Asia

IUCN ROWA Highlights Conservation in West Asia [viewed]

IUCN8 December 2014: During a World Parks Congress (WPC) event organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), participants agreed that a multidisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation and protected areas (PAs) is necessary to highlight gaps and to effectively manage PAs in the West Asia region.

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CMS/FAO Task Force Releases Statement on H5N8 Avian Influenza [viewed]

fao-cms3 December 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds statement on H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in poultry and wild birds.

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CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat Established; Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative12 November 2014: The Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Secretariat of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) entered into force on 30 November 2014, as agreed by the CTI-CFF's six member countries at the 10th CTI-CFF Senior Officials meeting. Widi Agoes Pratikto, Indonesia, has been appointed the permanent Regional Secretariat's Executive Director.

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Republic of Korea Outlines Actions to Address IUU Fishing in NPOA [viewed]

korea-flagAugust 2014: The Republic of Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has submitted the third review of its National Plan of Action (NPOA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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GRASP to Use Sina Weibo to Promote Great Ape Conservation [viewed]

GRASPDecember 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will engage with Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, to reach out to a Chinese audience about the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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IUCN: Policy Matters More than Money for Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

iucn-birdlife-cefe1 December 2014: A study authored by scientists from the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International assesses the performance of individual nations and regions in meeting their responsibilities for global biodiversity conservation. It concludes that countries with consistent, conservation-oriented policies do a better job protecting biodiversity, and that performance is not necessarily tied to economic capacity.

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Policy Update #2: CMS COP11 Shines Spotlight on Conservation in Central Asia [viewed]

One of the important outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) was the adoption of the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI), an innovative and comprehensive framework for the conservation of 15 species of Central Asian mammals, including the iconic and threatened snow leopard, argali sheep, saiga antelope, Asiatic wild ass and the Asiatic cheetah.[1]

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IMO Provides Update on BWM Convention at Shiptech Conference [viewed]

IMO18 November 2014: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared strategies for implementing its International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) with flag and port authorities, ship operators, engineering firms and other stakeholders at the Seventh Annual Middle-East Shiptech Conference. The conference explored how the Middle East region can best apply technology to maximize energy efficiency, fuel economy and shipping safety.

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CITES Virtual College Accessible in Chinese [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES26 November 2014: The Virtual College of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been translated into Chinese in an effort to reach a wider audience and assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities. Already more than 20,000 users have accessed the College, with 8 out of the top 20 user countries located in regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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