Massive floods have ravaged vast swathes of Asia’s rice bowl, threatening to further drive up food prices and adding to the burden of farmers who are among the region’s poorest, experts say.

This report provides an overview on indigenous peoples in five REDD+ countries in Asia, namely, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand and the status of REDD+ implementation in these five countries.

This policy brief outlines short, medium- and long-term policy responses and interventions that governments and central banks in the region can make to counter the adverse impact of food inflation in the Asia-Pacific region.
 

Southeast Asia is a region of enormous social, economic, and political diversity, both across and within countries, shaped by its history, geography, and position as a major crossroad of trade and the movement of goods and services.

The seasonal variability of biomass open burning activities in the Greater Mekong sub-region (GMS) with focus on carbon monoxide (CO) and total particulate matter or aerosol (TPM) emissions was investigated in order to document the characteristics of this significant source of air pollutants in the region.

Biomass burning is an essential part of slash-and-burn (S&B) agriculture, which is widely practiced as an important food production system in the tropical mountains of southeast Asia.S&B agriculture used to be sustainable and carbon neutral; CO2 emissions by biomass burning were balanced with photosynthetic biomass growth and land use was stable.

Within the framework of the project "Sustainable insect farming and harvesting for better nutrition, improved food security, and household income generation," which kicked off in January 2011, FAO began introducing small-scale cricket farming at the School for Gifted and Ethnic Students, National University of Laos (NUoL).

One of Asia's poorest countries officially inaugurated a $1.3 billion hydroelectric dam on December 9 that is earning badly needed revenue and could set new global standards for limiting environmental damage and improving the lives of those displaced.

The dam in central Laos was the first major hydroelectric project supported by the World Bank after a long hiatus in the face of criticism that d

The Chinese government on Thursday mounted a defence of its dams on the Brahmaputra and Mekong rivers, assuring its seven neighbours, including India, who have voiced concerns about the projects that downstream flows will remain unaffected.

Besides India, which raised the construction of a 510 MW dam on the Brahmaputra in talks with the Chinese leadership this week, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and

Nepal needs at least US$ 42.7 million from the international community and conservation partners to carry out conservation programmes to meet the global tiger recovery goal and double the wild population of tigers, a meeting was told here on Friday.

As part of celebrations for the International Tiger Year 2010, all 13 tiger range countries have agreed to double the big cats

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