Asia

Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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Event: World Soil Day 2013 [viewed]

Recognizing the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, agreed on a resolution proposing that the 5th of December be celebrated as World Soil Day. This day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing. Under the leadership of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has supported the formal establishment of a global awareness raising platform such as the World Soil Day. The FAO Conference in June 2013 unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested the 68th UN General Assembly to have it officially adopted. The 38th meeting of the FAO Conference, following consideration of proposals endorsed by the FAO Council at its 145th and 146th sessions to observe 5 December as World Soil Day and to declare 2015 as International Year of Soils with the objective of raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security, essential eco-system functions and sustainable development, adopted resolutions 4/2013 and 5/2013 endorsing the events.  

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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UNEP, SANDEE and ESCAP Convene Environmental Accounting Workshop [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and others, convened the 'Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia Region' workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, from 8-10 October. The conference included technical discussions on green accounting systems and valuing natural capital.

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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First Draft of CMS Argali Action Plan Open for Comments [viewed]

CMS10 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that the first draft of the International Action Plan for the Conservation of the Argali Sheep is open for comments. 

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Great Apes Summit Seeks Coordinated Response to Protect Great Apes [viewed]

GRASPOctober 2013: The inaugural Great Apes Summit has issued a statement, which underscores the dangers posed to great apes by the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations and outlines six action points to protect priority forests and their associated great apes.

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APEC Leaders Pledge to Promote Sustainable and Inclusive Growth [viewed]

apec8 October 2013: Ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies pledged strong commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth at the close of the 25th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on 8 October 2013.

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Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference Calls for Greater Private Sector Cooperation [viewed]

Asean4 October 2013: Participants at the Fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Heritage Parks Conference in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, called for the sustainable management of protected areas, along with increased cooperation with the private sector in conserving and managing biodiversity, based on the appropriate valuation of natural resources.

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Coral Triangle Reef Fish Valued at US$3 Billion [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeOctober 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative has released a study, titled ‘The Economics of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Coral Triangle,' which was commissioned to estimate the cost to protect and conserve Coral Triangle Ecosystems. The report estimates that reef fish are worth US$3 billion, and that coral reef ecosystems support employment of about 15 million small-scale fishers.

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