Regional - Asia

The Wind Turbine: A Green Energy Generator or a Threat to the Ecosystem

Wind turbines are known as effective energy generating systems since they use the wind, which is renewable and freely available. Moreover, wind turbine companies claim that the system generates no pollution or waste in its operation. The American Wind Energy Association and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association assert that wind is currently the most cost-effective source of renewable energy.

Connecting Wildlife Rescue Centers, Veterinarians, Scientists, and Conservation Research: A Korean Experience

The Conservation Genome Resource Bank for Korean Wildlife (CGRB) was established in 2002 at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University with the support of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation. CGRB has created a wildlife conservation network with the help of wildlife rescue centers, wildlife-related non-governmental organizations (NGOS) and has successfully connected field wildlife biologists, veterinarians and researchersin Korea.

The Preservation of the Ecology of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a unique strip of land, approximately 250km (160 miles) long and 4km (2.5 miles) wide. It runs across the Korean Peninsula from east to west, serving as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Since the Korean War armistice was declared in 1953, the ecology of the DMZ territory has been kept intact, and has evolved into a virtual treasure land of natural resources. In addition to its biological value, it is a historical place where many young people from 16 countries around the world sacrificed their lives.

Sharing Post-Tsunami Environmental Lessons Learned and Incorporating Nature Based Solutions into Disaster Recovery

Environmental concerns are essential components of human well-being and contribute positively to human security, providing basic materials for good life, good health and good social relations. Yet, these same resources are being damaged and over exploited, ultimately to the detriment of humans. In addition, increasing incidence and intensity of natural disasters and climate change are having an overarching impact on the environment. One of the key reasons why this damage continues is that an integrated approach is rarely adopted in disaster risk management and adaptation initiatives.

Man, Development and Water: Issues and Challenges in Himalayas

Water being fulcrum of future pace of growth and development of any economy, it is expected that the proposed workshop will prove beneficial to understand the issues and challenges of water related development in context of human dimension as well know nature based solutions to climate change. In the process of development, man (human dimension) is lacking, there are policy makers and executor, but not involvement of those for whom these developmental activities have been planned.

What is Asian system of Marine Protected Area? 

The importance of marine conservation is becoming higher and higher recently in global scale. To halt and reverse the degradation of marine ecosystems, the decision was adopted by COP10 of the CBD(Conservation of Biological Diversity) ; at least 10% of all the world’s marine and coastal areas should be protected by 2020. Also WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development) stated the need to develop MPA networks by 2012.

Habitat restoration to conserve Asia endemic primate, Phayre´s Leaf Monkey, in Myanmar

Phayre´s leaf monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei) distributes in the tropical Asia and mainly inhabits Southeast Asia. It is listed as endangered species in IUCN Red List since its population is at risk of becoming extinct or threatened by anthropogenic activities. Hunting stress and habitat loss are main causes for declining the population. It is also listed as CITES Appendix II in order to control the illegal trade. In Myanmar, Phayre's leaf monkey is given high priority for protection and it was listed as ´completely protected animals´ by the national wildlife law.

Impacts of climate change in coastal areas of Gujarat, India

The impact of climate change are more prominently observed and felt by Gujarat state. The paper aims to analyze impact of climate change on locals and adaptation needs.

Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts-Coastal Southeast Asia

Climate change is a global challenge but a lot can be done at the local level to minimize impacts and capture opportunities. IUCN´s Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts―Coastal Southeast Asia Project, funded by European Union, aims to increase adaptive capacity of people and the ecosystems on which they depend to cope with the anticipated impacts of climate change and plan for DRR, through sound governance and planning.

Implementation of the UN Decade on Biodiversity with a focus on South East Asian countries

The Decade on Biodiversity is the global strategic framework for biodiversity conservation since COP10 of CBD, Nagoya in 2010. Especially the targets on awareness raising, involving citizens in actions, conserving wild places and species together with related policy work are fields of activity where zoos and aquariums can contribute and make a difference. Globally, zoos and aquariums receive more than 700 Mio visitors each year - a huge potential for involvement and conveying the conservation messages.

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