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BAGUIO CITY – The putting up of a “reward fund” to mitigate the effects of climate change especially in vulnerable local governments and villages has gained considerable support in Northern Luzon, officials said Saturday.

Seeing the Mindanao-wide support for the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) or HB 3528 encouraging, Angelo Kairus dela Cruz of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said: “Time is essential to already establish the measure otherwise it might be too late.”

Read more: North Luzon backs P.S.F initiative

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Joins gov't effort to alleviate effects of global warming

BUTUAN CITY – Evidently concerned with the effects of global warming and climate change, the city government in Butuan City joined the national government in its mitigation program by allocating funds in an effort to plant one million trees in various areas of the city.

As this developed, the city government has started looking for wide areas for massive tree-planting, not only at the Mount Mayapay area but also in other watershed areas around this city.

“We (city government) are very much concerned about by the global warming and climate change, that’s why we are allocating funds for this tree-planting project,” said City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima.

“We urged the public especially the Butuanons to join and support this program,” added Culima.

Read more: Butuan set to plant 1 M trees

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When it comes to saving the world's forests, Malaysian scientist Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor has probably done more than any other University of Adelaide graduate in the past 50 years, the university's alumni magazine "Lumen" says in an article to mark the 2011 International Year of Forests.

The Colombo Plan scholar, who obtained a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) in 1964, is internationally renowned for his research work in tropical forests, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: Malaysian scientist a green trailblazer

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MANILA, Philippines—When the whole of Metro Manila was plunged into darkness after Tropical Storm “Ondoy” devastated the capital in late September 2009, Naderev “Yeb” Saño’s house was the only one in his neighborhood that remained lighted at night.

While everyone else did their chores and sat to dinner by candlelight, the Saño family had power thanks to the solar power kit that Saño had installed in his house in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, more than a year ago.

Unlike the rest of Metro Manila, which endured power blackouts for several days after the typhoon, the Saño household could plug on the radio or the television. There was power for cooking, and for doing the laundry.

Read more: Solar panels: Embrace the sun to power homes

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MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has vowed to use high-tech systems to arm farmers and fisherfolk with information necessary in mitigating the impact of global heating.

Alcala said he has approved the implementation of the United and Enterprise Geospatial Information System (UEGIS) to improve the delivery of services to its clientele and enable them to mitigate the effects of climate change.

UEGIS was formulated to enhance the planning and implementing capability of the Department of Agriculture in Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zones or SAFDZs.

Read more: Campaign on climate change

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  • Central Kalimantan to trial forest carbon programmes
  • Aim is to build-up steps that cut CO2 by saving forests
  • Province to roll out transparent auditing for CO2 cuts

 

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Indonesia has chosen once of its largest and richest provinces to test efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by saving forest and peatlands, a key part of a $1 billion climate deal with Norway.

Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases among Indonesia's 33 provinces because of deforestation, destruction of carbon-rich peat swamps, and land use change, the government says.

"The assessment showed that Central Kalimantan is a province with large forest cover and peatland and faces a real threat of deforestation," top technocrat Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of a special presidential delivery unit charged with managing the Norway deal, said in a statement on Thursday.

Read more: Indonesia chooses climate pact pilot province

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are helping five Pacific countries manage their marine resources in the Coral Triangle.

The project is part of ADB's commitment to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) - a regional effort to preserve and manage Asia-Pacific's marine resources. ADB is coordinating the mobilization of financial support for the CTI plan of action, in consultation with development partners.

Read more: ADB, Partners To Help Manage Pacific's Marine Resources Against Climate Change

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WITH leading multinational corporations at the forefront to lease green office space, the demand for green buildings in Malaysia will continue to rise as environmental awareness grows and more companies embrace the practice of corporate social responsibility.

Another driver is the growing body of evidence demonstrating that green buildings make financial sense.

CB Richard Ellis (Malaysia) vice-president research, Nabeel Hussain says there is growing recognition that key participants in the country's real estate sector have a responsibility to adopt sustainable building practices and related technologies in order to play a pro-active role in climate change mitigation.

Read more: Demand for green buildings on the rise

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SINGAPORE: In 2010, climate change made its presence clearly known in Singapore.

Flash floods in particular spared no mercy on the island, leaving Orchard Road as one of the worst-hit areas.

But a massive operation is underway to protect the shopping belt, which is set to go full steam in January.

Flash floods hit Orchard Road not once but twice, resulting in million-dollar losses at the shopping belt.

The public and private sectors then embarked on a slew of preventive measures.

National water agency PUB is spending S$26 million to raise certain stretches of Orchard Road by 30 centimetres.

Work has since got off to a slow but tactical start due to the recent festive period.

Read more: Singapore braces for climate change

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Bandar Seri Begawan - The US government is keen to provide research and development assistance to Brunei in the areas of environmental protection, a report says.

"We are working to promote opportunities for cooperation in our research and development institutions," said US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M Campbell in an interview with Oxford Business Group's (OBG), which was published in The Report: Brunei Darussalam 2010, in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office. The report was launched on December 16.

Campbell was referring to areas that both governments could collaborate further apart from cooperation in health, agriculture, science, technology and education sectors.

Brunei and the US are members of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, along with seven other countries, aimed at creating a platform for economic integration across the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: US Offers Brunei Support In Environmental Protection Efforts

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