January 23, 2014UNEP
Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support A Green Economy
REDD+ is the approach adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests. REDD+ stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, plus conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (UNFCCC, 2010). If systematically pursued, REDD+ would bring new momentum and new funding to the task of preserving the world’s forests. REDD+ is already delivering important outcomes as it brings further world attention to the conservation of tropical forests, monitoring the state of forests, and the contributions of people living in and around forests.building_natural_capital_full_report_english.pdf (18 MB)Click to close
December 16, 2013Asian Development Bank
ADB: Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Initial Sector Assessment, Strategy and Road Map for Myanmar
This sector assessment, strategy, and road map highlights the Government of Myanmar’s plans and strategies for addressing priority needs for the agriculture, natural resources, and environment sector and identifies possible preliminary areas of international assistance. It assesses key sector development needs by analyzing the strengths, constraints and weaknesses, various risks, and potential threats, as well as the opportunities, including further evolving the development partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).ADB 2013 Myanmar Agriculture, Environment Assement.pdf (5 MB)Click to close
November 30, 2013Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Green Growth Strategies in Asia: Drivers and Political Entry Points
Green Growth Strategies in Asia - Drivers and Political Entry Points:
-Despite their relatively poor environmental performance in recent decades, manyAsian countries are beginning to develop green growth strategies.
-These strategies utilize different entry points for promoting continued economicgrowth and employment generation, while improving living conditions and addressingthe imperatives of resource efficiency and environmental protection.
The incentives and drivers vary across countries and depend on the respective developmentmodels, resource endowments, financial resources and technological capacities.
-Success depends crucially on the development of a new, broader set of state capacities.These include not only capacities to develop and consistently enforce a robustset of environmental policies, but also to ensure their coherence with other policydomains, in particular innovation and industrial policies.
-In order to scale-up these emerging initiatives into broader transition strategies,the development and further strengthening of corresponding political discoursesand societal coalitions is needed. Such strategies will have to consider the politicaleconomy of reforms, incorporate questions of social justice and address the interestsof key stakeholders.Green Growth Strategies in Asia.pdf (217 KB)Click to close
November 27, 2013GMS Core Environment Program
Planning Sustainable Investments in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This CEP brief summarizes the methodology and lessons learned from a Spatial Multicriteria Assessment (SMCA) recently applied to the GMS Regional Investment Framework. It concludes that SMCA is a valuable tool to help decision makers understand and respond to the economic, environmental, and social risks of investments. For example, SMCA can assist decision-makers to prioritize investments, determine appropriate land allocation, and plan mitigation measures.Planning Sustainable Investments in the GMS_web.pdf (1 MB)Click to close
November 19, 2013WWF
Heart of Borneo: Investing in Nature for a Green Economy
Until now we have put almost no effort in calculating the value of the Borneo forests. It takes the first steps towards quantifying the unseen value of nature in the Heart of Borneo and tells us that with concerted action, a green development pathway is indeed possible, with greater benefits for everybody, including indigenous communities and the poor. It presents a beacon of hope, with conservation, development and economic growth going hand in hand. In order to implement its message, the real value of natural capital must be reflected in btoh fiscal planning and the prices of goods and services. There must be financial incentives to stimulate the proper husbandry of natural resources, with realistic valuations given to the crucial issue of the growth of low-carbon markets and sustainable, pro-poor economies. Carbon finance through REDD+ can be a key mechanism to safeguard the forests and unlock their true value. Governments must take the lead and work with civil society, indigenous groups and the private sector to make sustainable forest management financially worthwhile. The Heart of Borneo is an excellent place to begin. We urgently need a new path towards a sustainable future-one which places a true economic value on nature's gifts and the role they play in providing us with the necessities of life.heart_of_borneo_green_economy_main_report_2012.pdf (15 MB)
This report will help us to get closer to creating the green economies that will ensure food, water and energy security for all.Click to close
October 31, 2013Asian Development Bank
Energy Outlook for Asia and the Pacific
This ADB book provides an energy outlook for the region up to the year 2035 to help identify policy, social, infrastructure, and technology issues that must be addressed to meet future energy needs of ADB members in Asia and the Pacific.ADB energy outlook in Asia.pdf (2 MB)Click to close
October 13, 2013Asian Development Bank
ADB Environment Operational Directions 2013 – 2020
In the context of Strategy 2020 and in the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), this ADB report provides a coherent overview of ADB environment operations and to articulate how it will step up efforts to help the region achieve a transition to environmentally sustainable growth or green growth. Building on ADB sector and thematic plans, this paper includes a brief review of recent ADB experience in environment operations, and identifies effective approaches for the development of “greener” country partnership strategies, investment projects, and associated knowledge and technical assistance activities.ADB Environment Operational Directions 2013-2020 - Green Growth.pdf (911 KB)Click to close
September 04, 2013Asian Development Bank
Prospects for Carbon Capture and Storage in Southeast Asia
This ADB report was produced under the Technical Assistance Grant: Determining the Potential for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Southeast Asia (TA 7575-REG), and is focused on an assessment of the CCS potential in Thailand, Viet Nam, and specific regions of Indonesia (South Sumatra) and the Philippines (Calabarzon).ADB Carbon Capture Storage Southeast Asia 2013.pdf (3 MB)Click to close
August 27, 2013Asian Development Bank
Climate Risks in the Mekong Delta-Ca Mau and Kien Giang Provinces of Viet Nam
This ADB report provides provincial and district policy makers with an understanding of the key areas of vulnerability and hotspots with regard to climate change in Viet Nam in the period up to 2050. The study identifies potential future climate conditions in the Mekong Delta region and assesses the effects of future climate scenarios on natural, social, and economic systems in the region.ADB climate-risks-mekong-delta.pdf (6 MB)Click to close