Asia

CIFOR Report Examines PES in Viet Nam [viewed]

CIFOR16 August 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a brief that provides recommendations on payments for ecosystem services (PES) in Viet Nam. The brief examines institutional arrangements, benefit sharing, and monitoring and evaluation based on a study of PES mechanisms undertaken since 2008.

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Event: Harnessing Natural Resource Wealth for Inclusive Growth and Economic Development [viewed]

This conference will focus on policies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in natural resource rich countries. Key issues include ways to strengthen the macro-fiscal framework and strategies for economic diversification. The event will discuss shared lessons from regional and global perspectives with representatives from a number of diverse resource-rich countries in Asia and the Pacific, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, and will conclude with a high-level Policy Round Table Discussion. The organizers are the International Monetary Fund (IMF), jointly with the Government of Timor-Leste, and in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.  

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Event: APEC 2nd Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry [viewed]

This meeting of Forestry Ministers from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convenes in Cusco, Peru. The First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry took place in Beijing, China, from 6-7 September 2011. The first meeting released the 'Beijing Statement on Forests and Forestry,' which affirmed existing forest-related agreements and international processes such as the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), and aspired to strengthen cooperation and coordination among APEC economies on forest policies and management, including trade in sustainable forest products.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Latest Issue of Business.2020 Magazine [viewed]

CBDJune 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the latest issue of Business.2020, a magazine on business and biodiversity, featuring, among other articles, an interview with Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor to the UN Environment Programme's Green Economy Initiative and past Study Leader for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a preface by CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and an article by Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director, titled 'Rio+20: Launching ground for corporate sustainability.'

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UNEP Announces Drylands Partnership with UNCCD and Elion Foundation [viewed]

unep-unccd5 August 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to work with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), as well as the Beijing-based Elion Foundation, to tackle desertification through several drylands ecosystems projects. Pilot projects are planned for dryland areas in China, Mongolia and other Central Asian countries.

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New Bioversity International Director General Announces Initiatives [viewed]

Bioversity International26 July 2013: Upon joining Bioversity International as Director General, Ann Tutwiler has announced new initiatives and a vision to enhance the organization's work.

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme31 July 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the June/July issue of its newsletter, which highlights the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, including the approval of US$4 million for Colombia's national REDD+ programme.

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ITTO Tropical Forest Update Focuses on Timber Tracking [viewed]

ITTO logo29 July 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Tropical Forest Update with an editorial covering innovations to the tools and methods employed to track logs and finished wood products in developing countries. The update also reports on an ITTO project to track timber in Peru, as well as efforts by the Government of Cameroon to trace timber from community forests.

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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