Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nagao Wetland Fund - Invitation for Applications

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat wishes to acknowledge the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) in Japan for their generous voluntary donation to establish the Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF) which will be administered by the Ramsar Secretariat.

The NWF is intended to support Contracting Parties in the Asia-Oceania region on small-scale projects with a maximum offer of 18,000 USD per project. However, the funding is not intended to replace the need for most developing countries and countries in transition to have access to much more substantial levels of funding in order to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of their wetland resources.

The projects should be identified as a national priority by the Contracting Party in the implementation of the Convention's Strategic Plan 2016-2024.

The NWF is open for application from eligible Contracting Parties and those overseas territories in the Asia-Oceania region included in the DAC List of ODA Recipients.

Please refer to the attached for more information. All project proposals MUST be submitted using the form "Request for Funding Form" (attached), which should be endorsed by the Ramsar Administrative Authority in your country.

The deadline for all submissions is 31 December.

All correspondence to this email must be forwarded to the Assistant Advisor for Asia-Oceania Region, Ms. Rosi Waqanisau (asia.oceani@ramsar.com).

I look forward to receiving your applications and please feel free to contact Ms. Rosi Waqanisau or Dr.Lew Young (YOUNG@ramsar.org)  if you have any questions. Wishing you all the best.


Rosi Waqanisau
Assistant  Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Ramsar Convention Secretariat
28 rue Mauverney, CH-1196 Gland (Switzerland)
Tel. +41 22 999 0138; fax +41 22 999 0169

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Summaries for policymakers for scenarios and models as well as pollination assessments

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25 Aug 2016

Ref:  EM/2016/35

Dear  ,

I am very pleased to announce the release today of the electronic laid-out versions of the Summaries for Policymakers (SPM) of both the IPBES Methodological Assessment of Scenarios & Models of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services as well as on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production.

The SPM on scenarios may be accessed/downloaded from the IPBES website at: http://goo.gl/LcrpbE The printed version was officially released today at an event in Montpellier, France. The media release from the event today is also available here: http://goo.gl/dUJeDt

The SPM on pollinators may be accessed/downloaded from the IPBES website at: http://goo.gl/eTDu9S

As you may recall, both SPMs were approved by the IPBES Plenary in Malaysia in February this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank our assessment co-chairs, as well as every expert who contributed to these very important IPBES outputs.   

Your assistance in sharing the SPMs – especially with relevant policymakers in your respective networks and countries – would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Dr Anne Larigauderie | Executive Secretary
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
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Announcement: Training on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation

A comprehensive three days training program to enable government officials to prepare

fundable project proposals for climate change adaptation. The training is offered jointly by The Climate Change Asia (CCA), Asian Institute of Technology and USAID (through their Adapt Asia-Pacific Project).

The objectives of the course are:

·      help in understanding climate change realities and risks; how to manage risks, screen for sensitivities, and address key vulnerable groups and areas; how climate change adaptation can be grounded in national development plans and broader national adaptation policy and strategic frameworks.

·      aid in identifying sources of international funding options and develop capacities for accessing those sources.

·      build capacity in project preparation for climate change adaptation by illustrating 'how-to' methods, tools and processes for use in rigorous adaptation project/program design in line with policies and plans.

·      provide an introduction to Implementation and monitoring of projects.

Organizer: The Climate Change Asia (CCA) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) aims to meet the capacity building needs in the Asia Pacific region, in line with the Paris Agreement and 2030 Development Agenda. The overall goal of the CCA Program is to "assist countries to meet, and even surpass, the targets outlined in their INDCs by enhancing national capacities to meet diverse but specific needs—technical, institutional, and policy-related". The Program has two broad outputs. First, to build capacities of government officials, private sector managers, NGOs and other key actors in the region in identifying and managing climate change responses, over the next five years, consistent with nationally determined contributions. Second, to translate these enhanced capacities into on-the-ground action, by equipping countries with the knowledge and skills required to prepare, secure financing for, and implement 'bankable' climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.


Target participants: The training is open to government officials that manage project proposal and development from participants from South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Venue: Ozo Hotel, No. 36-38, Clifford Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka. http://www.ozohotels.com/colombo-srilanka/

Course Fee: USD 1,500 per participant. The course fee would include the course material as well as refreshments and lunch during the training. Participants are expected to make their own flight and accommodation arrangements.

Deadline for Registration: 15th September, 2016

For more information regarding the training, registration and course fee payment contact cca@ait.asia