Southeast Asia

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is being criticized for weak collaboration and a failure to act at the latest international climate change conference in Bangkok.

"ASEAN is not acting as a bloc, and in the past two years we have seen no indicators of moving away from talk to action," Zelda Soriano, policy adviser for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, told IRIN on 7 April on the sidelines of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The conference is a five-day event to continue hammering out details of climate change policy leading up to the November 2011 summit in Durban, South Africa.

Read more: Climate change conference lacks unified voice, NGOs say


SINGAPORE — From surging rivers to volcanic steam, Southeast Asia is blessed with abundant sources of renewable energy but governments are not doing enough to exploit them, experts and activists say.

Private firms are willing to invest in renewable energy, which could help rein in climate change, but are bogged down by policies that make it hard to reduce dependence on traditional sources like oil and coal, they said.

The recent eruptions of Mount Merapi in Indonesia and Mount Bulusan in the Philippines underscored the amount of geothermal power waiting to be tapped for electricity in Southeast Asia.

But harnessing renewable energy -- which also includes solar, wind and hydroelectric power as well as biomass fuels -- is costlier than building a fossil-fuelled power plant.

Read more: SE Asia urged to exploit abundant clean energy



Bangkok - The Adaptation Knowledge Management Workshop was organized on the theme "Harnessing Adaptation Knowledge in the Asia Pacific Region" on 28th Februray 2011.

The Adaptation Knowledge Management Workshop aimed at identifying knowledge partners to link regional climate change adaptation knowledge through a knowledge sharing system that promotes dialogue and improves the exchange of knowledge, information, and methods within and between countries on climate change adaptation, and to link existing and emerging networks and initiatives.

Read more: Adaptation Knowledge Management Workshop Concludes


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