Asia

SOS Funds 25 New Biodiversity Conservation Projects [viewed]

22 November 2012: The Save Our Species (SOS) initiative has announced its support for 25 new projects. In this second round, SOS is funding conservation projects on dolphins, dugongs, manatees, gibbons, rhinos and tigers, as well as lesser known but similarly threatened species such as river turtles, Asian crocodiles, flying foxes, freshwater fish and plant species.

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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CEE Releases Outcome Document on Education for Biodiversity [viewed]

November 2012: The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has released an Outcome Document on Education and Biodiversity Conservation, which was adopted at the International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Document outlines recommendations on an ESD strategic plan of action within the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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Caspian Ecological Forum Addresses Wise Use of Caspian Sea [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the Caspian Ecological Forum, which provided a platform for dialogue and cooperation for the wise use of the resource-rich Caspian Sea. 

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UNU-INWEH Outlines Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has published a policy brief titled “Securing the Future of Mangroves.” The brief is based on the World Atlas of Mangroves and describes both the current status of mangroves, including their economic value, as well as threats to mangrove ecosystems and considerations for good management practices.

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Event: CBD North Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria and a four-day workshop on, among other issues, describing EBSAs and reviewing and synthesizing relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system and other quality-controlled sources.  

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European Commission Identifies Third Countries Not Compliant with IUU Fishing Regulation [viewed]

15 November 2012: In a "Question and Answers" memo on illegal fishing, the European Commission discusses its decision to warn eight third countries of the risk of being identified as non-cooperative. 

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Ramsar Reports on Symposium for Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies [viewed]

14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the 2012 International Symposium for the Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies held in September, which aimed to evaluate the management plan for Gonggeomji and its possible designation as a Ramsar Site.

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