Asia

UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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Event: Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference [viewed]

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.  

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INC-Forests4 Suspended [viewed]

Chair Jan Heino (center) during one of the plenary sessions (photo courtesy of the INC-Forests Secretariat)14 June 2013: The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) made substantial progress in revising the draft negotiating text of a forest convention, but decided to suspend work until autumn because it had run out of time to conclude a few key issues in the text, reach consensus on institutional issues and prepare the interim arrangements for the convention.

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Bioversity International Considers Gender in Forest Research [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2013: Bioversity International announced the outcomes of the first workshop convened under its Gender Research Fellowship Programme on the theme of forest genetic resources, research and gender. The workshop aimed to identify differences between men and women with regard to the management of forests, as well as forest-related skills and knowledge.

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Comoros, Mongolia and Syria Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

CBD6 June 2013: The Comoros, Mongolia and the Syrian Arab Republic have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), bringing the number of ratifications to 18.

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UNDP, UNEP Toolkit Showcases Community Approaches to ICCAs [viewed]

UNDP UNEP5 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched 'A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities,' which highlights community approaches to the conservation of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Reducing “Foodprints” [viewed]

unep-world-environment-day5 June 2013: Commemorated annually on 5 June since 1972, this year's World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated around the theme, 'Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint,' and highlighted the importance of achieving a sustainable food future through a reduction in food waste. This year's celebrations were hosted by Mongolia, with thousands of activities taking place worldwide.

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World Bank Highlights Little Green Data Book's Relevance to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2013: The World Bank has released the 2013 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' the Bank's annual compilation of environment data. The Book assesses development and environment using over 50 indicators, including adjusted net savings (ANS), which aims to foster innovative ways of understanding sustainable development at the macroeconomic level, and to complement gross domestic product (GDP) measuring; both of which are key aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

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Coral Triangle Initiative Provides Guidance on Local Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment [viewed]

coral-triangle-initiative1 June 2013: In a new guidebook on vulnerability assessments and early action planning at the local level, the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) provides a framework for helping local communities prepare for climate change adaptation planning, understand climate change impacts, conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop local action plans.

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Event: Fifth Session of the ITPGR Governing Body [viewed]

The fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will address, among other issues: implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), including reviews and assessment under the MLS and implementation of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA); implementation of the ITPGR Funding Strategy; sustainable use of plant genetic resources; Farmers' Rights; implementation of the Global Information System; operation of the Third Party Beneficiary; and Work Programme and Budget for the 2014/2015 biennium. The meeting will be preceded by two days of regional consultations on 22-23 September 2013.  

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