Asia

Event: 1st International River Summit 2016 [viewed]

This conference, organized by the River Water User Association (India), will convene under the theme, 'Global Threat to Water Security and Biodiversity'. The conference will address: strategies and solutions for water management and conservation, drought and flood mitigation, crop production in a changing climate, and improvement of urban and rural water quality and river flows. The conference will focus on five sub-themes: water demand and storage potential in river basins; climate change impacts on hydrology, water resources and agriculture; threats to world's rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems; sustainable watershed planning for regeneration of river flows; and river biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability and restoration. Scientists, researchers, government officials, businesses, NGOs and students from a variety of relevant fields will participate in the conference. Abstracts may be submitted to the scientific committee until 1 September 2016.  

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APEC Senior Officials Discuss Actions Addressing Illegal Timber, Environmental Crime [viewed]

apec21 August 2016: Senior officials and technical experts from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies discussed policy measures to address illegal logging, fishing, land development and mining at APEC's Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM). Participants called for increased cooperation to ensure environmental sustainability and agreed on a timber legality guidance template.

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot [viewed]

mitigation_update17 August 2016: Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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Event: Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement [viewed]

The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. MOP3 will convene from 20-25 November. The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council will convene from 21-24 November.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [viewed]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council will address climate change, sustainable palm oil and illegal trade, as well as a proposal to add gibbons to the GRASP mandate. Governments, research institutions, conservation organizations, UN agencies and the private sector will attend the meeting. The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. GRASP is comprised of 105 partners, and the Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. GRASP's six priorities areas include: political advocacy, illegal trade, green economy, disease monitoring, conflict sensitive conservation and habitat protection. GRASP was founded in 2001 to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, all of which are either endangered or critically endangered. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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Event: International Snow Leopard Day [viewed]

Events across the world are being organized to celebrate International Snow Leopard Day. The Day commemorates the adoption by all snow leopard range countries of the 'Bishkek Declaration,' as well as the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), on 23 October 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the celebrations, on Friday, 21 October, there will be a High-level panel event held at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This event, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), GSLEP Secretariat and Kyrgyzstan, will: commemorate the Day; re-enforce GSLEP collaboration and synergies; highlight innovative programming, partnerships and progress on the ground; and strengthen political support and commitment for ongoing and new GSLEP initiatives, including the Global Presidential Summit in Bishkek planned for the summer of 2017.  

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CGIAR FTA Research Program Highlights 2015 Achievements in Annual Report [viewed]

landscapesandlivelihoodsAugust 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) confirm the importance of the integrated approach used by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), the six FTA partners state in their 2015 annual report. The publication, titled ‘Landscapes Livelihoods Governance,' reflects on FTA achievements related to: livelihood systems; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and global governance, trade and investment, among other areas of work.

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Strategic Alignment Group Maps UNGA Agenda with SDG Targets [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial21 July 2016: A group of five Permanent Representatives has issued a "mapping assessment" for reducing overlap between the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and enhancing their synergy and coherence. Their report, submitted to UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft, assesses how the targets of each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) are substantively addressed by the UNGA's agenda, the agendas of the UNGA Committees, and the agendas of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Commissions.

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UNESCO, IUCN Propose Protecting ABNJ Sites with World Heritage Status [viewed]

iucn_unesco443 August 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have released a report that explores how world heritage status may be applied to floating rainforests, sunken coral islands and undersea volcanoes in the world's oceans. The report considers three options for expanding the World Heritage Convention to protect sites situated in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Releases Annual Report [viewed]

CGIAR2 August 2016: The 2015 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Dryland Systems, which is titled ‘Towards Sustainable Livelihood in Drylands,' highlights improvements to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people in 2015. It further notes that the scientific evidence, tools and practices generated through Dryland Systems' integrated systems approach to agricultural research helped to shape global policies to mitigate land and resource degradation “in three billion hectares of drylands.”

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