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Welcome to the September CANSA monthly digest. In our monthly digest we will share with our members and partners a quick recap of what’s happened, updates from both our members and the secretariat.
We are extremely happy to have new submissions come in from our members and friends in Pakistan, Bhutan and beyond. Be sure to keep sending in your articles, event details and other organisational news of interest that we will be thrilled to share on our website, social media channels and other partners.

 Building a Climate Resilient Kerala

A two-day workshop on “Building a Climate Resilient Kerala” was organised by Thanal and Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) in Thiruvananthapuram 26th and 27th September 2016. The objective of the event was to provide recommendations for mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in to various policies and plans, addressing loss and damage and leading Kerala on an inclusive and sustainable development pathway. Government departments, policy makers, community based organisations, thematic experts, representatives from Panchayati Raj Institutions and media participated in the event. 
Read more on our website here
New Members

Welcome CCDB in Bangladesh to the CANSA Family!

Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) was formed in 1973, as a national level voluntary organisation, to complete the relief and rehabilitation work initiated in 1972, by Bangladesh Ecumenical Relief and Rehabilitation Services (BERRS), for responding the needs of the affected people during the war of independence in 1971 and to undertake development interventions.

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Welcome IFMR-LEAD in India to the CANSA Family!

IFMR LEAD is a non-profit research organisation conducting high-quality scalable action research and outreach in development economics and finance. Dedicated to leveraging evidence-based research to further economic and financial development of poor people living in India and other low-to-middle income countries, their vision is to foster improved financial access, better legal and physical infrastructure, and targeted social services for individuals, households, and enterprises, to help them attain socio-economic aspirations.

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Welcome VASCSC in India to the CANSA Family!

VASCSC, established in the 1960s by the eminent space scientist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, is working towards popularising science among students, teachers and the general public. Its mandate is to stimulate interest, encourage and expose the principles of science and scientific method and also to improve and find innovative methods of science education.

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Events in October
Colombo, Sri Lanka 
October 17-19, 2016

5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

For 2016, the theme “Adapting and Living below 2°C:  Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice” will explore platforms and concrete pathways for even greater partnerships by governments, civil society and business.  With the growing interest and with the recognition of adaptation not only as a development imperative but as an existential one as well, we are looking forward to welcoming more than 800 participants who will be looking towards meaningful outcomes during the event.

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Updates from our Members

Green Public Procurement (GPP) Bhutan Project team conducted two one-day GPP sensitisation and awareness events for 46 participants that included manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and executive members of Bhutan Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI). The main objective of the programme was to create awareness and sensitise suppliers on GPP concept and importance of integrating environmental, social and economic aspects in sustainable business enterprises. The topics covered in the program were introduction to the GPPB project, GPP concept, life cycle thinking and hotspots analysis and group work on the relevant business cases or products.

Read more on RSPN Bhutan's Initiative here

Pakistan’s energy sector is in crisis. Inadequate electricity supplies cost the country US$14 bn annually and some 11,000 small and medium enterprises operate at just 60% of capacity. In 2015, Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change and the Punjab Power Development Board asked the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to assess whether a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) would be an appropriate tool to support renewable energy solutions for Sialkot in the Punjab, one of Pakistan’s most emblematic industrial hubs of mainly export-oriented industry.

Read more on LEAD Pakistan's Initiative here
Prior to COP21 in Paris, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights passed resolution 7/23 requesting the IPCC, the UNFCCC and other stakeholders to conduct a detailed analytical study of the relationship between climate change and human rights. This highlights that the link between climate change and human rights is being recognised and addressed as a major cause for concern, Further, the preamble of the Paris Agreement acknowledges that climate change must be addressed taking into consideration the protection of human rights.
Read more on SLYCAN Trust's blog here
Taragram Yatra 2016

Taragram Yatra is an annual flagship event of Development Alternatives Group and is a journey of cross learning and knowledge sharing among development practitioners. It engages leading minds and creates a narrative to change the status quo and aims to attain sustainability in policy and practice. For 2016, the selected theme for the Yatra was “Policy Shifts for Implementing the SDGs in India” underscoring the overarching role of Agenda2030 in addressing policy issues, challenges and transitions required to attain the agreed goals and targets. Scheduled from 20 - 22 September, the Yatra witnessed invigorating discussion on implementation of SDGs, climate, energy and agriculture policy. 
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Several Bangladeshi civil society rights groups organised a press conference to urge the Bangladeshi delegation to New York lead by Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina and other global leaders to raise the issue climate induced migrants and also to support  proposal of "A Global Compact for Orderly, Safe and Regular Migration".
Read their press coverage on Daily Sun here
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