Regional Development Bank

GMS Countries Call for Investment in Natural Capital Assets [viewed]

ADB29 January 2015: Environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries agreed that natural capital assets, such as forests and farmlands, are the basis for sustainable development in the region, at the close of the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting (EMM4). They also called for timely and effective investment in the protection and enhancement of these assets.

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Event: Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting [viewed]

The Asian Development Bank is organising this event in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), bringing together over 200 leading policy and decision makers from government and non-government organisations for a series of events on the theme, “Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the GMS”. The three days of meetings will include a natural capital business forum, a biodiversity landscapes forum, a youth environment meeting and one-day natural capital dialogue. Environment ministers from the six GMS countries of China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam will meet on the third day.  

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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AfDB Highlights its Activities in Fight Against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

AfDB30 October 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported on the event, 'Conserving Biodiversity at the African Development Bank' as well as other activities focused on wildlife crime it organized at the margins of the Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region [viewed]

ADB-Greater Mekong10 October 2014: Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa [viewed]

ifpri-afdbOctober 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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Event: 14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop [viewed]

This meeting will convene representatives and partners from the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in order to discuss issues related to REDD+ in the region, the revised convergence plan of Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), ways and means to address drivers of deforestation, and the loss of forest biodiversity.  

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