APN Science Bulletin Issue 3 (Supplement) September 2013
The APN’s activities continue to grow and this has warranted a supplement to Issue 3 of our Science Bulletin. The supplement showcases 12 activities that were conducted in 2012 and early 2013 that sit outside the APN’s core programmes of activities, the ARCP and CAPaBLE Programmes.
Showcasing articles from two focused activities that began in 2010 with funding from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the supplement reports two featured projects from the Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Land Use (EBLU) scientific focus; and two from Resources Utilisation and Pathways for Sustainable Development (RUSD). The articles highlight issues such as solid waste management, emerging work on biochar development and the UNFCCC-driven REDD+ and MRV system and their importance for sustaining healthy forest ecosystems in Southeast Asia.
Six articles present a range of activities approved by the APN’s governing body, the Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM). These activities ensure that APN’s work goes beyond its scientific focus and encompasses its other broad objectives of collaboration and networking, facilitating science and policy interactions, and raising awareness on issues of importance under the global change umbrella. Most of the activities presented in this supplement were jointly organised by the APN and other key institutions and organisations and, in essence, highlight the broader nature of APN’s work. Noteworthy in the present supplement are the outcomes of a workshop on Future Earth, a new 10-year Earth system sustainability programme, which features the key important activities for Future Earth at the regional level in Asia and the Pacific. Two other activities, the Low Carbon Symposium and the Sub-regional Science-Policy Dialogue, also highligh science-policy and awareness-raising activities at the local and regional levels — the latter, which was held in Southeast Asia in mid-2012, delivered key outputs from the APN in collaboration with START.