over 150 speakers and 30 sessions planned, the Forum is among the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region. Three Forums have successfully been co-organised by APAN since 2010. 

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Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, 1-3 October 2014, Ha Long City, Viet Nam

UNEP and the Government of Viet Nam are organizing a Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, also known as NAMAs, 1-3 October 2014 in Ha Long City, Viet Nam. The workshop brings together lead actors working on NAMAs in the Asia Pacific region with UNEP support to share results and exchange experiences with a broader group of countries and sector representatives to enhance synergies with similar activities across the region. Around 65 participants from 13 countries will participate in the workshop. The publication, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Understanding NAMA Cycle, will also be launched during the workshop.

Sixth session of the Intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC 6), 3-7 November 2014, UNCC, Bangkok

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC6) is scheduled to take place from 3 to 7 November 2014 at the premises of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The session will be preceded by regional consultations on 2 November 2014.

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UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw's message for International Ozone Day 2014


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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

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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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Supported by UNEP, the Green Fins project encourages dive and resort operators as well as divers themselves, to adopt eco-friendly practices during their exploration of coral reefs.




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