Monday, December 17, 2012

PEGAsia Monthly Update - December 2012

PEGAsia Monthly Update

December 2012
by Governance in Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong 

About PEGAsia

The Governance in Asia Research Centre is pleased to present you with the "Portal for Environmental Governance in Asia", an online platform which shares news and event information on environment and sustainability issues. PEGAsia is decided to be a handy portal for researchers, practitioners in related fields and those environmentally concerned to receive and share information on environmental issues, policy measures and research outputs, especially those concerning Hong Kong and Greater China region. The project is one of GARC's initiatives to promote knowledge exchange and further the Centre's research theme on "Environmental Governance in Asia". For further information, please see

I. Regional/Local Updates


China Explores Afforestation to Boost Carbon Sinks (30 Nov, 2012)


Policy Innovation for Technology Diffusion: Japanese Renewable Energy (3 Dec 2012) 
Japan Releases National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Figures in Fiscal Year 2011 (5 Dec 2012)


電動公車正式開跑、金門低碳旅遊風光 (28 Nov 2012)
購買電動(輔助)自行車補助3,000元,延長至103年 (5 Dec 2012)

The Philippines

$300 Million for Green Transportation Revolution in the Philippines - ADB (11 Dec 2012)


Vietnam – a responsible party of UNCLOS Convention (12 Dec 2012)
ADB-Funded Biogas Plants to Tackle Viet Nam's Growing Rural Waste Threat (13 Dec 2012)

Hong Kong

Reef check shows local corals healthy (1 Dec 2012)
Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee set up (3 Dec 2012)

II. Events 

PEGAsia Event Online Calendar:     

Forthcoming events:


Building the Bridge: A Practical Plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future by civic exchange 18th Dec 2012

The 3rd Environmental Innovators Symposium, Yokohama, Japan, 21-22 Dec 2012, organized by Keio University

Proposals for amendment of Appendices I and II at the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) and the briefing section, 28 Dec 2012 organized by AFCD

Hong Kong Green Jazz Festival, 30 Dec 2012 organized by "Original Sound"


Conference on the Forty Years of Environmental Protection in China, 3-5 Jan 2013, organized by CUHK

International Water Summit 2013, by 15-17 Jan 2013, organized by Masdar and held alongside the 2013 World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC)

World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013, 15-17 Jan 2013, organized by Masdar, and acting as the centerpiece of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), 15-17 Jan 2013 organized by Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi), United Arab Emirates

Transforming Transportation 2013, 17-18 Jan 2013 organized by World Bank and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center, EMBARQ

Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents, 28 - 31 January 2013, organized by Earth System Governance Project International Environmental Architecture Research Group United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies

Conference on Sustainable Development through Energy Efficiency and Conservation, 28 Jan 2013 organized by Council for sustainable development

Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Conference 2013, 30th Jan, 2013, organized by Business Environment Council


Second International Conference: Second International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Management (ICWRE 2013) (12-14 Feb 2013)

27th Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, 18-22 Feb 2013, organized by UNEP

Asia Water Week 2013, 13-15 March 2013 organized by ADB in Manila, Philippines

CIWEM Annual Conference: Water & Environment 2013, 10th and 11th April 2013, organized by CIWEM

CALL FOR PAPERS – Values in the Environment: Relations and Conflicts (15th Feb 2013) by ISEE

CALL FOR PAPERS – International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (30th March 2013) by ISEE

CALL FOR PAPERS – Climate Change, Sustainability and an Ethics of an Open Future (ISEE) (31 Mar 2013)

CALL FOR PAPERS – Climate Change Governance: Law, Risk Management, and Decision Making by International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) (31 Mar 2013)

Recent events:

Greenpeace, Guide to Greener Electronics (Nov 2012)
CUHK public lecture/seminar --- SAR and Urban Areas: Past Trends and Current Challenges, 3 Dec 2012, organized by CUHK
2012 Forum on Urban Geoenvironment and Sustainable Development, 3rd-7th Dec 2012, organized by HKU
"Ecology and Economy – Prosperity without Growth" Workshop, 4th Dec 2012, organized by Business Environment Council
Brazil institute --- The World at 7 Billion: Building a Sustainable Future, 5 Dec, 2012, organized by Wilson center
Better Air Quality 2012, 5-7 Dec 2012, organized by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank|
EEA Assesses Emissions Performance of Car Manufacturers, 11 Dec 2012 organized by EEA
Innovation in the water sector, 13 Dec, 2012, organized by CIWEM
Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth in Urban Settings, 13 Dec, 2012, organized by Wilson center
The first Conference on Science and Technology: “Natural Resources and Environment towards Sustainable Development” – HCMC University for Natural Resources and Environment,14 Dec 2012, organized by HCMC University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Green Art over Plastic Disaster (膠粒再生藝術展), 15th-16th Dec 2012, organized by香港設計聯會, My Art Temptation and香港藝穗民化節

III. Publications


Transforming governance and institutions by Biermann, Frank and Kenneth Abbott, Dec 2012

The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains by Thomas Reardon, Kevin Chen, Bart Minten and Lourdes Adriano, Dec 2012

The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union Wilson center, 4 Dec, 2012


WRI/OCN Working Paper: Delivering On The Clean Energy Economy: The Role Of Policy In Developing Successful Domestic Solar And Wind Industries, Nov 2012

The World Risk Report 2012, Nov 2012

Does Adaptive Policies Mean Effective Policies? Implications For Climate Change Adaptation And Disaster Risk Reduction by Prabhakar, SVRK and Misa Aoki, Nov 2012

Solar And Wind Industries by BARUA, Priya; TAWNEY, Letha and WEISCHER, Lutz, Nov 2012

IGES research collaboration with the World Resources Institute: New Report Finds Strong, Long-term Policies Needed for Successful Renewable Energy Growth Report compares solar and wind industry trends and policies in U.S., China, Germany, India and Japan by IGEC, 22 Nov 2012

Evidence from the Frontlines of Climate Change: Loss and Damage to Communities Despite Coping and Adaptation by Koko Warner, Kees van der Geest, Soenke Kreft, Saleemul Huq, Sven Harmeling,Koen Kusters and Alex de Sherbinin, 29 Nov 2012

Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration by Koko Warner, Tamer Afifi, 29 Nov 2012

Classification Of MRV Of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions/Reduction: For The Discussions On NAMAs And MRV by Ninomiya, Yasushi, Dec, 2012

Possible Options To Strengthen The Regional Framework On Air Quality Management In East Asia by Elder, Mark and Suzuki, Katsunori, Dec 2012

Connect the Dots: Managing the Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.25 2012 by van Asselt, Harro., Fariborz Zelli, Dec 2012

Doha Climate Change Conference and relative documents (Decisions adopted by COP 18 and CMP 8), Dec 2012

Doha climate conference opens gateway to greater ambition and action on climate change by UNFCCC, Dec 2012

Powerful synergies: gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability by United Nations Development Programme, Dec 2012

CBD Technical Series No. 61: Biological and Cultural Diversity in Coastal Communities Exploring the Potential of Satoumi for Implementing the Ecosystem Approach in the Japanese Archipelago, Dec 2012

Methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. Submissions from Parties by UNFCCC, 1 Dec 2012,

UNFCCC COP 18/ CMP 8 participants celebrate 9 “Lighthouse Activities” to address climate change and improve the lives of urban poor by UNFCCC, 5 Dec 2012 

Cultivating Governance: Cautionary tales for biofuel policy reformers by IISD Publications Centre byIISD Publications Centre, 5 Dec 2012 

A Guide for the Concerned: Guidance on the elaboration and implementation of border carbon adjustment by IISD Publications Centre, 5 Dec 2012

CO2 Emissions Outpace Economic Growth in Asia by Clean Air Portal, 6 Dec 2012

Climate in Asia and the Pacific: A Synthesis of APN Activities by APN 11 Dec 2012

Outdoor Air Pollution among Top Global Health Risks in 2010 by Health Effects Institute, USA, 13 Dec 2012

"Care our Earth, Conserve our Resources" Seminar Series by Environmental Campaign Committee (Cantonese), 14 Dec 2012

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