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Latest News - 26 August 2014
UNESCO World Heritage Paper Highlights SIDS' Cultural Heritage and Resources
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25_August_2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a paper on 'Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities,' as a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper describes the evolution of the SIDS agenda, highlights SIDS in the World Heritage Convention (WHC) context, and includes seven thematic papers on shared concerns and challenges across SIDS, such as disaster risk management (DRM) and building resilience to climate change, land management and sustainable tourism. continued...
Regional Workshops Address Key CMS COP 11 Agenda Items
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21_August_2014: Regional preparatory and negotiation workshops recently convened in Chile and Fiji, as part of a series of four regional capacity building workshops 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 COP 11). continued...
ADB Urges Focus on Food Insecurity, Disaster Reduction
Read More: ADB Urges Focus on Food Insecurity, Disaster Reduction
20_August_2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released its annual statistical report on key social and economic indicators, which calls for paying greater attention to the impacts of rising food prices on the poor, and addressing their vulnerability to disasters, climate impacts and other kinds of risk. continued...
USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Global Resilience Partnership
Read More: USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Global Resilience Partnership
20_August_2014: The Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a fund intended to build the resilience of disaster-prone communities in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The initial investment of US$100 million will fund the best ideas and innovations resulting from a Resilience Challenge open to academic, non-profit and private sector entities. continued...
ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia
Read More: ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia
19_August_2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.” continued...
CTI Workshop Develops Country Roadmaps on MPAs
Read More: CTI Workshop Develops Country Roadmaps on MPAs
14_August_2014: Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) member countries and their partners developed roadmaps to improve marine protected area management (MPA) at the Fifth CTI on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Exchange on MPAs (REX5) workshop. Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste will implement the roadmaps from 2014 to 2020. continued...
Bioversity Highlights Work on Conservation, Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity
Read More: Bioversity Highlights Work on Conservation, Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity
August_2014: Bioversity International's 2013 Annual Report highlights work in relation to four themes, namely how agricultural biodiversity is consumed, produced, planted and safeguarded. continued...
UNEP Highlights Black Sea Pollution Crisis
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20_August_2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released information on the work of the Global Wastewater Initiative in Georgia to reduce pollution in the Black Sea. The Global Wastewater Initiative is an international multistakeholder partnership under the aegis of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA). continued...
Oceania Regional Prep Meeting Highlights Role of Wetlands in Biodiversity, Livelihoods
Read More: Oceania Regional Prep Meeting Highlights Role of Wetlands in Biodiversity, Livelihoods
18_August_2014: Wetlands play a critical role in sustaining island biodiversity and livelihoods, according to participants at the sixth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar). Participants also discussed priority areas for Ramsar's new Strategic Plan, which will provide a framework for future action for Ramsar and the world's wetlands from 2016. continued...
ITTO TTM Reports on Objections to Indonesia Export Ban
Read More: ITTO TTM Reports on Objections to Indonesia Export Ban
16_August_2014: The 1-15 August issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) highlights an industry appeal to allow log exports in Indonesia. According to the article, because of the existing ban, Indonesian domestic log prices are half of the international market price. continued...
SPREP Supports Eradication of IAS in Cook Islands
Read More: SPREP Supports Eradication of IAS in Cook Islands
15_August_2014: The ‘Prevention, control and management of invasive alien species (IAS) in the Pacific islands' project, implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is supporting the Cook Islands in the removal of IAS, with several planned activities now underway. continued...
ICIMOD Reports on Women's Adaptation to Climate Change in Nepal
Read More: ICIMOD Reports on Women's Adaptation to Climate Change in Nepal
14_August_2014: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has published a report, titled 'Women's Empowerment at the Frontline of Adaptation: Emerging Issues, Adaptive Practices, and Priorities in Nepal.' The publication outlines the vulnerabilities of women in Nepal, especially as climate change threatens rural livelihoods, and examines women's roles in adapting to a changing climate and natural resource base. continued...
ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal Analyze Food Security, Climate Challenges in Himalayas
Read More: ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal Analyze Food Security, Climate Challenges in Himalayas
14_August_2014: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GRID-Arendal have released a report detailing the food security and agricultural situation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The publication considers how food security is being affected by changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the region, including climate change and rising global food prices. continued...
Arab Forum on Post-2015 Addresses Socio-economic Inequality
Read More: Arab Forum on Post-2015 Addresses Socio-economic Inequality
July_2014: The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the Arab Organization for Administrative Development (ARADO), in cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, held a regional Arab forum to discuss the post-2015 process. The event, titled 'Addressing social and economic inequalities: the need for a new paradigm,' resulted in policy recommendations on reducing socio-economic inequality in the region. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 25 Aug - 12 Sep
Regional Capacity-Building Workshop for the Pacific Region on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use under the CBD Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 26 Aug - 28 Aug
Inter-Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets San Jose, Costa Rica 29 Aug - 31 Aug
Asia Pacific Conference on Development Justice Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China 1 Sep - 2 Sep
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe Yerevan, Armenia 8 Sep - 10 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
Adaptation Fund: Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #3 Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 10 Sep - 12 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
17th International River Symposium Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 15 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
HABITAT III - First PrepCom New York City, US 17 Sep - 18 Sep
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
 
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