Asia

Guest Article #20: Making ABS Systems Work at the National Level [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ICNP 3) is scheduled to be held in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the 24-28 February 2014. The meeting comes at a crucial time; when momentum for a speedy entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has picked up, with close to thirty countries ratifying/acceding to the Protocol.

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Iraq Joins CITES [viewed]

CITES21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that Iraq has joined CITES as its 180th party. 

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Event: Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) will host a World Wildlife Day conference at its headquarters in Tokyo. The Tokyo Conference on Combating Wildlife Crime will include a series of panel discussions on: policy making in wildlife conservation; the role of the UN during environmental crisis (in the context of poaching); and lessons that can be learned from the experience of Japan in combating wildlife crime. On 4 March, there will be working group sessions for invited experts focused on wildlife policy, information systems and satellite remote sensing data. The main objective of the working groups is to develop a plan on how to bring about effective transboundary information sharing on wildlife crime, especially in developing countries. The outcome of the working groups will be the Tokyo Declaration on Transboundary Information Sharing.  

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Nine States Join CMS Sharks MoU [viewed]

CMS17 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that nine States in the Arab region signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) concluded under CMS.

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Event: Restoring Coastal Livelihoods: Increasing the Resilience of Mangrove-Aquaculture Socio-Economic-Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is convening a workshop to discuss the National Mangrove Strategy for Indonesia. The workshop will bring together a broad range of stakeholders to share experiences and lessons learned from coastal conservation and restoration programmes. The workshop will also examine the drivers of mangrove conversion to aquaculture, identify obstacles and opportunities for sustainable mangrove management, and develop participatory models and scenarios. Outputs from the workshop will include concrete recommendations for consideration during the development of the Mangrove Strategy.  

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GRASP Launches Application to Save Great Apes [viewed]

unep-grasp12 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of a mobile phone application called 'apeAPP,' by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). The application allows users to learn about chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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Operation COBRA II Announces Seizures and Arrests [viewed]

CITES10 February 2014: Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade led by officers from 28 countries, concluded with over 400 arrests in Asia and Africa and more than 350 seizures of illegal wildlife goods.

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Discusses Energy, Water and Food Security [viewed]

dsds20148 February 2014: Participants highlighted growing demand for energy, water and food, and recommended actions at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS).

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Report Documents Growing Role of Aquaculture in Meeting Global Fish Demand [viewed]

fao-worldbank-ifpri5 February 2014: A new report indicates that, with the rise in demand for fish and decline in wild capture fisheries, aquaculture is poised to deliver a greater proportion of global fish for consumption.

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NGOs Release Post-2015 Reports [viewed]

owgFebruary 2014: Numerous NGOs and civil-society groups have published reports to serve as inputs to the inter-governmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, and the eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publications include goal proposals, emphasis on specific issues, and ideas for the design of the agenda.

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