Asia

OSCE Trains Customs Officers to Detect Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Hazardous Waste [viewed]

OSCE3 October 2014: The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organized a regional workshop to build the capacity of customs authorities from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in detecting the illegal trafficking of hazardous waste, pesticides, ozone-depleting substances and endangered plants and animals.

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Guest Article #23: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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UN Report: Benefits Outweigh Costs in Investing in Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The second report of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 concludes that the benefits of investing in measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity outweigh the financial costs and include multiple economic and environmental benefits.

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Event: Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection [viewed]

The UN Symposium on 'Mainstreaming Sector Policies into Integrated National Sustainable Development Planning: Enhancing Sustainable Tourism, Urbanization, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection' will: address options, ways and means to promote sustainable tourism that is economically viable (for public and private investors), socially and economically beneficial (for employees and small-scale entrepreneurs), and environmentally benign (minimal environmental impacts, enhanced resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation); advocate and promote integrated policy decision-making related to sustainable urbanization and tourism at all levels, including the various concerned government departments and agencies and public, private and community stakeholders; propose recommendations of good practice (for project developers, planer, and financiers), in terms of integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; exchange information, review and analyze trends in global and regional tourism demand, analyze demand projections and compare alternative approaches to marketing strategies; identify potential areas or projects for international cooperation and partnerships; and to document best practice examples for publication on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The event will be co-hosted by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO) and the Tehran Office of UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will be co-organized by DESA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

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UNEP, IUCN, GEF Supporting Establishment of MPAs in Lebanon [viewed]

unep-gef-iucn8 October 2014: Lebanon's Ministry of Environment (MoE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) are collaborating on the 'Marine and Coastal Biodiversity' project, which aims to establish two marine protected areas (MPAs) in Lebanon. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is financing the project.

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Pacific Island Countries Showcase Joint Framework at CBD COP 12 [viewed]

sprep-cbd7 October 2014: Pacific island countries shared their joint ‘Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2014-2020' during an event at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12). The Framework aligns closely with the CBD's Aichi Biodiversity Targets and National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans (NBSAPs).

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TRAFFIC Report Reviews Trends in Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

traffic22 September 2014: The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project has published a study prepared by TRAFFIC on illegal trade trends in wild African elephant and rhinoceros.

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Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species.

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CBD COP 12 Opens [viewed]

cbd126 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) has opened in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea, under the theme ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.'

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Six Asia-Pacific Countries, FAO Meet to Develop Blue Growth Initiative [viewed]

FAO2 October 2014: Representatives from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to develop a FAO regional initiative on blue growth at a two-day inception workshop. The blue growth initiative aims to intensify aquaculture production in a sustainable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner.

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