Asia

IFAD Builds Adaptation Capacity of Smallholders [viewed]

IFAD3 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) outlined investments to help smallholders adapt to climate change as a contribution to improved livelihoods, nutrition and environmental health. The ‘Smallholder Advantage Report' covers actions ranging from improved access to weather information to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the cataloguing of traditional knowledge.

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CIFOR Draws on Indonesia Example for SIS Guidance [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The sixth in the series presents a case study from Indonesia to demonstrate a low-cost Safeguard Information System (SIS).

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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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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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CIFOR Explores REDD+ Social Safeguards in Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania [viewed]

CIFOR1 December 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The first in the series examines social safeguards in Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania.

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TTM Report Explores Updates on Illegal Logging Laws in Australia [viewed]

Itto1 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-30 November issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the entry into force of the new due diligence requirements within the Government of Australia's illegal logging laws. Other additions to the laws include a chain of custody scheme and specific guidelines for the State of New South Wales.

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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 #4: 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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CIFOR Explores REDD+ Engagement in Peru and Indonesia [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2014: Ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Lima, Peru, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released two info briefs on REDD+, one focusing on Indonesia, and the other on Peru.

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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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