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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on February 17th, 2007
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

“Co-benefits” refers to multiple benefits in different fields resulting from one policy, strategy or action plan. Co-beneficial approaches to climate change mitigation / GHG reduction, in particular, are those that also promote positive outcomes in other areas such as concerns relating to the environment (e.g. air quality management, health, agriculture, forestry and biodiversity), energy (e.g. renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency) and economics (e.g. long-term economic sustainability, industry competitiveness, income distribution).

The Co-Benefits Hub ASIA, as part of the EPA-funded project “Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation: Coordinator in Asia”, aims to consolidate and disseminate resources pertaining to co-benefits for the use of practitioners, researchers, scientists, policy-makers in order to promote this approach to action-planning and decision-making.

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The Manila Observatory (MO) through the funding support of the United States-Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) and in cooperation with the Clean Air Initiatives for Asia (CAI-Asia) is currently implementing the Co-Benefits Asia Project, which aims to consolidate resources
and disseminate information related to co-benefits of climate change mitigation in Asia. The project website can be found at www.observatory.ph/co-benefits_asia .

This website is intended as a “hub” of information which stores or points to relevant materials on the web.  cobenefits.asia at gmail.com writes us: “Please feel free to send us your comments! We are continuously uploading studies and materials we have collected and we would welcome your
contributions.”

Part of the project is the profiling study of various research and other initiatives on the co-benefits of climate change mitigation/GHG reduction in   Asia. To build the information base for this project, the Manila Observatory is conducting an online survey in February 2007 of various institutions in Asia that undertake projects in this area. The survey can be downloaded through the website and is also attached to this email.

The results will be incorporated in a concept paper that will discuss the current status of co-benefits and suggest avenues for collaboration among different institutions. The paper will be made available through the   website in June 2007.   Information gathered from this survey shall also be included in the inventory of co-benefits materials that Manila Observatory is hosting on the co-benefits project website for the access of multi-sectors engaged or interested in your co-benefits work.

A draft report on co-benefits discussions at the BAQ 2006 can also be downloaded through the website. Please feel free to send us your comments/suggestions/recommendations.

Contact email addresses are:  co-benefits_asia at observatory.ph and  cobenefits.asia at gmail.com .

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SustainabiliTank.info considers this an interesting study of what could become action programs – whenever the decision is taken by the US to do something finally about the Global Warming/Climate Change problem that US produced CO2 is causing to the rest of the world, including Asia.

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