Regional - Asia

Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO): One Asia for Green Asia

We would like to organize a Workshop on establishing AFoCO (Asian Forest Cooperation Organization), a regional organization, according to the "Agreement" to be adopted and ratified by the ASEAN Member States and Republic of Korea (ROK) this year. Included in our knowledge products are the accomplishments of what we have done through cooperation between ASEAN and ROK and the progress in the establishment of AFoCO. AFoCO´s vision, objective and legal status, structure and organizational chart, and areas of cooperation will be also highlighted.

Monitoring of Tidal Flats and Waterbirds in New Songdo City, ROK, by Local Students

We work in New Songdo City, Incheon City, built on recently reclaimed tidal flats. At Chadwick International School, our seventh grade students are studying the effects of ongoing reclamation of tidal flats on waterbirds, in particular the locally breeding but globally Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill, Platalea minor. We are collaborating with a local NGO, the Incheon Black Faced Spoonbill Network (IBFSN) to perform year round avian surveys of three waterbird habitats, including the remaining Songdo tidal flats.

From Forest Eco-corridor of Korean Peninsula to Northeast Asia Eco-corridor

Baekdudaegan that is North-east Asia eco-corridor was attacked and lost the networking function of ecosystems by people´s excessive activity such as making the border line, armed conflict and indiscreeting land use. Therefore, after recognizing the changes in animals and plants by ecological severance,
we would like to share the plans, opinions and ideas for the restoration of Northeast Asia´s
ecological networks function and how to build its cooperative restoration system.

Community Based Mangrove Restoration in Palk Bay

This presentation will explain about how a mangrove restoration project has been successfully benefit the livelihood of fisher community. The project is proceeding with the public participation in multiple ways towards long‐term conservation. The poster will also explain about the major threats of mangroves how the threats were removed in selected sites. The poster will have the time lapse photos that were taken from the project area, which will show how the mangroves are regenerated using ecological regeneration method.

Integrating ecosystem service value assessment into environmental assessment

Human well-being is entirely dependent on ecosystem and biodiversity, yet these resources and their own values are being degraded dramatically as the human society is developed. Ecosystem service could be a criterion for valuing natural resources, regarding the preservation of natural resources and their uses. Nevertheless, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment identified the systematic under-valuation on ecosystem service and the failure to capture its value.

Development and promotion of local community through conservation of evergreen broad-leaved forest in east Asia.

Evergreen broad-leaved forests are found continuously from tropical to warm-temperate region in east Asia, especially lucidophylolus forests in east Asia have several specific traits to adopt northern limit of the forests. However, primeval lucidophyllous forests have endangered due to development and overuse of human activities in whole east Asian countries. We have started a model project to restore natural forest from commercial forest with multi-stakeholders, and to develop and promotion of local community in harmony with nature in Aya town, Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan.

Demand reduction messaging for consumption of tigers and other endangered wildlife species

The world will see iconic wildlife species go extinct in the near future if the unbridled demand for parts and products of these and other endangered species is not significantly reduced. This has already happened for sub-species of tiger and rhino in Asia. There is little doubt that in the short term, direct action to identify and apprehend poachers and illegal traders is of the utmost importance, but without a complementary effort to impact the persistent market demand that drives this trade, emergency enforcement action alone will be in vain.

The Environmental Doomsday Clock: Survey on Global Environmental Issues

For 20 years, Asahi Glass Foundation has been publishing the report, "Result of the questionnaire on environmental problems and the survival of humankind." It is about cognition of environmental experts of the world about the pressing environmental situation.

To summarize the cognition of the experts, we created "The Environmental Doomsday Clock" that gauges whether we locate near or far from the environmental death and destruction of nature, which inevitably leads to the Doomsday of human being.

Endangered wildlife Conservation in China

China is one of the countries in the world with richest wildlife. Industrialization, economic development and population pressure have posted severe threats to survival of wildlife in the country.

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