Asia

Sandwatch Stakeholder Workshop Presents Activities Carried out in Aceh, Indonesia [viewed]

Sandwatch21 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch stakeholder workshop involving SMA Negeri 1 and MTsN Lhoknga, teachers from schools in coastal Aceh Besar district, government officials, Panglima Laôt and local NGOs.

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ITTO Update Introduces Entry into Force of ITTA 2006 [viewed]

Itto21 May 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization published the first quarter Tropical Forest Update for 2013. The Update celebrates the entry into force of the International Tropical Timber Agreement 2006 (ITTA 2006), highlighting the objectives of improved trade of sustainably harvested tropical timber and the sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical timber producing forests.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Regional Online Real-time Conferences on Socio-economic Considerations Arising from Impacts of LMOs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online conference aims to continue the exchange of views and synthesis of information and experiences regarding socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, especially with regard to the value of biological diversity to indigenous and local communities. Building on a series of previous online discussions, the conference is open to representatives from Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and indigenous and local communities from the Asia-Pacific Region.  

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CITES Receives National Ivory Action Plans and Recommends Suspension of Trade with Guinea [viewed]

CITES16 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that it has received National Ivory Action Plans from China, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania and Viet Nam, the first group of countries identified as primary source, transit and import countries affected by illegal trade in ivory.

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Infosylva Focuses on Insects for Food Security [viewed]

FAOMay 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the ninth edition of its 2013 Infosylva newsletter following the inaugural International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. The newsletter also highlights upcoming FAO and other forest-related events.

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ITTO and Government of Japan to Fund Forest Rehabilitation in Côte d'Ivoire [viewed]

ITTO logo16 May 2013: The Government of Japan and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) have jointly signed an agreement to fund implementation of a large forest land rehabilitation project in Côte d'Ivoire. The financing, at the level of US$1.8 million, will support a project to rehabilitate Côte d'Ivoire's forest lands degraded during civil warfare in 2002-2005 and 2010-2011.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2013 Marks the Importance of Ecological Networks [viewed]

world-migratory-bird-day12 May 2013: This year's celebrations for World Migratory Bird Day 2013, held 11-12 May, highlighted the importance of ecological networks for the survival of migratory birds, the important human networks dedicated to their conservation, the threats migratory birds face, and the need to strengthen international cooperation to conserve them.

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Bioversity International Supports Resilience to Coconut Diseases [viewed]

Bioversity International9 May 2013: Faced with a new lethal disease, Bogia syndrome, which affects coconut palms, other palm species and some banana varieties, Bioversity International, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), is working with a coconut genebank in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, to fight the disease and to re-locate a coconut genebank.

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UNCCD Fact Sheet Highlights Relationship of Migratory Species and Drylands [viewed]

UNCCD logo7 May 2013: As a contribution to the 2013 World Migratory Bird Day (11-12 May), the sixth issue of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) thematic fact sheet series focuses on migratory species and desertification. The publication notes the efforts of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) and the UNCCD to conserve migratory wildlife and to improve the conditions of ecosystems that support such species and are affected by land degradation.

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Azerbaijan, Georgia Make Progress Towards the Joint Sustainable Management of Kura River [viewed]

unece-osce1 May 2013: As an element of a joint project between the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), representatives from Azerbaijan and Georgia convened to negotiate elements of a draft agreement on the sustainable management of the Kura River basin.

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