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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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UNEP 2013 Annual Report Spotlights Action on Key Environmental Issues

Nairobi, 26 March 2014 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2013 tackled a range of critical and emerging issues on the global environmental agenda, according to the organization's 2013 Annual Report, which was released today.

  Governments Review Issues to Top World Environment Agenda Ahead of First-Ever UN Environment Assembly

Nairobi, 25 March 2014 - Nearly 300 delegates representing 97 countries participated in the first meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with a focus on UNEP's critical inputs to the post-2015 development agenda.

 
Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Green and Sustainable Economic Growth - See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2764&ArticleID=10752&l=en#sthash.6WpTG8SZ.dpuf
Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Green and Sustainable Economic Growth - See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2764&ArticleID=10752&l=en#sthash.6WpTG8SZ.dpuf
Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Green and Sustainable Economic Growth - See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2764&ArticleID=10752&l=en#sthash.6WpTG8SZ.dpuf

Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Green and Sustainable Economic

Geneva/Jakarta, 20 March 2014 - An investment of US $30 billion per year - under seven per cent of the US $480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies - in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can accelerate the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term wellbeing of tens of millions in developing countries, a new report released today said.Emissions and Adaptation Gaps: Can we bridge the cracks in climate policy?

On May 9, 2013, the daily mean concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii surpassed 400 parts per million — the highest recorded level since measurements began in 1958 (Figure 1). Since then, seasonally corrected monthly mean concentrations of CO2 have continued to rise. The emissions gap — the difference between the emissions reductions pledged by parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the reductions needed to stay within two degrees Celsius (2°C) warming — is increasing. With it, the adaptation gap — the difference between the level of funding and the capacities needed for adaptation and the amount committed to the task — is also increasing1. In order to bridge these gaps, it is critical to fill holes in funding, knowledge, technology, capacity and trust.

REGIONAL EVENTS

Regional Training Workshop on Climate Adaptation Technologies, 9-12 April 2014, Dhaka

UNEP and the International Institute for Environment and Development along with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development are organizing a regional training workshop on climate adaptation technologies from 9-12 April, 2014, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness, share experiences, and provide capacity building training to 16 Asian partner countries (Bangladesh, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan) on climate change adaptation technologies and their application, in particular targeting water resource management, agriculture, and coastal zone management.

Joint Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs Officers, 4 April, Luang Prabang

A one-day Joint Meeting of Ozone Officers and Customs Officers is organized by UNEP Compliance Assistance Programme and the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste project team on 4 April 2014 in Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic. This meeting aims to strengthen the cooperation between the national ozone units and customs agencies for better management of the in Ozone Depleting Substances’ (ODS) trade, and monitoring illegal trade of ODS as well as chemicals and wastes.

Protecting Marine Ecosystems in MFF Countries Using the Green Fins Approach, 3-4 April 2014, Bangkok

This Regional Workshop provides an opportunity to review the project progress in the Maldives and Vietnam and plan further implementation for 2014. The workshop will also bring together the Green Fins international network, providing a forum for sharing of experiences and lessons learned, and brainstorming on further development of Green Fins in the longer-term, including strategic directions, operational and financial sustainability. The workshop is the first event of its kind, and coincides with the 10th year anniversary of the establishment of Green Fins in 2004. This is organized by UNEP COBSEA with support from the Mangroves for the Future.


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Ashok Khosla welcoming participants of the First Asia Pacific Meeting of the 10YFP.

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