Asia

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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Republic of Korea and FAO Collaborate on Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO31 January 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop capacity in fisheries and aquaculture and to promote compliance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

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Policy Update #1: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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CMS Invites Contributions to Central Asia Large Mammals Initiative [viewed]

CMS3 February 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited parties and interested stakeholders to contribute to an initiative targeting the conservation of large mammals in the wider central Asian region.  

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