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Climate compatible development

Rice Straw (RS) derived fuel-cookstove systems in the Mekong Region

The research team on “Rice Straw (RS) co-benefits” focused on experiments to assess technology options for Rice Straw (RS) derived fuel-cookstove systems in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Researching national REDD+ strategies in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand: An update

As of June 1, 2015, the REDD+ team has conducted over 50 interviews and attended more than 20 policy observations. All three teams have also been collecting, collating and analyzing archival materials including past and current policies, laws and regulations that are related to the development of the national REDD+ strategy in the three countries. The team is planning to conduct a multi-stakeholder consultative meeting in their respective country on the three research questions with the different groups of stakeholders identified earlier.

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Information Brief: Comparative study on national REDD+ strategy development processes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand

The main objective of this research is to document insights for REDD+ policymakers in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand on how barriers can be overcome and opportunities seized for keycomponents of national REDD+ strategies or action plans in order to ensure effective, efficient and equitable REDD+ implementation in their countries. The main boundary partners are the REDD+ policymakers in each country. Results from this research will also engage with academic discussions on science-policy interface, market-based approaches to forest governance in developing countries, stakeholders’ assessments of policies on climate change, and national sovereignty.

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First Regional Assessment Workshop to explore Robust Decision Support (RDS) framework for water scarcity management

The First Regional Assessment Workshop will explore Robust Decision Support (RDS) Framework for water scarcity management in the Mekong Region. The workshop is being held from 14-16 July to explore solutions to water scarcity management as the Mekong region reels under a drought, one of the worst to hit the countries in the region in the last two decades.

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Rice farmers use rice straw as cooking fuel rather than open-burning

This SUMERNET research project has begun to investigate and address a common problem among countries of the Mekong Region – the open burning of large amounts of rice straw during agricultural processes.

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Comparative study on national REDD+ strategy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand (REDD+ in the Mekong)

COP19 of the UNFCCC mandates that to be eligible for REDD+, participating countries such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand need to develop national policies and measures for REDD+ implementation. To complete this national REDD+ strategy, participating countries will have to provide information on key topics such as safeguards, grievance mechanisms, benefit sharing mechanisms, drivers of deforestation and degradation, measuring, reporting, verification (MRV) and monitoring, and national REDD funds.

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Turning rice straw into cooking fuel for air quality and climate co-benefit in selected GMS countries

Most countries in the Mekong Region are agrarian developing countries where rice is a staple food that provides 50–80% of the total calories consumed. A huge amount of rice straw (RS) is generated in each crop cycle. RS residue is a potential biomass resource specifically for the region. Currently, various options for using RS are available with different levels of acceptance from farmers and community.

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Adaptation pathways for climate-resilient development: Selected cases in Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines (Adaptation pathways for CRD)

Despite the repeated occurrence of climate-related events, responses of households, communities and local government units (which are often the development planners) focus on the short-term, rather than long- term. But short-term response is merely coping. Developing climate resilience will require longer term adjustments, referred to as adaptation which has to be integrated in development processes.

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Adapting to multiple and uncertain changes in the Mekong Region: Strategies for today and a +4C world

The development of the Mekong Region, and in particular its water and land resources, will occur in the context of multiple, profound and uncertain changes. SUMERNET is initiating a “regional assessment” to interpret the multiple potential changes in the context of sustainable development of the Mekong Region.

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Mekong Delta adaptation and urban resilience among key topics at the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

Two major climate adaptation issues relating to the Mekong Region – coastal delta vulnerability and urban resilience – were among the topics highlighted at the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Kuala Lumpur (1-3 October), one of the biggest climate adaptation events in Asia. The 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum aims to assist participants from all levels of government, business and other sectors of society to become effective in addressing the development challenges in a changing climate.

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