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The Asia-Pacific region is struggling with more frequent and intense hazards such that access to real-time, accurate information can help build resilience among vulnerable communities.
Czech aid group People in Need has installed two sensors on bridges on the Tonle Sap river in Cambodia, to trigger a system that sends text messages or calls to mobile phones warning of heavy rains. Image: Photo Dharma from Penang, Malaysia,CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Floods in Cambodia in 2011 and 2013 killed more than 400 people, displaced tens of thousands, and destroyed crops, livestock, and homes.

Read more: From Bhutan to Cambodia, early warning saves lives in floods

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BATTAMBANG, Cambodia – During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol TaAek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the water line is evident on the villagers’ homes and fences where the floods reached a year ago.

Read more: Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change

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Asean faces common challenges as a result of climate change, including sea level rise, mass migration, humanitarian crises, and international conflict. Here’s how the region can work together to address these climate risks.
The flags of the 10-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Image: Shutterstock

Nine out of ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have ratified the Paris Agreement, and Myanmar is expected to do so in the near future.

Read more: ASEAN countries must act together to confront climate change

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Members of the indigenous community in La Roya, Peru (Photo: Juan Carlos Huayllapuma/CIFOR).

REDD+ has potential to exacerbate conflicts over land and abuses of Indigenous Peoples' rights, unless it is reoriented to promote participation and to strengthen indigenous rights. In a new publication from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), scientists Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti and Anne Larson analyze multiple allegations of abuses of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the context of readiness and implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC).

Read more: REDD+ potential for abuses indicates need for indigenous rights-based approach

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We know climate change will heavily impact communities’ access to clean drinking water and decent sanitation systems – but the inability of local, national and international institutions to coordinate means that available climate finance is not being matched with solid plans to help those in need. It’s time for a clear path of action.

The headline figure for helping developing countries cope with climate change -- $100bn pledged by wealthy countries in the lead-up to the Paris climate treaty – sounded impressive. However, getting that money released is only the first part of the struggle. Those governments with nations and communities already struggling with a changing climate are failing to get to grips with how to channel that money to where it is most needed: to assist the poorest and most vulnerable people. 

Read more: From climate change prevention to climate protection

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Sculptors put the finishing touches on one of seven paper mache elephant sculptures on display in exhibit ‘We Love Our Momos’ at Mahabandoola Park, Yangon. Nyan Zay Htet/ The Myanmar Times

COMMUTERS could be excused for thinking someone spiked their morning laphet yay with reports of a rather unusual site in downtown Yangon today; a herd of elephants out the front of city hall towering above the gridlock of cars and buses. 

But these aren’t hallucinations.  This very real sculpture exhibition marks the beginning of a six-month campaign to draw attention to elephant poaching and confront the crisis which has seen Myanmar’s wild elephant population reduced to alarming levels.

Read more: As Myanmar’s elephants vanish, artists bring them to life in downtown Yangon

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Climate change resilience in agriculture and livestock sectors is one of the focus areas of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to support Myanmar’s effort to attain food security in the next five years, the agency’s country representative said.

Read more: FAO aims to make Myanmar farming climate-change proof

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Delegates arrive at the convention center during the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (Nov. 6, 2017). Image Credit: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

When Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama assumed the presidency of the 23rd meeting of the UN’s climate change convention on November 6, he was a long way from his Pacific home. Fiji is the first Pacific Island country to host a UN Conference of the Parties (COP), but is doing so remotely from Bonn, Germany.

With a population of less than one million people, Fiji has taken on an outsized role at the United Nations in recent years, becoming a much more prominent leader on climate change than many much larger countries.

Despite being held in a cold German city, COP 23 will have many Fijian touches. Fiji will lead a dialogue following the Pacific principles of “Talanoa” – sharing stories to build empathy and trust. Bainimarama also plans to delegate formal proceedings so that he can play “a roving role” and be on hand “to resolve any difficulties in the formal negotiations.”

Read more: Can Fiji Save the World?

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Jakarta. Indonesia's Peatlands Restoration Agency, or BRG, on Tuesday (07/11) showcased the progress it has made in restoring the country's peatlands at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC COP 23, in Bonn, Germany.

Read more: Indonesia Shows Off Progress in Peatland Restoration at UN Climate Change Summit

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