Asia

IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshops for the Caribbean on the Preparation of the Fifth National Report and on the Clearing-House Mechanism [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with support from the Governments of Japan and Saint Lucia, these two workshops will be held in parallel, aiming to strengthen capacities of the countries in the region for preparing their fifth national reports and for developing their national clearing-house mechanisms, respectively.  

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for Asian LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop will provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 19 August, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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ITTO TTM Notes Illegal Trade Danger Rating Increase in Three African Countries [viewed]

ITTO logo30 June 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the 16-30 June issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which notes that Spain has increased the illegal timber danger rating to high for the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

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Bioversity International Profiles Farmers Supporting Crop Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International26 June 2013: In a publication titled 'Custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity: selected profiles from South and South East Asia,'  Bioversity International describes the role of farmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand in safeguarding the biodiversity of a wide variety of crops including mangoes, millet, indigenous vegetables and rootstocks.

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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Event: ITPGR Latin America and the Caribbean Coordination Workshop [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), this workshop will provide a forum for an exchange of views and information on the intersessional process leading to the fifth session of the ITPGR Governing Body, to be held from 24-28 September 2013, in Muscat, Oman.  

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Central Asian Countries Adopt CMS Action Plan on Migratory Species and Impacts of Mining [viewed]

CMS24 June 2013: Representatives from Germany, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met on the island of Vilm, Germany, to adopt an action plan to protect migratory species such as Saiga antelopes, wild camels, Mongolian gazelles and Asiatic wild ass from mining infrastructure development in Central Asia.  

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UNESCO MAB Session Adds 12 Sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco30 May 2013: The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

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Event: Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES [viewed]

An international expert workshop on the conceptual framework for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be convened by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and co-hosted by the Governments of South Africa and the UK, with additional support from the Government of Japan. The goal of the workshop is to share among the experts and the stakeholders work to-date on and to provide inputs to the development of a draft conceptual framework for the Platform. The outcome of this workshop will form the basis of a recommendation by the MEP of a conceptual framework for adoption by the Plenary at its second session scheduled to take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 9-16 December 2013.  

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