Sunday, January 23, 2011

ASEAN explores tools to address climate change

MCOT via ANTARA: Over 50 ASEAN representatives and climate change experts gathered in Jakarta this week to exchange ideas and best practices in addressing current and future impacts of climate change.

"During the two-day workshop, participants learned from other's current programs, such as municipal building retrofits in Jakarta, the carbon neutral initiative in the Philippines' Puerto Princessa and various available tools for measuring and monitoring greenhouse gas," said a statement of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat here, Saturday. Attendees also discussed how ASEAN cities can raise awareness and generate necessary support to develop effective carbon reduction and adaptation activities.

….Liana Bratasida, Chairperson of the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities and Special Assistant to the Minister of Environment of Indonesia, said that while ASEAN cities have varying capabilities and capacities in handling climate change, the discussions show that they are all "taking innovative approaches to counter the effects of climate change through initiatives in adaptation, mitigation and climate proofing."

Map of current ASEAN members by Ichwan Palongengi, Wikimedia Commons

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