Southeast Asia

Singapore, December 16 - Following the recent ‘triple disaster’ in Indonesia - the flooding in Papua, the tsunami that hit the Mentawai islands, and the volcanic eruption in Central Java - some are wondering whether climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of similar events in the region.

The Singapore-based Economy and Environment Programme for South-east Asia (a project under the International Development Research Centre of Canada), for instance, has shown that the Philippines, the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam, Cambodia, North and East Laos, the Bangkok region, as well as West and South Sumatra, West and East Java are all highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Read more: Climate change can strain Southeast Asia's security


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


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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