Asia

Land Matrix Introduces Regional Focal Points [viewed]

landmatrixOctober 2014: In its October newsletter, the Land Matrix reports on the organization's decentralization process, highlights data trends and dynamics, and illustrates drivers of large-scale land acquisitions.

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Event: Asian Irrigation Forum 2 [viewed]

This event, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 'Water For All' program, aims to improve the productivity and efficiency of irrigation and drainage services to farmers in Asia, following up on the first Asian Irrigation Forum held in 2012. The ADB's Water Financing Program has invested in several hundred irrigation projects in the region.  

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October 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance3 November 2014: During October 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ABD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on climate resilience projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.

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Workshop on IAF Beyond 2015 Provides Input to Ad Hoc Expert Group [viewed]

wiaf201531 October 2014: The Workshop on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015, a Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), examined and considered options for a renewed IAF based on strengths and weaknesses of the current IAF, as reported at the first meeting of the UNFF Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) as well as the report of an independent assessment.

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TTM Report Discusses Market Impacts of Ebola [viewed]

Itto31 October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-31 October issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights the current debate over whether insurance for the risk of natural disasters will cover timber market disruptions caused by the Ebola outbreak.

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Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Guest Article #40: Breadth and Collaboration at the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission pre-dates the term biodiversity by several decades, but in 1946, the founding members of the IWC had grasped the need to conserve species. At that time, the imperative of those whaling nations was wholly commercial, but nevertheless, they acknowledged the importance of conservation as well as regulation, when they created the Convention that continues to underpin the work of the IWC today.

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International Tropical Timber Council Opens 50th Session [viewed]

Itto3 November 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has opened the 50th meeting of its governing body, the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), and the associated sessions of its Committees in Yokohama, Japan. ITTC-50 will be the third meeting of the Council since the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006) entered into force on 7 December 2011.

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Sharks High on the Agenda at CMS COP11 [viewed]

CMS31 October 2014: In the run up to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), the CMS Secretariat published an editorial highlighting the urgent need for global protection of sharks, noting that the shark-diving industry can be worth more than the shark-fishing industry.

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UN-REDD Explores Reference Level Setting [viewed]

unredd31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a report on approaches for establishing 'Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels' (FREL/FRLs), which are relevant for climate change mitigation efforts such as REDD+.

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