Climate change adaptation and mitigation: harnessing local capacities

Durban, South Africa, 5 December, 2011: Storms and typhoons are battering the community of Da Loc in coastal Vietnam on an increasingly frequent and intense basis. In 2005, Typhoon Damrey forced some 330,000 evacuees from their homes in Vietnam alone, with regional damages resulting at US$1.2 billion.

Almost seven years later Da Loc commune continues to suffer the impacts of the saltwater Damrey swept several kilometers inland, destroying rice fields and seeping into fresh water wells.  In the wake of this disaster one thing was clear: those areas that had been buffered by mangrove forests were left relatively unscathed. Those that did not continue to experience the repercussions.


Daily News Digest – 14 December 2009

Reuters – Forest communities said key to climate fight

Reporting from CIFOR’s Forest Day 3, officials and academics agree that safeguards to protect and compensate local communities are key for halting deforestation. Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom also spoke at the event:

“If local people and indigenous people in the developing world are not recognised and assigned clear rights, we could end up with more deforestation,” – Elinor Ostrom, 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics.

Full article on Reuters

Bangkok Post – Firms seek tough stand on climate deal

Local business leaders in Thailand have called on the government not to ratify any new climate change deal if developed countries do not commit to funding and technology transfers. Full article in the Bangkok Post.

Thanh Nien News – Vietnam third most disaster-ravaged nation in 2008

A recently released report named Vietnam as one of the countries hit the hardest by natural disasters, reaffirming the need for COP15 and a climate change treaty to enable transfer of funds and technology to developing countries for adaptation. Full article in Thanh Nien News. – UN Climate Wall brings climate change testimonies to COP 15

The UN Climate Wall is a touch screen display embedded with real-life stories, where people from Cambodia, Bangladesh, and other countries describe how climate change is impacting people their lives. Full article on

Mongabay – New REDD text is weak, say activists
Associated Press – Lack of money could hurt forest deal
IPS News – Asian delegates want ‘political accord’ for now
The Guardian – Poor countries threaten climate deal showdown at summit

Daily News Digest – 11 December 2009

Phnom Penh PostCambodia expected to seek funding at climate summit

Cambodia’s delegation will soon touch down in Copenhagen, where it is expected to press for adaptation funding to help Cambodia meet climate related challenges.
Full article in the Phnom Penh Post

Bangkok PostBattle of the texts looms at UN climate talks

China accused developed nations of failing to live up to their promises, and the Pacific-island state of Tuvalu called for a legally binding amendment to the Kyoto Protocol that would require large developing economies set targets for emissions cuts. Full article in the Bangkok Post

ReutersTiny Tuvalu in spotlight at climate talks

Key facts about Tuvalu and the climate-related challenges it faces as a Pacific island nation. Full article on Reuters

Mysinchew.comJapan, Indonesia call for Copenhagen deal

Japan recently offered a 425 million dollar loan to Indonesia for climate change mitigation, as the two countries jointly set a standard for cooperation in order to involve other major emitters. Full article

Channel News Asia – China and India at forefront of Copenhagen discussions
Brunei FM – China willing to work with ASEAN to tackle climate change
The Standard – Asia particularly at risk to climate change

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