Asia

IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs [viewed]

iges-new12 December 2014: The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has announced the launch of a project, titled ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and to recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners."

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Event: Second Blue Planet Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

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TTM Notes Higher Than Expected Sale of Controversial Red Sanders [viewed]

Itto16 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 December issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the Rs 10 billion earned through the sale of confiscated red sanders logs by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. The sale was initially challenged in court, however the court ruled that the sale could proceed.

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Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation [viewed]

kisr16 December 2014: The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) convened a workshop to develop a national plan for the conservation of sea turtles. Participants discussed threats facing turtles and suggested the Indian Ocean South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA Marine Turtle M0U) as a future platform for regional cooperation.

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CITES Assesses Progress on Thailand's National Ivory Action Plan [viewed]

CITES4 December 2014: More than 20 Thai Government agencies with a role in implementing the country's revised national ivory action plan (NIAP) came together to discuss and brief John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), on progress on the NIAP.

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse MPA Roadmaps, Agree on Cooperation with FAO, SEAFDEC [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeDecember 2014: Representatives at the Tenth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-10) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) endorsed the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Working Group's Regional and National Roadmaps for 2014-2015, agreed on cooperation agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and agreed on organizational matters.

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FAO Newsletter Highlights Land Tenure Activities in Support of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: In a November newsletter, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) showcases the application of its ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security' in Guatemala. The newsletter also highlights issues and trends on land investments, notes support for the Voluntary Guidelines, describes events and other relevant news and lists recent publications.

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WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress [viewed]

waves10 December 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its December 2014 newsletter, featuring high-level endorsements of the initiative in Botswana, in-depth sessions on country-level national capital accounting (NCA) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and NCA reporting in partner countries.

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UNECE and FAO Develop European Forest Sector Scenarios [viewed]

FAO UNECEDecember 2014: As a contribution to the European Forest Sector Outlook Study (EFSOS II), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) prepared an assessment of the competitiveness of the European forest sector. The assessment notes the positive impact of global economic growth on the forest sector, but suggests that the European forest sector will not benefit from expanding regional markets to the same extent as other regions.

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ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

Asean13 November 2014: The 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) concluded with the issuance of declarations and statements on a number of transboundary issues of common concern including Ebola, wildlife trafficking, disaster response and terrorism. On wildlife trafficking, 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member States, as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the US, adopted the 'Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.'

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