Asia News

Deforestation in Western Ghana in the region of the Upper Guinean Rainforest

Human development and biodiversity conservation can go hand in hand, study finds

A development scenario involving reduced meat consumption and crop waste, as well as less energy-intensive lifestyles can help us reach global development goals while also protecting biodiversity, according to a new study. …  

12 Jan 2015 | International news release

Participants from across four provinces in Viet Nam

Four coastal provinces reflect on climate change adaptation in Viet Nam

Between 14-15 December 2014, the Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) End of Project workshop brought together a little over 70 participants in Can Gio from across four provinces of the Mekong Delta — Kien Giang, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Can Gio.   …  

08 Jan 2015 | Article

TRAFFIC

Brisk trade threatens slow lorises

Cambridge, UK - A little-known venomous primate may be heading towards extinction due to the high demand for its use in traditional medicine. Surveys conducted in early 2014 by Oxford Brookes University and TRAFFIC in the border area between China and Myanmar have revealed the scale of the trade in Bengal Slow Lorises.
  …  

08 Jan 2015 | News story

Meeting of village forest conservation forums

Bangladesh to host the Regional Conference on Co-Management of Natural Resources in May

To further explore the process and status of co-management in Bangladesh, as well as in the region, the ‘Regional Conference on Co-Management of Natural Resources’ in Cox’s Bazar will be held from May 04 to 08, 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in a joint effort with the Bangladesh Forest Department (FD) and the Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh (DoF)  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Event

Vulture Safe Zone map

First vulture safe zone declared in Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh has declared two safe zones for Vultures where ‘zero tolerance' will be shown towards using ‘Diclofenac’ and other harmful veterinary drugs under article 20 (1) of  Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act 2012. The designated areas are Sylhet, parts of Dhaka and Chittagong covering an area of 19,663.18 sq km (1,966,318 ha) as Vulture Safe Zone-1 and  Khulna, Barisal and parts of Dhaka covering an area of 27,717.26 sq km (2,771,726 ha) as Vulture Safe Zone-2 (VSZ).   …  

06 Jan 2015 | News story

Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Paving the way for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam

Extensive shrimp farming has had major negative impacts on many coastal areas in Asia, with farmers converting large areas of intact mangrove forest to shrimp ponds. While the business can be lucrative, when prices fall or disease hits entire harvests may be wiped out. Even worse, the integrity of coastal ecosystems suffers, leaving local communities extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Article

A participant presenting the group discussion's results

Assessing MPA management effectiveness

In 2010, the government established 16 MPAs. Only eight of these have any form of management presence, however. Even where there is a management presence, there is concern about its effectiveness in the face of numerous threats. IUCN and others have done a good job over the last few years of documenting these threats, notably illegal fishing, loss of turtle nesting beaches, poorly planned development, land-based pollution, and in some cases very large numbers of visitors. What we haven’t done so well is to identify, let alone implement, consistently effective solutions that allow the MPAs to meet their management objectives. …   | Vietnamese

30 Dec 2014 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

National Assembly Vice President Uong Chu Luu delivering opening remarks at the workshop

National Assembly and water governance

On March 28-April 1, 2015, the National Assembly (NA) will host the 132rd Assembly of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union: http://www.ipu.org/conf-e/132agnd.htm. On the agenda is a resolution on “Shaping a new system of water governance: Promoting parliamentary action on water”. In preparation, the NA organized a workshop in December, chaired by the NA Vice-President, to share ideas on water governance in Vietnam. The presentations on domestic and international water governance and plenary discussion raised some interesting issues. …   | Vietnamese

29 Dec 2014 | Article
0 Comments | Write a comment

Participants from Beung Kiat Ngong and Xe Champhone Ramsar sites discuss ways to improve tourism and rice cultivation.

Communities from Southern Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar site management

Community members from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site in Champasak province recently participated in a study tour in Xe Champhone Ramsar site in Savannakhet province. Held from 10-12 December 2014, the objective of the study tour, which is one of the closing activities of the four-year long Mekong Water Dialogues projects, was for communities to share experiences on Ramsar governance and promote the Ramsar Convention principle on the wise use of wetlands.  

28 Dec 2014 | News story

Tree Kangaroo

SOS at World Parks Congress

It’s late Monday evening at the World Parks Congress and there is a party booming outside on the lawn. Despite the late hour, upstairs in Hall 2, Pod North is crammed with people. Organised by SOS – Save Our Species, this event featured a selection of grantees presenting on their work.   …  

23 Dec 2014 | News story