Asia

Ramsar Launches Handbook on Wetland Education Centres [viewed]

Ramsar5 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and the Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation (ERF) have launched the ‘Handbook on Best Practices for the Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres.' The launch took place on World Environment Day 2014. The Handbook presents lessons learned on the design and operation of wetland education centres from around the world.

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Event: CBD International Workshop on Financing for Biodiversity [viewed]

This UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop will provide technical follow-up on the elements of the recommendation on resource mobilization, to be adopted by the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI 5) for consideration by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 12). It is organized with support from Japan, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland, as well as the European Commission.  

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Event: Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) countries will celebrate the third annual Coral Triangle Day. The Day offers the CTI-CFF countries an opportunity to raise awareness on and express support for the region's marine resources through activities around the Coral Triangle Region. Events will take place in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.  

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CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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INTERPOL, Select Asian Countries, Russia Discuss Intelligence-led Enforcement on Wildlife Crime [viewed]

interpol28 May 2014: Law enforcement representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Russian Federation, Thailand and Viet Nam met at the INTERPOL General Secretariat for a five-day consultation on enhancing intelligence-led law enforcement. 

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ASEAN WEN Discusses Enforcement, Marks 20th Anniversary of Viet Nam's Accession to CITES [viewed]

asean-wen29 May 2014: The 9th meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN WEN) discussed, among other issues, the enhanced enforcement efforts being taken by Viet Nam to combat illegal wildlife trade and to suppress demand for illegally traded products.

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On Fifth Anniversary, CTI-CFF Progresses on EAFM, Establishment of Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeADBMay 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) celebrated its fifth anniversary at the 5th CTI-CFF Ministerial Meeting (MM5). Ministers agreed on an 18 point Joint Ministerial Statement at MM5, which addresses fisheries management, threatened species and the establishment of a permanent Secretariat, among other items.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Considers Catalysts for Action on Large-Scale Restoration [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society30 May 2014: On the second day of the conference titled 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development,' participants heard about different approaches to restoration, projects from around the world, and reflections on the larger movement for ecosystem restoration.

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Event: CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

This preparatory meeting to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will be held back-to-back with the Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia.  

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Highlights Large-Scale Restoration as Path to Sustainable Development [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society29 May 2014: The first day of the international conference on 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development' opened with a high-level overview of major challenges and pathways to sustainable development. In opening remarks, Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia, pointed to the need to change business-as-usual practices, commenting that "impoverishing nature impoverishes humanity."

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