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Published on 9 March 2015 Philippines
An offshore residence in Beton, Palawan. Mavic Matillano/WWF "We like fiestas, and we like coming together and celebrating meaningful things," Ibay said, noting that the Philippines has topped participation records from 2009 to 2013.The switch-off will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The WWF urged attendees to come in sporty attire and bright colors for a…
Published on 9 March 2015 Feature
Start by asking the tough questions: This year sees several important negotiation processes coming to a head – the post-2015 process on the SDGs, the UNFCCC process on climate change, the UN’s third Financing for Development Conference in July. These processes are still being progressed as separate streams, so how are we going to bring them closer together? When we get down to the tangible…
Published on 26 November 2014 Southeast Asia
Biodiversity, she noted, is usually discussed in the context of pristine spaces. If you cannot stop people from moving to cities, then cities should be made richer in biodiversity to enhance the quality of life in urban settings, said Dr Chan, who delivered a lecture to more than 150 youths at the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme — National University of Singapore (STEP-NUS) Sunburst Environment Programme…
Published on 26 November 2014 Feature
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/650914/disaster-risk-reduction-is-everybodys-business Source: Inquirer | 16 November 2014
Published on 26 November 2014 Southeast Asia
Citing the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ASEAN for a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Global Climate Deal (A-FAB) coalition said typhoons and other extreme weather events would become more intense and frequent unless governments took immediate steps to move toward a low-carbon economy. Volunteers from Tacloban in the Phillipines sent a message to ASEAN featuring a photo in which…
Published on 26 November 2014 Singapore
The Government will commit S$1.5 billion to support the roll out of the programmes under the blueprint. This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the launch of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 on Saturday (Nov 8). The blueprint, first released in 2009, maps out strategies for Singapore's sustainable development. As part of the review, close to 6,000 people were involved in consultations…
Published on 26 November 2014 Feature
It's May 2014 and I'm accompanying 11-year-old Jednel and his parents to the weekly service. Jednel is one of the children I have got to know through my work with children's charity Plan International. When Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc across the Philippines in November 2013, I was deployed to support the team. Jednel lives in a coastal village in Leyte, which was badly destroyed by…
Published on 26 November 2014 Thailand
Indeed, Thais continue to demonstrate humanity's unmatched ability to adapt. Most businessmen now prefer to remain silent about the economic growth rate this year, which could well fall below 2 per cent. (The International Monetary Fund's forecast is the lowest, at 1 per cent). Along with officials at the Finance and Commerce ministries, they are of the view that it is better to look at…
Published on 26 November 2014 Vietnam
A report by the Committee of Science, Technology and Environment presented to the National Assembly, Vietnam’s legislature, showed that Vietnam is among the countries to be hit hardest by climate change in the coming years. Natural disasters have cost the country around 1.5 percent of its annual gross domestic product (GDP) in the past two decades, the report said, citing findings of a study conducted…
Published on 26 November 2014 Global
The Atlas, which provides comparable risk data for 198 countries across 26 separate issues, identifies Bangladesh as the country most at risk, followed by Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, Philippines, Central African Republic and Eritrea. The growth economies of Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Mozambique also feature in the ‘extreme risk’ category. One of the unifying characteristics of these economies identified by…
Published on 26 November 2014 Malaysia
The Meteorological Department said globally, rainfall patterns would generally change, with highly variable trends occurring over the tropical region. It said some areas would receive an excess of rainfall while others would see a deficit, thus, affecting the availability of water. “Weather-related natural hazards, including severe thunderstorms, rough seas, severe haze, floods, the rise in sea-levels, landslides, droughts and forest fires, are anticipated to increase…
Published on 5 November 2014 Myanmar
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in Nay Pyi Taw on October 30, Kathmandu-based ICIMOD said in a news release issued the next day. “The policy and strategy will help to celebrate and promote the natural and cultural assets of Myanmar’s unique protected areas, from Lampi Marine National Park in the south…
Published on 5 November 2014 Vietnam
They said climate change, which leads to the rising sea levels, can be dealt with since it is a gradual process.In addition, the overheated production development in the area, which has led to environmental pollution, can be settled as well. And the problems associated with three crops of rice (in the past, there were only two harvests a year), which has led to severe floods…
Published on 5 November 2014 Myanmar
The Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)-2014, which began on Monday, is being participated by experts from 26 countries. 280 research papers of six chapters are being presented to the conference for discussions. The research papers deal with environment, natural resources, forestry, geology, agriculture, livestock breeding, minerals, gems, oil and gas, climate change and natural disaster, the sources said. Besides these, papers related to transport…
Published on 5 November 2014 Feature
Why? At our first Development Dialogues conference, the point was summed up neatly by Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Center. Agriculture is one of the main culprits for pushing the boundaries of our planet to the edge, as it accounts for over 70 percent of water use and generates around 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. However, agriculture — and the research that drives…
Published on 5 November 2014 Cambodia
The deals were inked between Cambodian finance minister Aun Pornmoniroth and Eric Sidgwick, ADB country director for Cambodia. The agreements cover a rural roads improvement project, a technical and vocational education and training development program, and a community-based disaster risk reduction project, the bank said in the statement. It said some 66 million U.S. dollars, including a grant aid of 12 million U.S. dollars, will…
Published on 5 November 2014 Singapore
This announcement followed President Tony Tan Keng Yam's visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Friday morning. At the gardens, Dr Tan viewed landscape and plant paintings of Singapore by the prolific English botanical artist Marianne North during her travels around the world. Kew and the Singapore Botanic Garden began collaborating from as early as 1875. In 1877, a batch of Para Rubber seedlings…
Published on 5 November 2014 Southeast Asia
An international consultation on this issue ended with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders emphasizing the need for international and local policies, and joint action to help people displaced by disasters (PDD) in Southeast Asia, one of the regions most vulnerable to disasters. Led by the Nansen Initiative (NI) from October 15 to 17, the consultation aimed to identify the challenges and opportunities that…
Published on 5 November 2014 Philippines
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) chairman Rosendo So said that unlike in urban areas where people can immediately continue with their daily routine when floods subside, people in rural communities have to bear the brunt of lost livelihoods, lost income, and the difficulty of rebuilding their homes. As such, he said there is an urgent need to increase private investments and public expenditures to protect…
Published on 5 November 2014 Malaysia
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released last month shows that the decline of biodiversity in the wider Asia-Pacific region ranks only behind Latin America in the same period. For nearly two decades, WWF’s Living Planet Report, produced in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, Water Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, has monitored the health of our planet. The…
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