Asia

COMIFAC Council of Ministers Welcomes Regional Successes [viewed]

COMIFAC16 January 2014: The eighth meeting of the Council of Ministers to the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) met to provide advice and guidance to members and partners as well as the Executive Secretariat, approve the COMIFAC budget, and consider strategic directions.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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ITTO TTM Highlights Drastic Increase in China's Redwood Imports [viewed]

Itto16 January 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 January issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, highlighting a dramatic increase in redwood imports to China, with October 2014 values more than twice the figures in the same period of 2013. The report also notes that the export of redwood furniture from China only increased by 18% between 2013 and 2014.

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Event: CMS Raptors MoU TAG2 [viewed]

The Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will convene the Second Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG2) to the Raptors MoU.  

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Photos Selected for 'Soils through Youth's Eyes' 2015 Calendar [viewed]

ypardJanuary 2015: As part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) held a photo contest for a 2015 calendar based on the theme ‘Soils through Youth's Eyes.' The aim of the contest was to engage youth and have them illustrate the importance of this issue, from their own perspective.

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ADB, GEF Grant to Restore Degraded Land in Western PRC [viewed]

ADBJanuary 2015: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is undertaking activities to restore degraded lands and improve local livelihoods in the western region of the People's Republic of China (PRC), through a US$5.25 million technical assistance grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: Third International Conference on Natural Resource Management for Food and Rural Livelihoods [viewed]

Organized by the Soil Conservation Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, this conference will address ways to boost agricultural productivity for food security and economic development, while conserving and restoring the natural resource base. Topics to be covered include: assessment, development and management of natural and human resources for livelihood and food security; integrated management of water and land resources to prevent land degradation and salinity related desertification; conservation agriculture systems for drylands, rainfed and irrigated areas; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies including carbon sequestration in soils for different land use systems; and policy frameworks for capacity building to mitigate emerging problems in natural resource management. This is a 2015 International Year of Soils event.  

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World Bank Supports Coral Reef, Livelihood Revitalization in Indonesia [viewed]

Worldbanklogo8 January 2015: The World Bank has published a news feature detailing how its Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program—Coral Triangle Initiative (COREMAP-CTI) is working to revive coral reefs and fisheries in Indonesia. The project aims to institutionalize a decentralized, integrated framework for the sustainable management of coral reef resources and associated ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as to improve community livelihoods and the local economy.

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ICLEI-CBC Releases Report on Biodiversity Summit 2014 [viewed]

iclei-cbc6 January 2015: Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) - Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) released the report of the 2014 Cities and Subnational Governments Biodiversity Summit. The Summit was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, in parallel to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12).

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Event: Asia Regional Capacity-building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Asian Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to implement the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress by effectively integrating biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans. The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation and identify opportunities and means to foster regional cooperation.  

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