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DFID steps up support for Rohingya refugees as monsoon season looms
20 March 2018

DFID steps up support for Rohingya refugees as monsoon season looms

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has increased support to Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon season. Bangladesh’s annual cyclone and monsoon season is fast approaching which poses significant threats to the refugee community living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Estimates suggest that almost 1 million people have fled from neighbouring...

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Investment in sustainable water management is critical for Vietnam
19 March 2018

Investment in sustainable water management is critical for Vietnam

Vietnam is facing a water crisis driven by environmental damage, climate change and unsustainable water exploitation. Additionally, the country is struggling to address challenges in resource management in environmentally sustainable ways. Last week in Hanoi the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop in preparation of World Water...

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Natural disasters in Asia caused $48 billion worth of damage to agriculture in 2017
16 March 2018

Natural disasters in Asia caused $48 billion worth of damage to agriculture in 2017

A report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) revealed that between 2005 and 2015 Asia suffered the most significant economic losses from natural disasters. The FAO revealed the figures in their report ‘The impacts of disaster and crisis on agriculture and food security 2017’. Half of the damage caused...

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Linking local production and refugee nutrition is key to ‘maintain harmony’ in Cox’s Bazar
15 March 2018

Linking local production and refugee nutrition is key to ‘maintain harmony’ in Cox’s Bazar

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has distributed seeds and agricultural machinery to over 500 host families in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to enable them to grow new varieties of crops to sell and eat. The FAO hopes this will also help to improve the nutrition of Rohingya refugees in the...

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Solar power gets another boost from India, France and the ADB
13 March 2018

Solar power gets another boost from India, France and the ADB

​The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) have signed a new agreement to promote the development of solar energy in Asia and the pacific. This includes solar power generation, solar based mini grids and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids. The ISA was established...

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Japan signs $5.2 million agreement with UNDP to support six Pacific nations
13 March 2018

Japan signs $5.2 million agreement with UNDP to support six Pacific nations

Last week the government of Japan signed a USD$5.2 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to upscale its current parliamentary development work and support six Pacific Nations. Thanks to the programme, the UNDP will provide new support to the Parliaments of Samoa, Republic of Marshall Islands and...

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Disaster resilience and post disaster recovery in Asia
12 March 2018

Disaster resilience and post disaster recovery in Asia

The latest report by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) found that natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense in Asia, with disaster risk outpacing resilience. ESCAP also estimates that between 2015 and 2030 40% of global economic losses from disasters will be...

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Vietnam to construct 4,000 storm proof homes to protect against climate change
12 March 2018

Vietnam to construct 4,000 storm proof homes to protect against climate change

A new partnership between the UN and Vietnam will see storm proof houses built in vulnerable coastal communities. The 29.5 million housing scheme will be funded by the UN Green Climate Fund and aims to increase the resilience of Vietnamese coastal communities to the effects of climate change. The project...

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Resilience to climate change in Asia-Pacific depends on gender equality, says UNEP
08 March 2018

Resilience to climate change in Asia-Pacific depends on gender equality, says UNEP

The United Nations Environment Programme have highlighted that for the Asia-Pacific region to develop a long term and sustainable resilience to the effects of climate change, they must address two key factors: human vulnerability and gender inequality. Around the world women are effected more significantly and frequently by climate change...

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APEC accelerates early warning systems after the record breaking disasters of 2017
06 March 2018

APEC accelerates early warning systems after the record breaking disasters of 2017

APEC member economies are fast-tracking the development of digital safeguards in the areas of the Asia-Pacific region that are notably vulnerable to natural disasters. Emergency management officials from APEC hope that this will boost vulnerable communities and livelihoods. 2017 was a year marked by an unusually high and severe number...

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Energy efficiency is a top priority for Vietnam
05 March 2018

Energy efficiency is a top priority for Vietnam

The World Bank and Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced a $102 million project to support the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in industrial enterprises. The project will provide industrial enterprises with access to a new line of credit to fund their purchase of energy efficient...

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Sri Lanka is hopeful a new pumping station will protect against flooding
02 March 2018

Sri Lanka is hopeful a new pumping station will protect against flooding

At the start of 2018 work began in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to construct a large pumping station designed to extract water from flood prone parts of the city. Colombo sits on the Kelani River making it vulnerable to flooding as during heavy rainfall the hills and plans of west Colombo...

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World Bank announces new climate resilience plans to benefit 25 million in India
01 March 2018

World Bank announces new climate resilience plans to benefit 25 million in India

The World Bank has announced a $420 million project to increase climate resilience financial and viability in agriculture for small and marginal farmers in India. The project is set to benefit over 25 million people across over 5000 villages in India’s districts of Marathwada and Vidarbha which are most vulnerable...

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A new project puts women at the forefront of climate resilience in Bangladesh
28 February 2018

A new project puts women at the forefront of climate resilience in Bangladesh

The Green Climate Fund has approved a US$25 million grant to support Bangladesh’s efforts to build the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities along the cost. The initiative will focus on women and adolescent girls and is set to benefit 700,000 people over 6 years. The project will be led by...

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LAO PDR launches comprehensive new plans to tackle stunting
26 February 2018

LAO PDR launches comprehensive new plans to tackle stunting

Representatives from two provinces in Lao PDR have agreed on a comprehensive new approach to reducing stunting. The new initiative will include a focus on diversified food production, delivering better healthcare, providing clean water, improving sanitation facilities and enhancing social safety net programmes. Lao PDR has a significantly high prevalence...

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Solar panels are bringing 40,000 litres of water a day to families in Nepal
22 February 2018

Solar panels are bringing 40,000 litres of water a day to families in Nepal

In April 2015 Nepal experienced a severe earthquake that killed almost 9,000 people and disrupted the lives of 8 million, one of the key disruptions in rural areas was reduced access to clean water. The recovery process has been a challenge due to a number of reasons including funding delays....

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How can India’s agricultural industry prepare for climate change?
20 February 2018

How can India’s agricultural industry prepare for climate change?

India’s latest annual economic survey revealed that climate change could hurt the income of Indian farmers by up to 25% in the medium term. India is expected to experience extreme weather events, temperature rise and a decrease in rainful due to climate change, all of which threaten livelihoods across the...

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WHO calls for a significant scaling up of health services in Cox’s Bazar
20 February 2018

WHO calls for a significant scaling up of health services in Cox’s Bazar

The World Health Organisation (WHO) are calling for an increase in health services to the 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar. Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh has become home to approximately 688,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar since August 2017, joining approximately 212,500 others who had arrived at an earlier date. The influx...

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Monsoon season poses a serious risk for Bangladesh’s refugee communities
19 February 2018

Monsoon season poses a serious risk for Bangladesh’s refugee communities

Severe weather brought on by the monsoon season in Bangladesh poses a significant risk to the refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar. Since August 2017 the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) estimates that 688,001 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh. A large number of these refugees are living in an overcrowded and hilly...

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Solar power is key for bringing electricity to all Indians
13 February 2018

Solar power is key for bringing electricity to all Indians

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a $2.5 billion plan to electrify every Indian household by 2019. Currently 240 million still have no access to electrical power; solar power is likely to play a large role in the push to connect all of India to electricity. In India 60%...

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