Cities need to be recognized, increasingly more so for their role in implementing necessary and timely action to address the impacts of climate change where it matters – at the local level. With majority of the global population living in urban environments, cities are major sources of carbon emissions as well as highly vulnerable to climate impacts. The involvement and participation of cities and urban localities are therefore important and required in terms of both climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.
While much of the debate around climate financing focuses on “how much,” an equally important question is “how?”
2015 is set to be a pivotal year for the global recognition of land and resource rights if momentum in protecting the world's forests and their communities can be kept up, land rights experts and campaigners said on Wednesday.
The recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar as the result of the Myanmar military’s crackdown on illegal logging and timber trade once again pushed the issue of Myanmar high up on China’s foreign policy priorities.
The government is planning further crackdowns on the illegal timber trade in northern Myanmar, a senior government official says, and also plans to reduce legal logging in the coming years.
Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates. Addressing vulnerabilities in rural Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ecuador and India. IASS Study. Potsdam.
The Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake just off the coast of the province of Aceh on tip the Indonesian island of Sumatra, released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs and devastated coastal towns and communities.
The Solomon Islands (SI) possess an eco-region with distinct rainforest and some untapped minerals.
With the COP21 in Paris in 2015 and its prospect of producing a new international, binding climate agreement and Habitat III in 2016, the momentum to benefit from cities’ experiences around the globe with sustainable
Japan's Ministry of Defense will begin assisting Myanmar and the Philippines with training military personnel in disaster relief and maritime security by March 2015.
DESPITE wars and decades of general hostility, the Indus Waters Treaty between Pakistan and India has held for 54 years. The treaty has also survived allegations that India is 'stealing’ Pakistan’s water, and that India was behind the recent destructive flooding in the Chenab.
For the first time, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi backs a successful conclusion to the new global climate treaty scheduled to be signed in Paris next year and agrees to strengthen cooperation with the US.
In western Myanmar a Chinese-backed energy and trading hub is taking shape on a remote island.
The mood at a ramshackle bar in this village on Ramree Island, in western Myanmar's Rakhine State, is one of fatalism punctuated by the occasional comic trope.
The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case. China is one of the world’s largest importers of timber products.