Asia

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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Land Tenure Journal Focuses on Fisheries Tenure [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Land Tenure Journal, an open-access journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has released a thematic issue focusing on fisheries tenure, with articles on fisheries in Grenada, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania and Southeast Asia.

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ADB, International Rice Research Institute Collaborate on Climate-Resilient Rice [viewed]

ADB25 September 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is collaborating with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to develop climate-resilient rice, as part of efforts to boost productivity in water-scarce and drought-prone areas. A first technical assistance project resulted in a yield increase of up to 30% with reduced water use.

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Event: Central and Eastern Europe Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Measures [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will seek to identify strategies and actions to mainstream biosafety into national measures and strengthen the capacities of Parties in the Central and Eastern European Region to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The workshop will: take stock of the status of implementation of the Protocol in the region and share experiences and lessons learned in the mainstreaming of national measures; identify mechanisms to improve Parties' legal and administrative measures to implement obligations under the Protocol; and promote awareness of the objective and core requirements of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and review the challenges and opportunities with regard to its ratification and implementation.  

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