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Published on 25 November 2020 by Catherine Teves Philippines
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is seeking increased public-private cooperation on strengthening environmental and climate change awareness and education nationwide. Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, CCC vice chairperson and executive director, said such cooperation is necessary to better help the country pursue sustainable development and build resilience to threats like climate change and the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. "Now, more than ever, we must heed…
Published on 18 November 2020 Vietnam
The Vietnamese Government has committed to joining hands with governments in the region and the world to reduce biodiversity loss by 2030 for sustainable development.Deputy head of the Vietnam Environment Administration’s Biodiversity Conservation Agency and head of Vietnam’s ASEAN working group on biodiversity preservation, Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan, made the statement while attending the 22nd Meeting of the Governing Board of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), held via video…
Published on 9 November 2020 Philippines
As the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries are frequently visited by typhoons and experience extreme weather phenomena, Agriculture Secretary William Dar enjoined fellow ASEAN members to work together in building a strong, resilient, and sustainable agriculture and fishery sector to withstand adverse effects of climate change. “The effects of climate change, along with the destruction caused by natural disasters, make it more difficult to ensure…
Published on 9 November 2020 by Kanis Dursin Indonesia
In West Jakarta, Indonesia, teachers at the private Santo Kristoforus High School are so environmentally conscious they make other schools seem a little bit green when it comes to environmental education. “We integrate environmental issues into science, especially natural science subjects. At school we teach them to conserve water and electricity. And since we don’t have a designated area for students to grow and learn…
Published on 9 November 2020 by Phan Anh Vietnam
International climate scientists plan to conduct a study on central Vietnam’s storm-triggered rainfall last month to determine the role of climate change in the region’s extreme weather events. The scientists from the World Weather Attribution group have agreed to conduct the detailed study, which would involve the precise setting of the parameters in space and time of the rainfall episode being studied, along with the…
Published on 5 November 2020 Vietnam
The coastline of Vietnam is increasingly exposed to natural disasters, resulting in significant human and economic losses, but current risk management measures prove inadequate. A new resilience development strategy is urgently needed ─ otherwise, additional economic growth over the next decade in the range of billions of dollars could be wiped away by natural shocks, according to a new report by the World Bank. The…
Published on 4 November 2020 by Philippine Institute for Development Studies Philippines
As the country faces more destructive typhoons, intense rains, and severe flash floods due to climate change, it is vital to integrate science-based information in the development plans of local government units (LGUs). Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, executive director of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI), underscored this point in a webinar organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) as…
Published on 26 October 2020 Philippines
In observance of the annual World Habitat Day, with this year’s theme “Housing For All: A Better Urban Future,” the Climate Change Commission (CCC) urged leaders from the public and private sectors to enable sustainable and climate-adaptive systems within the housing sector in order to improve shelter and other human settlement concerns within cities and communities. Observed every first Monday of October, World Habitat Day…
Published on 24 October 2020 by James Kon Brunei Darussalam
The Brunei Climate Change Secretariat under the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) is in the process of coming up with operation documents to set activities and initiatives, to achieve the 10 core strategic areas under the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). These key strategic areas, with objectives under the BNCCP to be implemented in the next 15 years, include industrial…
Published on 23 October 2020 by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz Philippines
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has tapped 16 academic institutions to provide technical assistance to their respective local government units (LGUs) on the development of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP). CCC has slated several sessions this month for the Accelerated Climate Action and Transformation (ACT) online conference to orient representatives of 16 higher education institutions (HEIs) on climate science, issues, vulnerabilities, and risks, as…
Published on 11 October 2020 by James Kon Brunei Darussalam
Increasing awareness and educating the public are essential in the response to climate change. It will help create understanding among the society on the cause and effects and the impact of climate change, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad said. He stressed that one of the major tasks in preparing the community to adapt to climate…
Published on 11 October 2020 Cambodia
Prime Minister Hun Sen has firmly reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to contribute to global efforts in dealing with climate change issue. “Despite limited resources and capabilities, Cambodia is highly committed, with political will, to contributing to global efforts in addressing climate change according to key principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially the principle of ‘Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective…
Published on 11 October 2020 Vietnam
About 6,000 families in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak will benefit from a Green Climate Fund (GCF)-funded project on boosting farmers’ resilience amid water insecurity caused by climate change.The figure was released at a meeting on October 6 between the provincial People’s Committee and a delegation from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to discuss the 33-million USD project on strengthening the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change-induced water…
Published on 6 October 2020 by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz Southeast Asia
Climate scientists across Asia have called for urgent action and stronger collaboration in addressing climate change in developing countries, despite the setbacks brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. APIK Indonesia Network (Indonesia Expert Network for Climate Change and Forestry) chairman Mahawan Karuniasa emphasized the need for a low carbon and sustainable recovery from the pandemic. In a statement, Karuniasa said that the current situation should…
Published on 3 October 2020 by Merlina Hernando-Malipot Philippines
The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the Rapid Assessment of Damages Report (RADaR) mobile and web applications to ensure immediate response interventions and learning continuity in the event of disasters and other emergencies. DepEd launched the mobile and web applications on Sept. 22 and 24 in partnership with Save the Children Philippines and Prudence Foundation. “The RADaR mobile and web applications will support our…
Published on 30 September 2020 by Climate Change Commission Philippines
In celebration of International Literacy Day today, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) underscored the role of climate educators in enhancing the country’s climate science literacy to effectively communicate climate change impacts and adaptation pathways to vulnerable communities in the country. International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8 every year to raise awareness and concern for literacy problems that exist within our local communities as well as…
Published on 30 September 2020 by By Minh Hai – Translated by Vien Hong Vietnam
Understanding that Vietnam is one of the most heavily suffered countries of climate change, the Government has already introduced the national adaptation plan to this environmental issue in the period from 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has, therefore, prepared its own solutions to successfully carry out this plan, ensuring both social security and sustainable development.k In the last 50…
Published on 22 September 2020 by Chito Chavez Philippines
The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has signed an agreement with the Energy Development Corp. (EDC) for the conservation of the 11 most critically endangered native tree species in the Philippines. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by ERDB Director Henry Adornado and EDC Corporate Support Function Group Head and Assistant Vice President Regina…
Published on 22 September 2020 by Hoang Vu Vietnam
The Mekong Delta, Vietnam's agriculture hub, needs $4.7 to $6.7 billion in 2021-2025 for smart projects to tackle climate change, the World Bank says. A report released by the bank last week says there are considerable opportunities for further development of the Mekong Delta region, which spans 3.94 million hectares (9.7 acres) and is home to 17.5 million people, or a fifth of the country’s…
Published on 22 September 2020 by Vincent Piket and Peter Schoof Indonesia
As the world grapples with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and starts dealing with its longerterm impacts, governments and societies take a moment to reflect on what we can learn from this crisis and use these lessons to build a better future. We would underline three key lessons. With more than half of the global population locked down, the first lesson learned is the…
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