Asia

Event: Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Asia [viewed]

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Asia region will take place from 3-7 November.  

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ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund.

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CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests [viewed]

CIFORJuly 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet they receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint.

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Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security [viewed]

Mountain Partnership14 July 2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples.

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Event: International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

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ABS Protocol Receives 50 Ratifications, Enters into Force on 12 October 2014 [viewed]

CBD14 July 2014: Following the most recent ratifications by Switzerland and Uruguay, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has gathered the required number of ratifications to enter into force.

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CITES SC65 Takes Action on Asian Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinoceros and Cheetahs [viewed]

wwf.delegation11 July 2014: Participants at the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) focused discussions on elephants, rhinoceros, Asian big cats, illegal trade in cheetahs, great apes, pangolins, ebony and rosewoods. Other topics addressed at the meeting included livelihoods, cooperation with other organizations, and species trade and conservation.

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CEPF, IUCN Will Provide US$9 Million for Pacific Biodiversity Projects [viewed]

iucn-cepf2 July 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for proposals for biodiversity projects in the Pacific. IUCN says it will provide a total of US$9 million to non-governmental organizations to work on projects in 20 biodiverse areas in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, covering a total of 1.5 million hectares.

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Pacific Mangroves Initiative Works Towards Declaration at SIDS Conference [viewed]

iucn-sprep1 July 2014: The Pacific Mangroves Initiative has developed a mangroves declaration, which is expected to be signed by Environment Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The declaration is expected to emphasize mangroves as key coastal ecosystems that need conservation and to formalize regional cooperation on their conservation and sustainable use.

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GEF SGP Supports Sun-Boat Development in Turkey [viewed]

GEF SGPJuly 2014: Turkey's Small Grants Program (SGP) has developed a solar powered boat designed especially for lakes under pressure from recreational activities. The emissions-free, noise-free “Güneşli Bot” aims to serve as a model for using solar photovoltaic energy in marine applications.

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