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Climate compatible development

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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Vulnerability assessment in Vietnam

This assessment, funded by CDKN and SUMERNET, makes up the first part of an on-going study on the vulnerability of crops in Vietnam to climate change that will be conducted by CIAT. The crops in this assessment pertained to Vietnamese study sites for the SUMERNET funded Participatory Social Return on Investment (PSROI): Greater Mekong Subregion Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Costing Project. This study complements a similar assessment conducted by CIAT, with the support of GIZ, on crop suitability and land use in Lao PDR in 2010. Both products aimed as assisting with climate change adaptation decision-making. This assessment is being submitted as a project output to the SUMERNET secretariat, and is intended for publication along with the forthcoming assessment of all priority crops in Vietnam.

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An inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from tourism related activities in Hue City, Vietnam

This report is made to briefly introduce some general information of Hue City, and to provide an inventory of GHG emissions of Hue’s tourism related activities in 2011. To the latter end, fifty entities of different scales, which are engaged in tourism, have been selected for the data collection with structured questionnaires and face – to – face interviews.

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Garden houses for green tourism in Hue City, Vietnam

The study focuses on the income generation from garden houses and the potential for promoting garden houses as a part of green tourism, along with an analysis of the different (future) occupations men and women can be involved in this initiative.

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The employment assessment in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory study conducted by Chiang Mai Municipality (CMM), showed that in order to reduce GHG emissions by the city, greater emphasis needs to be placed on reducing emissions from the transportation sector. Based on discussions with stakeholders, one of the measures identified was to promote Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) in CMM. This can help reduce emissions from transport as well as increase income generating opportunities for the poor.

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An inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from tourism related activities in Chiang Mai municipality, Thailand

The results from this study are very useful for the next step. These results can be used to find the options to mitigate the GHG emissions, and it can be used to plan for the low carbon tourism in the administrative area of Chiang Mai municipality. Furthermore, this study also helps to create green or decent jobs for men and women in communities. Actually, almost all of this study can benefit policy makers to develop strategic and action plans relating to the sustainable urban tourism sector in the future.

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Preservation of garden houses for sustainable urban tourism – Hue City

This document presents the proposed policy brief and policy statement for Hue city, Vietnam, for the promotion of garden houses for the sustainable urban green tourism. The proposed policy statement was approved by Mr. Ngo Hoa, Vice-Chairman of Thua Thien Hue Province People's Committee for implementation.

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Towards green pathway - Chiang Mai municipality

A Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory study conducted by Chiang Mai Municipality (CMM) on tourism related activities showed that the transportation sector contributes to significant emissions. Stakeholders of the tourism sector related activities then identified Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) in CMM as one option that can not only reduce emissions from transport, but also promote income generating opportunities for the poor.

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Non-motorized transport in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

The prospect of developing NMT, such as walking and cycling, in the cities is largely dependent on the local conditions and national policies and priorities. However, concerted effort at regional level can help to strengthen the coherence of regional partnership on sustainable transport.

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Alternative upland farming system under different climate scenarios

This paper presents projected climate change scenarios in selected Philippine uplands in 2020, 2050 and 2080; their potential impacts on rice yield if current practices continue; and recommended alternatives to achieve food security and sustainability. The results can be used by local planners in preparing local plans to mitigate social, economic and environmental impacts of climate variability and extremes on a specific sector.

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