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Climate Change
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

Disasters and Conflicts
Nearly half of the world's natural disasters occur in the Asia and the Pacific region. In 2008 alone, the region accounted for more than half of the 220 major disasters that took place, which affected more than 55 million people and resulted in 7,000 deaths and US$15 billion in damages. More

Ecosystem Management
The Asia Pacific region boasts a high level of biological and cultural diversity which has greatly shaped its history and economic activities. While the region occupies less than 10 per cent of the planet's total surface, it is home to more than half of the world's human population and some of the most diverse plant and animal species in the world. More

Environmental Governance
While there has been significant progress in the last decade in the development of environmental institutions and legislation, the region's burgeoning economic growth and growing population have taken a toll on its natural resource base and the environment. More

Chemicals and Waste
In Asia Pacific, harmful and hazardous waste threatens millions of people. Left unchecked, these wastes could pose severe hazards. Asia's high population density and often tropical climate put it especially at risk for contamination. Regulations have increased but enforcement remains inadequate. More

Resource Efficiency
Most of the global growth in resource use has occurred in high-income Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, but recently the Asia and the Pacific region has emerged as a major global resource consumer and has surpassed the rest of world in material use. More

Environment Under Review
UNEP is focusing on both mitigation and adaptation and the objective is to strengthen the ability of countries in integrating climate change responses into national development processes. More

Regional News
Indonesia Spotlighted in Top Global Environmental Awards for First Time
Former President becomes Indonesia’s first Champion of the Earth for his Stalwart Efforts to Tackle Deforestation and Mitigate Climate Change

Bangkok, November 19 2014 – Former President of Indonesia, Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has become Indonesia’s first Champion of the Earth for his outstanding efforts to tackle deforestation and promote the sustainable management of Indonesia’s increasingly threatened natural resources  - at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the Smithsonian Museum, with special guest UNEP Goodwill Amabassador Giselle Buncheon. Click here to read more

Small Island Developing States Spotlighted in Top Global Environmental Awards
President of Palau becomes Champions of the Earth for his pioneering Green Economy Policies

Bangkok, November 17 2014 – President of Palau,Tommy Remengesau,Jr., has become the first leader of a Small Island Developing State (SIDS)  to be honoured as a Champion of the Earth, at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the Smithsonian Museum, with special guest UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Giselle Buncheon. Click here to read more

Now Japan Pledges $1.5 Billion to Green Climate Fund
Bonn, 16 November 2014―Japan today announced a pledge of $1.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) ahead of next week's pledging conference in Berlin. Click here to read more

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REDD+ Academy –  First Regional Training Course for Asia-Pacific Region, 28 October – 8 November 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This first 10-day regional training course for Asia Pacific on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) will take place 28 Oct to 8 November in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It provides an overview of key REDD+ issues, including National REDD+ Strategies, National Forest Monitoring Systems, MRV and Monitoring, Reference Emission Levels, safeguards and Safeguard Information Systems, governance, stakeholder engagement, and climate finance. It is aimed at empowering participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process. The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programme and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit.

South-Asia Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Colombo, 30-31 October 2014, Sri Lanka

UNEP together with the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) is organizing the South Asia Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) on 30 – 31 October 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Forum serves as a venue for policy dialogue and collaboration to strengthen national and regional policy frameworks and promote the shift towards SCP patterns and resource efficiency in South Asian countries, along with technology and information exchange on SCP in the region. 

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