Asia

Green Silk Road Fund to Recover 1.3 Million Hectares of Land [viewed]

UNCCD logo9 March 2015: On the sidelines of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference, an initiative to plant 1.3 billion trees in ecologically vulnerable regions along the Silk Road over the next 10 years was launched. The Green Ecological Silk Road Investment Fund (or Green Silk Road Fund) was initiated through a public-private partnership in China that also includes as partners the Elion Resources Group, Ping An Bank, China Oceanwide, and the Administrative Committee of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, among others.

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ITTO and Japan Support Sustainable Timber Markets in Africa [viewed]

Itto2 March 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan have announced a US$1.4 million investment in support of sustainable timber supply chains within Africa.

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China Announces Plan to Halt Commercial Logging in Natural Forests [viewed]

Itto28 February 2015: As highlighted in the latest International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Tropical Timber Market Report (TTM), the Government of China has announced a three-stage plan to phase out all commercial logging in natural forests in an effort to protect remaining natural forest areas.

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AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation [viewed]

amcen_unep4 March 2015: A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address: biodiversity decline; progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth.

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Event: Eurasian Regional Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015) [viewed]

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing regional implementation plans.  

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Event: Threats to Sustainability of the Forest Sector Workforce [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section are convening the workshop in order to explore options for green jobs in the forest sector. The workshop is a response to the pillar of the Rovaniemi Action Plan addressing challenges and opportunities encountered by the forest sector workforce in the Green Economy. Focusing on the UNECE region, the workshop will be carried out in English, French and Russian.  

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders [viewed]

UNDP24 February 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia announced the launch of a pilot project to implement the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) system on smallholder plantations. The project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, is expected to engage 2,200 smallholders represented by six cooperatives.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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TEEB Holds Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Implementation in China [viewed]

Teeb11 February 2015: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has brought together representatives from governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and the private sector for a workshop on implementing TEEB in China and strengthening information and knowledge sharing in the TEEB stakeholder network. Stakeholder discussions focused on a range of national and international topics, including global implementation, valuation methodologies, sustainability practices of businesses and NGOs, and the development of policy-based TEEB frameworks.

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