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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


At first meeting, countries adopt measures to strengthen and support implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Pyeongchang, 17 October 2014 – Governments have agreed to a series of actions that will further bolster the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, facilitate its effective implementation, and ensure that countries have the necessary resources to take the next steps to implement the treaty, which entered into force earlier this week.

Governments Commit to Significant Funding Increase and Accelerated Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development

Pyeongchang/Montreal 17 October:  The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda.

 IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report

Geneva, 15 October 2014 - Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is launching the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability on Wednesday 16 October. This definitive assessment is the result of years of intensive work by leading experts in the field. It provides the most comprehensive look to date at the widespread impacts and risks of climate change and the opportunities for response. The full version of the Working Group II report includes a Summary for Policymakers, a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions, and high-resolution graphics


19th Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), 20-22 October 2014, Moscow, Russia.

The 19th Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) will take place 20-22 October 2014 to discuss NOWPAP’s annual progress report, work programme and budget. The meeting is organised by NOWPAP Secretariat and Member States. 

29th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative, 20-23 October 2014, Okinawa, Japan

The 29th General Meeting of the International Coral (ICRI) will bring together ICRI members to interact and discuss past and upcoming ICRI-related activities and adopt resolutions or recommendations to attract international attention on coral reefs and related ecosystems issues like degradation due to anthropogenic stresses. The meeting is organised by ICRI Secretariat and Members. Around 60 representatives from government, non-governmental organizations and international organizations are expected to participate in the meeting. 

Assessing Governance in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Workshop, 28-30 October 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

This workshop promotes awareness and dialogue among stakeholders in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) region on governance issues. A preliminary assessment of key areas of governance in the BOBLME region will be undertaken during the meeting to improve understanding of current arrangements and identify areas for further analysis and capacity development. This will include a review of results and outcomes of similar activities undertaken by other large marine ecosystem projects.

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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