Asia

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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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Ecosystem Service Site-Assessment Toolkit [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with BirdLife International and 13 other institutions, has developed 'The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).' TESSA is intended to guide non-specialists through a selection of methods to identify site-specific ecosystem services and specifies "winners" and "losers" as a result of the change of ecosystem service availability.

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UNEP-WCMC and SNV Release Briefing on Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring in REDD+ [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and SNV Viet Nam have developed a briefing note on participatory biodiversity monitoring (PBM) in REDD+. The brief presents key issues for the consideration of national REDD+ programmes in developing PBM.

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IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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Second Committee Organizes Work for 68th Session [viewed]

UNGA9 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational meeting for the 68th Session, electing the Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur, reviewing and approving the calendar of meetings, and discussing proposed changes to the Committee's working methods.

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Bioversity Publication Addresses Implementation of the ITPGR MLS in India [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2013: Titled 'A road map for implementing the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing in India' and published by Bioversity International and partners, this publication is a collection of 14 papers addressing a range of issues that are important to consider as India develops its strategy for implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and its multilateral system (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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