Manila's Pasig River continues to play an important social, cultural, historical and political role. Its restoration, which began with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Program in 1989, aims to reverse the effects of years of negligence, uncontrolled development, and unabated pollution. Various initiatives and projects were undertaken in collaboration with international donors, national government agencies, local governments, civil society groups, and the private sector.
An international mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and increased carbon stocks through improved forest management (REDD+) is likely to become part of a post-2012 international convention on climate change. Meanwhile the academic and publicd ebate on the role of forest conservation in climate change mitigation has become increasingly polarized.
In light of the findings of the regional assessment, it is quite evident that there are some critical constraints which poor people of the region are encountering, such as insecure land ownership systems, limited access to irrigation water, lack of access to capital for productive activities and barriers to trade etc., for improving their livelihood systems. These limitations have been further acerbated due to the unavailability of appropriate technology and information and services to improve agricultural productivity.
The Agricultural Policy Support Facility (APSF) is an initiative to strengthen pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and environmentally sustainable evidence-based policymaking in Nigeria in the areas of rural and agricultural development. This workshop was held at the Chelsea Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria on September 20 2007.