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Manila, December 13 - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the governments of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam in a community-driven initiative to conserve more than 1.9 million hectares of threatened forest land, home to over 170,000 mostly poor, ethnic minority people.

ADB’s Board of Directors approved loan and grant funds totaling $69 million equivalent for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project, which follows a series of successful pilot conservation activities carried out earlier by GMS countries.

“It marks the first investment to emerge from the pilot phase and provides a model for expanded and sustained local community participation in the management of these vital natural resources,” said Pavit Ramachandran, Environment Specialist (Regional Cooperation) in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.

Read more: ADB, Mekong countries seek community support to conserve threatened forests

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Agriculture experts of six countries joint in International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) to hold congress and international seminar in discussing agriculture and climate change at Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur – Bali. It hold on November 14 – 18, 2010.

The Head of Congress Crew Prof. Dr. Ir. Gede Mahardika, MS accompanied by Congress Secretary Dr. GN Alit Susanta Wirya, SP, M.Agr. said this congress followed by 137 delegation of Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, and Malaysia. Phillipine delegation as much as 44 people, then Thailand as much as 31 people, Malaysia as much as 13 people, Vietnam contributed 10 person, and the rest is Indonesian.

Read more: Six Agriculture Experts Discuss Climate Change

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asia and the Pacific must work harder to address air pollution alongside broader efforts to counter climate change, and a new Clean Air Scorecard developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the region do that.

"We think it's critical to have a comprehensive air quality measure to allow governments to judge how best to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," said Nessim J. Ahmad, Director of ADB's Environment and Safeguards Division. "And working to improve air quality will benefit everyone's health and productivity, especially that of the poor who are most exposed to pollution."

Read more: ADB's Clean Air Scorecard to Help Asia Reduce Air Pollution

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