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Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 2: Safer Road WorksCarec Road Safety Engineering Manual 2: Safer Road Works by Asian Development Bank

Road authorities in CAREC countries are encouraged to include road safety as an integral part of the planning, design, and operation of all road worksites under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. This manual explains how to provide safer road worksites on CAREC roads. It explains good practices for roadwork sites, offering clear and simple guidance for CAREC road authorities to use to improve road safety at these sites for road users and workers alike. It offers information about the six-zone process, how to plan and implement a traffic management plan, and how to manage a safe worksite. This manual is essential reading for project managers, designers, supervision consultants, contractors, works supervisors and others who have a responsibility for safe worksites.

Carec Road Safety Engineering Manual 1: Road Safety AuditCarec Road Safety Engineering Manual 1: Road Safety Audit by Asian Development Bank

CAREC countries has committed to road safety as a key objective in implementing road projects. The road safety audit process will be an integral part of the planning, design, and construction of road projects within the CAREC region. This manual also explains the road safety audit process as it can apply in CAREC road projects. It provides information about the audit process for those who undertake the audits (practitioners) and for those who manage the audit process (policy makers).

Compendium Of Best Practices In Road Asset ManagementCompendium Of Best Practices In Road Asset Management by Asian Development Bank

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program member countries share best practices in road asset management, which aims to optimize economic benefits by minimizing maintenance and road user costs. This compendium presents the best practices for the introduction and development of road asset management based on a desk review of the experiences in the 11 member countries of the Program. his compendium also provides a general introduction to the concept of road asset management and presents an overview of its status in each CAREC country.

Water–Energy Nexus In The People’S Republic Of China And Emerging IssuesWater–Energy Nexus In The People’S Republic Of China And Emerging Issues by Asian Development Bank

This report analyzes the trade-off between the two sectors in the context of the People's Republic of China and proposes recommendations to ensure that the choices made are sustainable in the long run. Water and energy are both valuable resources and indispensable for human society and economic development. By nature, water and energy are interlinked. Water plays a critical role in the generation of electricity for cooling of thermal power plants and in hydropower, as well as in the production of fossil fuels such as coal; energy is required to treat, distribute, and for wastewater treatment. Choices made in either of the sectors may have unintended and often negative implications on the other sector.

Trade And Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism In Nepal: Baseline StudyTrade And Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism In Nepal: Baseline Study by Asian Development Bank

This baseline study reviews Nepal's trade and transport procedures, highlights the importance of monitoring trade and transport facilitation, and lays a foundation to establish trade and transport facilitation monitoring mechanism. The establishment of a trade and transport facilitation monitoring mechanism (TTFMM) is important because it allows a country to take stock, identify bottlenecks, and prioritize recommendations for the implementation of trade facilitation measures. This report reviews trade and transport procedures in Nepal, highlights the importance of monitoring trade and transport facilitation, and lays a foundation for future studies and establishment of long-term, sustainable TTFMM.

Pathways To Low-Carbon Development For Viet NamPathways To Low-Carbon Development For Viet Nam by Asian Development Bank

This study assesses how Viet Nam's green growth objectives can be achieved through a detailed modeling approach that draws on extensive national stakeholder input to ensure alignment with sector plans and strategies. Viet Nam's rapid economic growth in recent years has been energy dependent. This study uses a bottom-up model to evaluate 63 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from household electricity, industry, power generation, and transport. Policy measures are also identified to help realize this growth.

Pathways To Low-Carbon Development For The PhilippinesPathways To Low-Carbon Development For The Philippines by Asian Development Bank

This study assesses how the growth of the Philippines can be made climate friendly through a detailed modeling approach that draws on extensive national stakeholder input. The Philippines currently has a low level of per capita greenhouse gas emissions. However, emission levels are growing at an increasing rate, with 4% annual growth between 2006 and 2012. This study assesses how the Philippines can take a low-carbon pathway by drawing on detailed modeling of the power, residential, and transport sectors. It identifies low-carbon development options that can be deployed at approximately zero net cost.

Microsoft Excel-Based Tool Kit For Planning Hybrid Energy Systems: A User GuideMicrosoft Excel-Based Tool Kit For Planning Hybrid Energy Systems: A User Guide by Asian Development Bank

This Microsoft Excel-based tool kit and user guide intends to support planning hybrid renewable energy systems based on experiences of pilot projects in ADB's South Asian developing member countries. ADB has implemented a regional technical assistance to develop small hybrid renewable energy systems that will provide reliable, adequate, and affordable energy for inclusive growth in Asian rural areas, and enable access to electricity and energy efficiency in remote rural locations and small isolated islands. A Microsoft Excel-based Tool Kit, prepared as part of knowledge development activities of the technical assistance, is intended to support planning hybrid renewable energy systems based on experiences of pilot projects in South Asian developing member countries.

Future Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable DevelopmentFuture Carbon Fund: Delivering Co-Benefits For Sustainable Development by Asian Development Bank

Asia and the Pacific is home to more than 60% of the world's population and 62% of the global economic output. But the region still faces enormous development challenges and with economic growth, it has become a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This report reflects how Clean Development Mechanism projects supported by the Future Carbon Fund not only reduce GHG emissions but deliver social, environmental, and economic co-benefits contributing to sustainable development in the region. This report also presents qualitative and quantitative analysis of these co-benefits.

Developing Renewable Energy Mini-Grids In Myanmar: A GuidebookDeveloping Renewable Energy Mini-Grids In Myanmar: A Guidebook by Asian Development Bank

This guidebook shares training materials and knowledge on mini-grid development for rural electrification. It documents experiences and lessons learned from developing 12 pilot mini-grid systems for off-grid energy access in Myanmar. This guidebook documents the experiences and lessons learned from developing 12 pilot mini-grid systems for off-grid energy access in Myanmar. Unelectrified rural communities typically located 10 kilometers from the national grid and without prospects of being connected to the grid in the next 5 to 10 years have been chosen for the project. This guidebook shares training materials and knowledge on the major aspects of mini-grid development for rural electrification.

50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore by Cham Tao Soon (Ed.)

An underpinning force in Singapore's remarkable 50-year transformation into a sophisticated world-class city, engineering has contributed significantly to the nation's economic, infrastructural and social developments. A vibrant record of engineering excellence, this book traces the goliath challenges impeding the nation's growth over the past five decades, and the engineering innovations that brought about wealth creation, higher standards of living, and enhanced liveability. This compendium covers air and sea hub; manufacturing in the areas of electronics, precision engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical/bio-medical engineering; housing/cities/infrastructure and land use (reclamation and underground); transportation (ERP system, MRT and LRT, roads and buses system); water management and engineering; energy (supply and maintenance); and telecommunications, ICT and software.

Singapore Chronicles: Flora & FaunaSingapore Chronicles: Flora & Fauna by Wong, Wilson

The term "flora and fauna" refers to the plants and animals found in a particular region. Singapore's primeval vegetation has changed vastly over the past 200 years due to a range of human activities. Yet, Singapore is rich in plant and animal life - as found in the various terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. This book introduces some of the interesting and notable native plants and animals, in addition to highlighting the physical characteristics of each ecosystem and revealing the challenges that plants and animals need to overcome in order to survive. Readers will also get to know what Singapore has done to conserve its unique and precious natural heritage.

Birds Of SingaporeBirds Of Singapore by Hails, Christopher; Frank Jarvis

For a relatively tiny island, with such a high ratio of urban development, Singapore contains a surprisingly large number of birds - native species as well as seasonal visitors due to its strategic position on a migration route between temperate Asia and the eastern tropics. In this classic guide, Dr Christopher Hails leads the reader to all the major birdwatching habitats in Singapore, explaining changing patterns with shifting development and nature's fascinating adaptations to urban encroachment. His scholarly insights into migration, simplified for the lay reader, are enthralling and illuminating.

Stayin' Alive: Health Myths And Facts UncoveredStayin' Alive: Health Myths And Facts Uncovered by Mak Koon Hou

As society advances at breakneck speed amid widespread digital disruption and information avalanche - including the ever-increasing bombardment of contradictory advices and news on health - how do you stay healthy to live well? Stayin' Alive aims to empower readers to "think and live healthily" by uncovering common health myths and facts swirling around online and offline. Authored by leading cardiologist Dr Mak Koon Hou, this easy-to-read, informative and intriguing book helps you get your body in shape, understand the truth regarding diet and exercise, and finally, apply the knowledge daily.

Radical Technologies: The Design Of Everyday LifeRadical Technologies: The Design Of Everyday Life by Greenfield, Adam

Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future. Having successfully colonized everyday life, these radical technologies are now conditioning the choices available to us in the years to come. How do they work? What challenges do they present to us, as individuals and societies? Who benefits from their adoption? In answering these questions, Greenfield's timely guide clarifies the scale and nature of the crisis we now confront - and offers ways to reclaim our stake in the future.

Birds Of Java, Sumatra And BaliBirds Of Java, Sumatra And Bali by Tilford, Tony

This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali. The book features descriptions of 236 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips and information on bird biology and behaviour.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh CityTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh City by Hun Kee Kim

Population, cars and motorbikes have increased at higher than expected rates in Ho Chi Minh City, leading to increased congestion and strain on existing transportation infrastructure. While the city has a transportation infrastructure plan, it lacks adequate funds and is reliant on official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment to finance it. Amidst the backdrop of an opaque regulatory environment and intense competition among global ODA institutions, city officials speculate on multiple and contradictory transportation projects simultaneously. Conflicting interests between Bus Rapid Transit and Metro projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City exemplify the states speculative forms of governance in capturing transnational flows of ODA capital to finance infrastructure and call into question dominant framings of infrastructure as rational processes and technologies that work against the so-called irrational and unplanned structure of the city.

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of BorneoFinding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo by Hanbury-Tenison, Robin

Fifty years ago the interior of Borneo was a pristine, virgin rainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and na?ve, virtually tame, wildlife. It was into this 'Garden of Eden' that Robin Hanbury Tenison led one of the largest ever Royal Geographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary undertaking which triggered the global rainforest movement and illuminated, for the first time, how vital rainforests are to our planet. For 15 months, Hanbury Tenison and a team of some of the greatest scientists in the world immersed themselves in a place and a way of life that is on the cusp of extinction. Much of what was once a wildlife paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated by logging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, where traditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse species are slowly being driven to extinction. This is a story for our time, one that reminds us of the fragility of our planet and of the urgent need to preserve the last untamed places of the world.

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of SingaporeNaturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Singapore by Yong Dong Li, Lim Kim Chuah & Lee Tiah Khee

This fully revised and updated identification guide to 280 bird species, including all resident and regular migratory species, occurring in Singapore is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from Singapore's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific plus Chinese and Malay names, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Singapore encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status as at 2017.

From Drunken To Driven: The S.P.E.R.M. Model To Overcoming Alcoholism And Leading Fulfilling LivesFrom Drunken To Driven: The S.P.E.R.M. Model To Overcoming Alcoholism And Leading Fulfilling Lives by Dubey, Ram

From Drunken to Driven gives you a peek into the alcoholic life of Sunny. It shares insights into his experiences, thoughts, and challenges with alcoholism. It explains how he was able to triumph over this menace that had plagued his life. Anchored around the S.P.E.R.M. model, this book is peppered with researched facts, motivational statements, inspiring ideas, and healthy daily habits to drive change and contribute to rebuilding a sober, happy, and energetic life. The model provides a framework to help you recover and make a meaningful difference to yourself and also to others. This book is written with a firm belief that anyone who acknowledges his or her problem and has the courage to seek help can overcome alcoholism and lead a fulfilling life.