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The example set by Norway and Indonesia in tackling climate change through REDD+ could help encourage significant progress at the Cancun in Mexico, climate talks this year, the visiting Norwegian foreign minister says.

Jonas Gahr Stoere said here Sunday that while global climate meetings, such as the Copenhagen conference, had failed to produce legally binding agreements to stop global warming, reducing emissions from deforestaion and forest degredation (REDD+) was among the very few examples of tangible progress.

He said what Norway and Indonesia could do while waiting for the climate conference in Cancun and South Africa was to demonstrate that they had made tangible progress in their REDD+ deal.

Read more: REDD+ progress in RI ‘could spark new deal in Cancun’

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Jakarta, November 8 - US President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Indonesia is expected to boost foreign investment in the renewable energy sources sector, a minister said here Monday.

“We expect there will be more transfer of technology for development of renewable energy sources, and investment in the management of the technology,” said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa.

Read more: Obama's visit expected to boost investment in renewable energy

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Cordillera elders, who performed the opening ritual of International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to Climate Change, said the conference is favorable to their ancestors.

According to Samuel Anongos of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), the International Indigenous Peoples (IP) Conference on Climate Change that formally opened with an opening ritual on 6 November [2010] at the Ridgewood Residence Hotel [in Baguio City, Cordillera] will surely be blessed and fruitful as the reading of the chicken bile was “likeb” (covered). He explained that the bile is covered by the liver which is translated as the ancestors protecting the conference and the participants.

Read more: Cordillera: Conference on Climate Change Promotes International Dialogue

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Philippines—The province has more reasons now to beef up its disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation measures following an assessment that found it as the country’s second most vulnerable area to climate hazards, next to Metro Manila.

According to the recently released study, “Hotspots! Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability in Southeast Asia,” Benguet’s vulnerability was based on its record of being frequently hit by typhoons and floods.

Dr. Herminia Francisco, director of the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), bared the study’s findings to reporters who attended a climate change workshop in Manila last week.

Read more: Benguet 2nd ‘most vulnerable’ province

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One of the highlights of the LGU Summit +3i was the formal launching of the Climate Change Academy through the signing of the MOU among Climate Change Commission represented by Hon. Heherson Alvarez, UN System in the Philippines represented by UNDP Country Director Renaud Meyer and the Provincial Government of Albay by Governor Joey Salceda. 

The academy will essentially be a repository of knowledge and expertise on local adaptation practices and as a venue for their propagation and extension. Its academic partners will be the Bicol University and UPLB (and most probably DAP) who are expected to sign on to the MOU. 

Read more: Climate adaptation academy officially launched

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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines  – To cope with high cost of economic losses due to natural disasters, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) wants the barangays as the first line of defense against global climate change.

Coastal barangays should be given priority since they are the most vulnerable to rising sea level rise, UNISDR said.

Read more: Barangays eyed as first line of defense vs climate change

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Experts in a press conference and meeting with deputy prime minister Hoang Trung Hai in Ha Noi said that Viet Nam would need to consider its power sector strategy to cope with climate change.

Yvo de Boer, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Dennis Tirpark, former coordinator of international climate change negotiations for the UN, said that the future construction of coal power plants would increase Viet Nam's greenhouse gas emission.

Mr De Boer said that "Gas emission would increase while the world is talking about a global commitment to 50% reduction.”

Coal remains a major source of energy in Viet Nam, accounting for more than 20% of all sources of power.

Read more: Vietnam power plan needed to tackle warming

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Down_to_earthThe Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change took place from 31 October - 5 November 2010 at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, around the theme "It's Down 2 Earth."

The Conference and its Ministerial Roundtable-sessions initiated a roadmap for action linking agriculture-related investments, food security and climate change. The "living roadmap" contains sections on: policies and strategies for climate-smart agriculture; tools and technologies for climate-smart agriculture; financing for transformational change; forging partnerships for climate-smart agriculture; and the way forward.

Read more: Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Conference Produces Roadmap for Action

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CYCLONES, droughts, earthquakes, fires that destroy forests and homes, floods, landslides, storm surges and tsunamis: All pose a threat to lives and property in Myanmar, international disaster assistance professionals say.

Myanmar’s vulnerability to natural disaster was brought into sharp relief by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, which killed at least 138,000 people and caused more than US$4 billion worth of damage. But since then, experts say, progress has been made in preparing for disasters that should help increase the level of protection provided.

Much of the threat is caused or compounded by climate change, to which Myanmar has contributed very little. But according to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index, released by the global risks advisory firm Maplecroft, Myanmar ranks 10th globally in terms of the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather-related events thought to be caused by climate change.

Read more: Experts see green shoots in disaster preparation efforts

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MANILA, Philippines - The Climate Change Commission recently inked an agreement with the Provincial Government of Albay concerning the establishment of a Climate Change Academy in the province that will serve as a center for education and knowledge sharing on climate adaptation.

CCC Secretary Heherson Alvarez said the move is to ensure that aggressive adaptation measures will be applied in all levels of governance to vulnerable communities.

“Adaptation, through risk reduction and disaster management, is vital as the foundation stone to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations. Without these foundations, MDG programs cannot move ahead,” he said.

Read more: Commission signs pact with Albay on Climate Change Academy

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