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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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Ozone Layer on Track to Recovery: Success Story Should Encourage Action on Climate

Nairobi/Geneva, 10 September 2014 (UNEP/WMO) - The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, according to a new assessment by 300 scientists

New UNEP Report Outlines Blue-Green Economy and Island Innovation Opportunities in Small Island Developing States 

Apia, Samoa 2 September 2014 - Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the GEO SIDS Outlook, part of its flagship Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series. The report, based on the findings of a broad range of SIDS scientists, experts and policy makers, provides four integrated themes for action to support SIDS become the environmental economies of the future - building a diversified, blue-green economy; technological leapfrogging; giving priority to island culture; and reconnecting with nature. 

Protecting the Natural World and Beyond

UNEP was founded in 1972 as the voice for the environment within the UN. Here, Kaveh Zahedi provides an insight into the organisation’s activities to promote sustainable development worldwide through policy and programmes

REGIONAL EVENTS

Sub-regional workshop for Asian countries in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury, 18-20 September, New Delhi, India

Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention is organizing a sub-regional workshop for Asian countries in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury in New Delhi, India on 18 – 20 September 2014. The workshop seeks to improve the understanding of the Convention as well as familiarize with the process for signature, ratification and implementation. Informing about available sources of support and creating opportunities for exchange and action in the sub-regions are also part of the process. Finally, the definition of national roadmaps by each participating country will conclude the workshop and sets out the measures to be taken at a national level to move towards ratification and implementation. The presence of implementing agencies at the workshop will assist in informing the agencies of planned activities at the national level.

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. 

To register for the event, please go to: http://asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/2014/register

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.

For more information, visit: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC6/tabid/3563/Default.aspx

 

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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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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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