Asia

CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities [viewed]

CMS3 December 2013: The 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS StC41) discussed the increased competition for funding with other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the need for synergies, policy coherence and greater efficiency. During the Meeting, the Secretariat highlighted progress in the development of an international action plan for the conservation of the argali sheep as well as the Central Asian Initiative to conserve migratory mammals. 

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ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO [viewed]

ITTO logo2 December 2013: At the Forty-ninth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated Sessions of the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management held in Libreville, Gabon from the 25 to 30 November 2013, the ITTC reviewed project implementation, launched new projects, and received funding pledges in support of the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CGIAR Institutions Enacting Open Access and Data Management Policy [viewed]

CGIAR26 November 2013: In a commitment to making information products, including spatial, crop, socio-economic and genomic datasets, open access over the next five years, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has put into place its Open Access and Data Management Policy.

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Event: CBD Second Dialogue Seminar on Scaling up Finance for Biodiversity [viewed]

Convened jointly by the Governments of Ecuador, India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, Uganda and the European Commission, the second dialogue seminar aims to enhance mutual understanding of the different views and perspectives on financing for biodiversity. It will focus on the implementation of Aichi targets 2, 3 and 20 in the context of Decision XI/4 on resource mobilization and its three sections on target-setting, review of implementation of the strategy for resource mobilization and the roadmap. Particular attention will be given to the different ways of assessing the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the mechanisms to integrate these values into decision-making.  

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IUCN Asia Parks Congress Highlights the Role of Protected Areas for Human Well-Being [viewed]

IUCN19 November 2013: The first Asia Parks Congress concluded with a call for greater collaboration to ensure the contribution of protected areas to human well-being in the region. The next International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in 2014, under the theme 'Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions,' will build on the Asia Parks Congress. to highlight the role that protected areas play in conserving nature while also delivering ecosystem services and contributing to the goals of economic and community well-being in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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Bioversity International Publishes Report of Capacity-Building Project on ITPGR Implementation [viewed]

Bioversity International18 November 2013: Bioversity International has published the report of the mid-term review workshop on a project, titled 'Strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (ITPGR), which brings together partners from Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Nepal, Rwanda and Uganda as well as other international organizations.

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ITTO Update Notes the Value of Tropical Timber Industry [viewed]

Itto13 November 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the third edition of the twenty-second volume of its Tropical Forest update, focusing on sustainable tropical forest industries.

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Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Newsletter Focuses on Fisheries [viewed]

FAONovember 2013: Inviting participation in an e-consultation on the Governance of Tenure Technical Guide on Fisheries, the November 2013 Newsletter of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative provides an update on the status of fisheries governance.

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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting on Socio-economic Considerations [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting is part of the intersessional process on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, as addressed by Article 26 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The meeting will examine the outcomes of a series of online forums and regional online conferences and a compilation and review of information on socio-economic considerations. It aims to develop conceptual clarity on socio-economic considerations. The meeting report will be submitted for consideration by the seventh meeting of the Protocol's Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP 7).  

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