January 13, 2017UNDP
UNDP's Response to El Nino and La Nina: From recurring crisis to resilience
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.
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January 01, 2017Mekong Business Initiative
2016 Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) Annual Report
The Australian Government’s Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) was launched in early 2015 to catalyze private sector-led innovation and growth in the emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market. It is an advisory facility financed jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Australia’s Department of Foreign Aﬀairs and Trade (DFAT), for a total of $10.5 million. MBI, which is managed by ADB, focuses on Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, and Vietnam (collectively–CLMV) because these countries are linked geographically; they have similar natural resources and agrarian economies (although Vietnam is more industrialized); and they have strong potential for economic growth but need to improve the environment for private enterprise and innovation to catch up with their ASEAN counterparts.
To achieve MBI’s expected outcome of an improved business enabling environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), MBI carries out its activities through subprojects under three pillars: improved public-private dialogue on private sector development (PSD) policies and regulations, a more robust financing environment, and a more dynamic ecosystem for innovation.
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January 01, 2017CIFOR
CIFOR Priorities 2017: Advancing research for forests and people
Aligned with CIFOR’s 2016-2025 Strategy, this document serves as a ‘road map’ to putting the strategy in practice through our impact-oriented research, capacity building, and outreach and engagement activities. Produced on a yearly basis and reviewed at CIFOR’s Annual Meeting, it aims to guide funding partners, implementing partners and staff on CIFOR’s current and future plans to meet the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world.
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January 01, 2017Biodiversity International
Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes from Bioversity International’s research
Bioversity International uses a gender lens to support the differentiated gender-specific knowledge and priorities linked to women’s and men’s access and management of resources. Women and men have different aspirations, skills and knowledge. The following pages comprise a series of fact sheets featuring Bioversity International case studies with local NGOs and partners. These case studies illustrate successful outcomes in gender and biodiversity through the use of gender-specific research methods.Creating_GSICP.pdf (15 MB)Click to close
January 01, 2017FAO
Guide for planning, construction and maintenance of forest roads
The first part of the Manual introduces the main steps of forest road network planning and gives guidance on road construction under different site conditions. It demonstrates good practices to minimize the area used for building purposes, to keep the environmental impact as low as possible and to maintain forest productivity. It describes the machinery suitable for the different construction phases and compares the advantages of machine types. The second part of the Manual introduces the goals and best practices of regular forest road maintenance which is a key operation that enables multi-purpose use of forests. It gives an overview on the main causes of forest road degradation and explains the different maintenance regimes and maintenance activities.a-i7051e.pdf (18 MB)Click to close
January 01, 2017FAO
Strategic Work of FAO to Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods
Together with its partners, FAO works to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods at risk of disasters and crises. People with resilient livelihoods are better able to withstand damage, recover and adapt when disasters cannot be avoided. The increasing frequency and intensity of disasters caused by climate change reinforces the urgency to build the resilience of agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable communities.
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January 01, 2017IGES
Waste Management in Myanmar: Current Status, Key Challenges and Recommendations for National and City Waste Management Strategies
This policy report reviews the current status of waste management in Myanmar and confirms that it remains at a preliminary stage, attributed to challenges at both the national and city levels resulting from a range of technical, social, economic and institutional constraints. Accordingly, the overall guidance of this report is the need for Myanmar to develop a national waste management strategy to serve as a principal framework for waste policies and practices across the country; such a strategy should be designed with a view towards supporting city-level strategies and actions, and focus on the piloting and execution of concrete actions led by Township and City Development Committees. In order to ensure that these national and city waste management strategies are implemented in a coordinated, cost-effective and efficient manner, the report concludes by providing a number of policy recommendations.
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December 20, 2016WWF
Myanmar's Electricity Vision
This comprehensive study proves that renewable energy for Myanmar is not only technically feasible but also economically feasible compared to the so-called “cheap” traditional technologies. The development of Myanmar’s power sector will require multi-billion dollar investment over the next three decades and our analysis shows that a diverse mix of renewable energy, in combination with energy efficiency measures, will be the best solution for the sustainable power development of Myanmar.
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December 20, 2016ADB
Myanmar: Energy Assessment, Strategy, and Road MapClick to close
December 19, 2016UNEP
Transboundary Lakes and Reservoirs: Status and Future Trends (Volume 2)
Water is an essential requirement for all life, and the most important global integrator connecting aquatic andterrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere in a continuing cycle of use and replenishment. Humans use freshwatersystems to address the widest range of human health and socioeconomic development needs. Lakes and reservoirsare especially important in this context, numbering in the millions and existing on every continent (the term ‘lakes’refers to both natural and artificial lakes [reservoirs]). The total number of lakes on our planet collectively coverapproximately 4.2 million km2 of land area, equivalent to half the land area of the contiguous United States. It isestimated that more than 90 per cent of all the liquid freshwater on the surface of our planet is located in lakes,reservoirs, wetlands and other lentic (standing) water systems.Volume2_Transboundary Lakes and Reservoirs_Status and Trends.pdf (6 MB)Click to close