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Dear Reader,

The year 2016 has been an exciting time for us as some important events took place within SNRD Asia and beyond. From the first joint conference with TUEWAS (Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia) in June calling for a more concerted effort in working towards the 2030 Agenda, the setting-up of a taskforce on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the establishment of a joint secretariat to increasing synergies with TUEWAS – these are among the many new and promising developments and still counting!

This is not just a quantitative leap forward; we believe it is also qualitative. The overarching concept of sector networks is aptly noted in the SDG 17, Partnership for the Goals, which urges strong partnership “to enhance knowledge sharing, expertise, technology and financial resources”. To do so, we at SNRD Asia are committed to explore more opportunities and push the boundary for innovative cross-cutting and cross-border cooperation.

In the meantime, find out more about other interesting news below. And as always, we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Hope you enjoy this latest issue!

Best regards,

Lena Kern,

SNRD Asia Spokesperson





Sustainable and Inclusive Development in East Asia and the Global Economy
5-6 Nov 2016
Bandung, Indonesia

Marrakech Climate Change Conference: UNFCCC COP 22
7-18 Nov 2016
Marrakech, Morocco

Brown Bag Lunch on improved transparency, broad participation and traceability in timber supply chains
21 Nov 2016
Organized by Sector Program International Forest Policy and the Support Program to the Lao EU-FLEGT process

ADB First Green Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific
22-24 Nov 2016
Manila, the Philippines

UNESCAP Follow-up and Review for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
1 Dec 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

In this section, you will find some focus articles contributed by our WG members. For this issue, please read on to see contribution from the WG Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)

Leaving a Greener Legacy: Philippine REDD+ Congress approved First Joint Declaration on REDD+

The municipality of Macrohon, situated in Southern Leyte, recently witnessed the first signing that will pave way for a greener effort on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, also known as REDD+.

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New publication on SIS-REDD+ operationalization in Indonesia!

To communicate the valuable experiences and lessons learned to the wider REDD+ community, both in Indonesia and internationally, a new book has been jointly developed. Titled “Safeguards Information System for REDD+ in Indonesia – Moving towards an Operational SIS-REDD+”

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Myanmar determined to support and promote cooperation for REDD+ in the Himalayan Region as GIZ new initiative set to launch

With the objective of improving the conditions for implementing REDD+ measures to mitigate climate change that are socially and environmentally sound in the four Himalayan countries of Bhutan, India, Myanmar, and Nepal, the REDD+ Himalaya Initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

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Call for Abstracts: “125 Years of IUFRO” Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany, from 19- 24 September 2017

Although the event is still a year down the road the Call for Abstracts has already been opened and will close on 30th November. The Congress provides a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge across all scientific disciplines relevant in forest research. Two sessions of the event should be of special

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New opportunities for improved forest governance in Laos

An analysis of Chinese and Vietnamese customs data shows that the timber exports to both countries increased by 70% between 2012 and 2014 and reached around 1,600,000 m3 (round timber equivalents) in 2014. For this period, customs data show that VietNam and China officially import at least five times more wood from Laos than Laos officially exported to both countries.

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Special Updates

Read on to see where SNRD Asia currently stands with its members, Working Groups, SDG focuses and overall thematic breakdowns with this special updates.


November brown-bag lunch on improved transparency, broad participation and traceability in timber supply chains

The Sector Program International Forest Policy and the Support Program to the Lao EU-FLEGT process jointly organize a brown-bag lunch on improved transparency, broad participation and traceability in timber supply chains – what other sectors and initiatives could learn from the FLEGT process. For more details of the event

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Greater partnerships by governments, civil society and business is needed in order to bridge gaps in policy and practice

The ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) participated in the 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum with the theme “Adapting and Living under 2C: Bridging Gaps in Policy and Practice”, which was held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on October 17-19, 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Finalization of the Emission Reduction Program Document in Viet Nam

Since the submission of the ER-PIN[1] in May 2014 to the Carbon Fund, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has been supporting the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in drafting the Emission Reduction Program Document (ERPD) for in the North Central Agro-Ecological Re­gion (Fig. 1) of Viet Nam. This region covers 6 provinces comprising 2.3 million hectares of na­­tural forests and various high-value biodi­ver­sity conservation areas.

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Joint Task Force Sustainable Development Goals is on the move!

The call for members and a speaker for the new SDGs taskforce has been very successful: During the very first virtual “Kick-Off” Meeting on 13 October, Michael Timm was selected as new speaker and Felix Huebner as Co-Speaker — congratulations to both of them and good luck! But that was by means all, an interdisciplinary group of 15 members around Asia from both Sector Networks SNRD Asia and TUEWAS are motivated to investigate how to implement the integrated approaches of the Agenda 2030 into the Sector Networks, Working Groups and beyond.

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This section introduces the new faces in the network, and/or new developments we do not want you to miss out!

“Hello, I am Carina van Weelden and an enthusiastic new member of SNRD Asia (WG for Biodiversity and TF on SDGs) for the Project “Management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests for Biodiversity Conservation and Increased Adaptation to Climate Change” (SMP) based in Bangladesh. After an assignment with UNEP Mexico, I am delighted that SNRD allows me to reconnect with colleagues from my time at GIZ Philippines, where I worked on coastal and marine conservation as well as ecosystem services. I am looking forward to an active exchange with you.”

Carina van Weelden,
Junior Advisor, SMP Project

“Hello all. My name is Michael, currently working as Energy Policy Advisor in the Energy Efficiency Project in Mongolia. I have a background as macro-economist and previously I had developed solutions to enable network operators to deal with an increasingly complex regulatory framework. Successful implementation of EEff-measures depends on the tariffs, because they are affecting the payback period of the investment. Energy tariffs are able to reflect different further aspects, e.g. environmental aspects or renewable energies. Therefore my main interest is to identify synergies and linking energy efficiency, tariffs and climate change. Concerning the Joint TF SDG, I'm looking forward to working with all of you.”

Michael Timm,
Speaker, Joint Task Force Sustainable Development Goals


Small Business a Big Deal for Biodiversity

UNDP Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework 2012-2020

UNDP Biodiversity for Sustainable Development in Asia Pacific

UNDP Tourism Concessions in Protected Natural Areas.

Climate Change

Climate Commitments of Subnational Actors and Business 2015

Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020

Food Security

GIZ (2016) - Promoting Food Security and Safety via Cold Chains

Global Nutrition Report 2016 From Promise to Impact Ending Malnutrition by 2030

Forestry and REDD+

Narrowing the Emissions Gap Contributions from renewable energy and energy efficiency activities

Participatory Land Cover Change and Forest Fire Monitoring using Un-Manned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technological Innovations

Safeguards Information System for REDD+ in Indonesia


Marine Litter Legislation: A policy toolkit for policymakers 2016

Marine Litter Vital Graphics 2016

Marine Plasctic Debris and Microplastics Global Lessons and Research

Sanitation Wastewater Management and Sustainability: From waste disposal to resource recovery


Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals

Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals

Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals the Science Perspective

Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet


GEO 6_Global Environment Outlook Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific

Resource Use in the Asia Pacific

The State of Biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific

Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources Evaluating Systems Strategies and Tools 2016

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