DECEMBER 2013
 
Asia News
ACTION
 
 

IUCN pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

IUCN joins the world in mourning the passing of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and celebrating his life. President Nelson Mandela was a valued friend and supporter of IUCN. In 2003 he served as Patron of the IUCN World Parks Congress that was held in Durban, South Africa.

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Nelson Mandela and IUCN delegation
 

Asian Sacred Natural Sites Network established

The Asia Parks Congress held in Sendai, Japan hosted a dedicated working group to discuss the rich and diverse dimensions of sacred natural sites in Asia. Preparatory inputs into the World Parks Congress were made and steps were taken towards establishing an Asian Sacred Natural Sites Network. 

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A Soliga paying his obeisance at a Devaru site in the temple and wildlife reserve.
Structures such as a cluster of stones, in this case, and an unusually shaped tree are accorded sacred status and worshipped.
 

Bird’s Nest Protection Programme helps Giant Ibis

Largely restricted to northern Cambodia, the Giant Ibis has been embraced by the Cambodian people as their national bird. However, due to human disturbances its population has rapidly declined in recent years. The Bird's Nest Protection Programme, supported by IUCN, is helping the Ibis population recover.

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12A_037_01, Giant Ibis, Elanor Briggs, SOS; WCS
 

CEPF phase II activities in Indo-Burma region receives overwhelming interest

The first call of the second phase of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) activities has received 228 letters of inquiry (LOIs) suggesting a growing need and demand for investment in biodiversity conservation in the Indo-Burma region. The five-year CEPF investment in the Indo-Burma hotspot aims at conserving biological diversity in threatened hotspots.

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CEPF logo
 

Two dams stopped after IUCN advises against World Heritage nomination

Viet Nam has dropped plans for two proposed hydropower plants that would have affected Cat Tien National Park- a protected area, which has been on the tentative list for possible World Heritage nomination since 2006.

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Bau Sau Lake, Cat Tien National Park, Viet Nam
 
EVENTS
 

Coastal Forum highlights nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation

More than 200 delegates representing local communities, government agencies, academics, NGOs and media from Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered together at the Second Annual Coastal Forum from 15-18 October in Soc Trang Province, Viet Nam, to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices for climate change adaptation in the coastal zone, highlighting nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches.

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Vietnam
 

Experts Stress “Hydro-Diplomacy” for Improved Water Cooperation

The Pakistan Water Programme, IUCN Pakistan and Oxfam Novib organized a roundtable discussion on how hydro-diplomacy can improve water cooperation between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and relieve pressure on scarce water resources.

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Asia Parks Congress concludes with pledge for a new era in protected area collaboration

The first ever pan-Asia gathering on the region’s national parks and protected areas concluded with a pledge for stronger collaboration that will capture the energy of the current Asia boom to ensure protected areas contribute to human progress while also conserving the region's rich biodiversity.

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Asia Parks Congress 2013
 

Pakistan hosts South Asian Environmental Assessment Conference (SAEAC)

Jointly organized by the Government of Pakistan and IUCN, this important regional conference stressed the importance of transparent and effective impact assessment processes in driving sustainable development in Asia.

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KNOWLEDGE
 

Mekong delta in the crossfire of change

A new documentary film highlights the fragility of the Mekong Delta in the face of triple threats from rapid development, climate change and hydropower development. The 25-minute documentary follows the efforts of students and scientists from Can Tho University as they develop a resilience strategy for the many challenges facing the Mekong Delta.

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Mekong: Viet Nam - the Delta film screening and panel discussion at FCCT
 
BLOG HIGHLIGHTS
 

Talk of rivers and flooded forests

Jane Lawton, Head of IUCN Asia Communications describes her experiences at the annual planning meeting for the Mekong Water Dialogues project in Siem Reap, Cambodia and a visit to nearby Tonle Sap Lake.

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Jane Lawton, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia
 

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