January 2010: Volume 3

This newsletter is brought to you by the UNDP Regional Team and is meant to give you the latest and greatest news and information from our activities in the Asia-Pacific Region. It includes updates on: new project approvals; impacts and results; policy and mainstreaming work; noteworthy climate, environment and energy announcements; staff movements; events; and our activities in the Pacific.

Martin Krause, Team Leader

Newsletter Contents


In the fourth quarter of 2009, the UNDP Regional Climate, Environment and Energy team facilitated access to GEF and LDCF funding for 13 projects (worth $46,633,112). Four projects worth $10,620,000 of GEF, LDCF and UN-REDD funding began implementation.


This quarter's newsletter details impacts and results from the biodiversity and climate mitigation portfolios.


This section features two interventions from our Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Portfolio. In Timor-Leste the development of the National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation is well underway as well as the preparation of SLM Mainstreaming Guidelines and capacity building within key government agencies. In Bhutan we are supporting numerous demonstrations of SLM to mitigate land degradation. This section also features mainstreaming news from our International Waters portfolio highlighting the Seas of East Asia Programme (PEMSEA).


Noteworthy climate, environment and energy news from the region includes:


Six events from the fourth quarter of 2009 are highlighted here. Events planned for the first quarter of 2010 are also listed.


In the last quarter, the UNDP Regional Climate, Environment and Energy team welcomed Yusuke Taishi on a short secondment from Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. We also said goodbye to one valuable team member, Pia Treichel.


UNDP is providing policy, technical, knowledge and programme development/implementation services to Pacific Island Countries (PICs) on a wide range of climate, environment and energy related topics. UNDP has assisted PICs to access financial resources for climate, environment and energy programmes worth approximately USD 79 million over the last 4 years. UNDP country offices in Suva, Apia and Port Moresby are staffed with dedicated environment officers and supported by Regional Technical Advisors based in Samoa, the UNDP Pacific Centre in Fiji and the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok. As a response to PICs priorities, UNDP’s assistance is increasingly focusing on climate change adaptation. This volume of the “Pacific Brief” presents highlights from two renewable energy interventions (SEDREA and PIGGAREP); climate adaptation activities in Samoa and Tuvalu; the regional waters resources programme (IWRM); consultation on the Asia-Pacific Human Development Report on climate change and the latest portfolio statistics.


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