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What is your plan this holiday season? Just in case you are wondering what to do or see, we have you covered. Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent documentary on climate change, “Before the Flood”, has become another talk of the town among environmental communities, young and old, idealists and naysayers. Well, for better or worse. The 96-minute movie follows the actor’s three-year journey around the world uncovering the inconvenient truth on the issue of climate change. Whether it is a hit or a miss? Judge for yourself and share your thoughts with us at

As the New Year approaches, we are proud to look back on an event- and successful year 2016:

  • The official launch of our SNRD Asia website in March with 4,000 monthly visitors as of date
  • Our first joint conference with TUEWAS in June calling for a concerted effort in working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the formation of the Joint Task Force SDGs
  • The transformation of the Task Force Green Education into a Joint Working Group with members from both SNRD Asia and TUEWAS
  • The establishment of a joint secretariat with TUEWAS with a full-time Network Manager and a Public Relations Officer

-thanks to your continuous engagement as members and driving force behind this network. Thank you for making this group as active as ever!

As we bid goodbye to 2016, we wish you a happy holiday season and a good start into 2017 with renewed hope and energy!

Lena Kern,

SNRD Asia Spokesperson

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World
19-21 January 2017
Berlin, Germany

4th International Conference on Food Security and Nutrition (ICFSN 2017)
13-15 March 2017
Prague, Czech Republic

SNRD Conference “Towards Implementing the Agenda 2030 – The Role of Food Security, Youth Employment and Climate Action in African Rural Development”
2-6 May 2017
South Africa

World Economic Forum on ASEAN
10 May 2017
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017: SDGs and Nexus Approach Monitoring and Implementation
17-19 May 2017
United Nations University, Germany

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 Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

Climate Change Adaptation

Ecosystem and Community-based Adaptation and the Landscape Approach

The Climate Change Adaptation Working Group of SNRD-Asia organised a webinar and discussion meeting on “Ecosystem and Community-based Adaptation and the Landscape Approach”. Dieter Nill from the GIZ headquarter introduced the topic: Do we really have different approaches or are we looking on the same reality but with different glasses?

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Vulnerability Assessment of Socio-Ecological Systems

The GIZ project “Strategic Mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Vietnam” finalised vulnerability assessments of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh province. In order to integrate the view on ecosystems in the assessments, the consultant team defined socio-ecological systems (SES) and key economic areas (KEA) by

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“India Business & Biodiversity Initiative” Member Company Wins Biodiversity Award @ CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2016

For the first time since the inception of the awards, Biodiversity has been featured as a separate domain which in itself is a major step forward. This year the award for biodiversity was bagged by TATA Power. Tata Power, India’s largest

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Drone-driven rice programme begins to reap rewards

A solution to lift Thai rice farmers out of a low-income trap has edged closer to reality with a German-Thai rice programme that showed “great promise” in the Northeast, the heartland of jasmine rice. In Ubon Ratchathani province with 4.2 |million rai under “khao

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EU demonstrates commitment to developing countries by stepping up climate finance to €17.6 billion

The Commission welcomes the European Union’s strong commitment to scale-up financing for climate action in developing countries, which showed a significant increase in 2015. The EU, EIB and Member States last year provided EUR 17.6 billion to help

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Fiji presidency a breakthrough for Pacific voice on climate change

Fiji’s successful bid to preside over next year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is the added muscle needed to trigger more action to combat climate change for small island states, according to the Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr. Colin Tukuitonga. “This is a tremendous achievement for Fiji

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PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet

What if we could identify the best local and regional solutions, and promote them for learning at a global level? PANORAMA is a partnership initiative to document, promote and exchange examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and

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Special places of our ocean – Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas or EBSAs

This brochure provides background information on EBSAs, which have been described through a series of regional workshops convened by the CBD Secretariat. It also sheds light on how EBSA information can be used to advance research, conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity, and sustainable use of marine resources.

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Special Updates

Click now and share around the newly created SNRD Asia documents. Read on to see some of the updated info we do not want you to miss!

Organisational Chart New
as of 15 Dec 2016

SNRD Asia Factsheet New


Hot Off the Press: “TUrbOCliC’s Webinar Series” A Model of Best Practice

What’s behind TUrbOCliC’s success? Recent development points to the need for innovation and an efficient knowledge management.
Big challenge, bigger opportunity
The challenges facing international cooperation for sustainable development are constantly on the rise. As a result, it is important to make sure that good ideas are lying around and replicated when the need arises. Following the call for nomination for Best of Sector Network (SN) 2016, this year saw a wide range of ground-breaking initiatives being submitted. For the cluster “Climate, Rural Development, Infrastructure”

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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 Eileen Lemke and I just started to work on adult education, awareness material and knowledge management for a transboundary project in Nepal. I am really looking forward to work’ with all of you, to get to know more about the network as well as the Biodiversity Working Group and to contribute wherever I can.”

Eileen Lemke,


“My name is Felix Hübner, a renewable energy expert at GIZ India. The current projects comprehend the development of the Indian PV roof top market and integration of decentralised PV systems into the local grid. My interest lies in strengthening the knowledge transfer and cooperation between projects in Asia. I would also like to work on a better integration of the SDGs into the scope of project activities. With over 5 years of experience as a commercial asset manager for RE projects with juwi, I joined GIZ in November 2015. I studied social sciences and economics at the University of Mannheim and at Sciences Po Paris.“

Felix Hübner,
Co-Speaker, Joint Task Force SDGs
Email: felix.hü


Building a common vision for sustainable food and agriculture

The Agriculture Sectors in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets Trade and Food Security

The State of Food and Agriculture_Climate Change, Agricutlure and Food Security

Climate Change

ASEAN Submission to SBSTA Adaptation Measures

Climate Change Starter's Guidebook_An Issues Guide for Education Planners And Practitioners

Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Communications Toolkit

Marine Ecosystems

Explaining ocean warming

Marine protected areas and climate change

Scaling Up Community Actions for International Waters Management

Sustainable Development

Integrated Planning and Sustainable Development Challenges and Opportunities

Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

Voluntary Sustainability Standards and Biodiversity


Gender Responsive National Communications Toolkit

GIZ-Developing national adaptation monitoring and evalutation systems guidebook


GIZ-Linkages to the Resource Sector

GIZ-Models for Human Capacity Development

Guidelines for Value Chain Selection

Namas and REDD Relationship and main issues for consideratin with a focus on Southeast Asia

Reimagining Business for Biodiversity Enhancement Case Studies from Indian Industry

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