Asia

ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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UNODC Report Addresses Ivory Trade in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNODC4 September 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a report, titled 'Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment,' which highlights the scale of ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations in the region, among other issues.

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Coral Triangle Atlas Presents Maps of Regional Change [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative LogoSeptember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

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Central America Council Ministers Declare Support for ITPGR Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2013: Participating in a meeting of the Agricultural Council of Central America (CAC), six Ministers and two Vice-Ministers of Agriculture noted the importance of the Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica, developed in the framework of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), and declared their intention to incorporate it into their national agendas.

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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Pacific Island Ecosystem Management Launches Survey on Island Ecosystem Management [viewed]

unep-sprep20 August 2013: The Pacific Island Ecosystem Management project, a project commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is inviting stakeholders to share island ecosystem management best practices, through completing a short survey.

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SCBD/IDLO Expands Initiative to Build Legal Preparedness for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

idlo-cbdAugust 2013: Launched in 2012 as a partnership between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), with support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the Legal Preparedness for Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets initiative aims to build a global network of researchers to develop innovative legal approaches to achieve goals related to the Aichi targets, included in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Event: Saker Falcon Task Force – Stakeholders' Action Planning Workshop [viewed]

The Saker Falcon Task Force (STF) aims to find long-term solutions for the conservation and management of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) throughout its range. This workshop will bring together representatives from Range State governments, partners, other stakeholders and interested parties to review all available information on the species and to develop a 2nd Draft of the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan. STF is an initiative led by the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Bird of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

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Bioversity International and ICAR to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

Bioversity International13 August 2013: In a five year agreement focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016, Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have agreed to collaborate on biodiversity use and conservation, technical assistance, publications, outreach and training, as well as support for the exchange of plant genetic resources.

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Custodian Farmers Discuss the Conservation of Crop Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International9 August 2013: Building on a recent regional workshop in New Delhi, India, to establish a community of custodian farmers in Asia, national representatives, international specialists and farmers met in Pokhara, Nepal, to discuss strategies to strengthen the role of custodian farmers in on-farm conservation.

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