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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/

Pacific Island Countries Thematic Meeting on Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan, 11 – 14 August 2014, Nadi

The “Pacific Island Countries Thematic Meeting on Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) Implementation and Preparation of Second Tranche” is organized by UNEP OzonAction Programme in collaboration with the Government of Fiji, the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme and Member States. This will be held in Nadi, Fiji on 11-14 August 2014 and will be attended by National Ozone Officers and Senior Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Servicing Technicians in the Pacific region. Using the South-South Cooperation mechanism, National Ozone Officers from Cambodia and Timor L'este are also invited to attend.

During this event, an assessment on the status of implementation of the Pacific Island Countries’ HPMP Stage One, Tranche One will be conducted and additional requirements for the preparation of Tranche Two of this project for the period 2015-2020 will be identified.


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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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