Asia

April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal [viewed]

Forest Carbon17 April 2014: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Resource Mobilization [viewed]

This workshop is one of a series of regional workshops to support parties in the establishment of robust baselines and reporting frameworks, and the preparation of national financial plans for biodiversity. Its emphasis will be on exchange of national experiences and active learning, and the step-by-step development of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans. It is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

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Event: CBD Workshop for Southeast Asia on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for Southeast Asia will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. It aims to support Parties in the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of appropriate assessments, policy and planning tools to implement ecosystem conservation and restoration strategies at appropriate levels.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

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Bioversity Issues Factsheet on Genetic Diversity Conservation in Asian Tropical Forests [viewed]

bioversity-frim15 April 2014: Noting that forest genetic diversity can be lost after just one logging event, Bioversity International and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia have published a case study reviewing what is known about the impacts of logging on genetic diversity in Asian tropical forests. To accompany this research, they have also issued a factsheet to help policymakers and forest managers raise awareness of and conserve forest biodiversity.

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UNWTO Project Supports Sustainable Tourism in Georgia's Protected Areas [viewed]

Unwto14 April 2014: A UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) project, titled 'Support for Georgia in the Field of Protected Area Development,' has established a network of biodiversity-based tourism products in five Georgian national parks. The project, which concluded in April, aimed to improve tourism management and implement innovative biodiversity-based tourism.

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CBD Secretariat Provides Update on Submission of Fifth National Reports [viewed]

CBD10 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued an update on the fifth national reports, which in accordance to COP Decision X/10, were to be submitted by 31 March 2014.

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Bioversity International Examines Legal Frameworks for Fruit Tree Conservation in Central Asia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2014: In the report, 'Conservation of fruit tree diversity in Central Asia: Policy options and challenges,' Bioversity International investigates the legal and policy frameworks affecting the conservation of horticultural and wild fruit species' genetic diversity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. 

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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU [viewed]

PIFS12 April 2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade. 

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