Asia and the Pacific
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as the world reels from the compounded effects of lockdowns, travel bans, and the ensuing economic and food crises, the need for accurate and verified information is essential to combat the virus, and potentially lifesaving. Unfortunately however, misinformation has spread with vigor rivaling the virus in its spread and contagiousness. This has the effect of heightening health risks, creating panic and division, and otherwise complicating efforts to effectively combat this virus that has brought the entire world to its knees and exacerbated inequality.
In an era of smartphones and social networks, connecting with family and friends has become an integral part of everyday life for many people. Here in Bangkok, I know when my old classmates have had a reunion on a Friday night in Washington, D.C. — or more importantly, when my friends report themselves as safe on Facebook after an earthquake in Nepal or a typhoon in the Philippines.
How to Use Spatial Data to inform Actionable National Policies?
Process: Firstly, it is necessary to identify the spatial data related to Aichi Biodiversity Target. Secondly, we must ensure the spatial data is available at the national or regional level. Thirdly, we need to check whether the spatial data or indicators have been published in research papers, national, regional or global assessment reports, which should be verified.
Myanmar is widely considered one of the most vulnerable countries in the world in terms of the impacts of climate change. More intense and frequent floods, cyclones and droughts have caused immense loss of life and damage to infrastructure and the economy and put its renowned biodiversity and natural resources under increasing pressure.
Compared to many other countries in the region, Myanmar is currently much less prepared to respond to the challenges of global heating.
For UNDP, adaptation to climate change means climate-resilient economic development and sustainable livelihoods, especially for vulnerable populations – the poor, women, and indigenous peoples. UNDP supports these goals by assisting over 90 countries to integrate current and future climate risks and uncertainties into national and sub-national development efforts.
As the Gobeshona 6 Conference came to end, the NAP Global Support Programme team had the unique opportunity to sit down with four conference participants from Bhutan, working in a variety of institutions from government, municipalities and university. It was fascinating to hear the commonalities in the interviewees’ answers and comments, providing the basis for sharing lessons and future collaboration.