Asia

Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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Austria Provides US$2.2 Million through CBD LifeWeb Initiative [viewed]

LifeWeb31 October 2013: The Government of Austria has approved funding of US$2.2 million through the LifeWeb Initiative to help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through projects in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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CITES and UNCTAD Discuss Mechanisms to Ensure Sustainable Trade in Python Skins [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos4 November 2013: A meeting to discuss a traceability system that will ensure a sustainable and legal supply of South-East Asian python skins took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 October 2013.

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FAO Recommends Actions for Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on Forests [viewed]

FAO1 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Governments of Germany and Japan, has published a report, titled ‘Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests.'

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CITES Rhino Task Force Discusses Strategies to Address Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC31 October 2013: A meeting hosted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force and partners in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) discussed ways to stop the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, with a focus on the crime-trade chain.

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Japan Ratifies ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR28 October 2013: Japan has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the total number of Parties to 130.

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Event: First Asia Parks Congress [viewed]

The First Asia Parks Congress will bring together protected area practitioners in Asia exactly one year ahead of the 6th International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress. The Asia Parks Congress will serve as a lead-in by proposing ways forward based on lessons learned across the continent.  

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Event: IPBES Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Asia-Pacific consultation meeting is organized by the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Meeting objectives are to provide an opportunity to discuss and consider regional perspectives for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018 as well as other issues of the IPBES-2 agenda, including procedures and approaches for working with different knowledge systems and the IPBES conceptual framework.  

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Event: High-Level Forum on Biodiversity and Development for Post-2015 [viewed]

This Forum will be held in back-to-back with the 'Informal Consultation on IPBES and capacity building' and is organized by Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The meeting will focus on halting biodiversity loss and securing well-being through the incorporation of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides into the development agenda. The subsequent 'Informal Consultation on IPBES and capacity building' will aim to build further understanding and a convergence of views on how capacity building could and should be addressed in the context of IPBES.  

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