Asia

UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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European Project on Coastal and Marine Governance Holds Final Meeting [viewed]

pegaso22 January 2014: The PEGASO project of the European Commission (EC) recently held its final conference. PEGASO, or 'People for Ecosystem-based Governance in Assessing Sustainable development of Ocean and Coast,' focused on supporting integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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Raptors MOU TAG1 Discusses Conservation Priorities for Birds of Prey [viewed]

CMS24 January 2014: Experts on birds of prey convened in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG1) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU). The establishment of the Group is a vehicle to enhance cooperation to address specific threats to raptors, such as electrocution and poisoning. TAG1, held from 21-24 January, reviewed a series of conservation priorities.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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ITPGR Training Workshop for Asia Report Available Online [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: Titled 'Enhancing Capacities to Understand and Implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Report of an International Training Workshop,' and published by Bioversity International, this report documents a training course on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Bioversity International to Run Training Course on Preservation of Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJanuary 2014: In an effort to build capacity in the conservation of the thousands of species with difficult-to-store seeds or challenging clonal propagation, up to fifteen scientists will be trained in tissue culture, cryopreservation and in vitro conservation of crops, as well as in molecular techniques and protocols for conservation of plant seeds and tissues through a course at the Indian National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR).

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Event: CBD Workshop for Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will focus on the preparation of the fifth national reports under the CBD, including: assessing the status and trends of, and threats to, biodiversity; implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and biodiversity mainstreaming; and assessing progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets and relevant 2015 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the pilot online reporting system to monitor progress on implementation.  

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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Italy Supports Bioversity International Research on Conservation of Crop Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International14 January 2014: The Government of Italy has made a pledge of support to Bioversity International to boost its research on the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural systems, including wild relatives of crops.

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