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Laos, Thailand to share in environmental protection PDF Print E-mail

(Vientiane Times) Laos and Thailand have agreed to work together to sustain water resources and manage the environment through cooperation in several areas.

Minister to the Prime Minister's Office and Head of the Water Resource and Environment Administration, Ms Khempheng Pholsena, and Thailand's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Suwit Khunkitti, on Friday signed a cooperative paper in Vientiane.

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PM underlines urgency of biodiversity protection PDF Print E-mail

(Vientiane Times) Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh has called for all sectors of society to join hands to protect and enrich the environment and biodiversity in Laos and contribute to a healthy world for humankind.

The premier made the call while delivering a message to mark International Environment Day (June 5).

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Biodiversity conservation vital to rural livelihoods PDF Print E-mail

(Vientiane Times) The Water Resources and Environment Administration (WREA) is urging public and private sectors and international organisations to unite in conservation efforts.

Such efforts will conserve the balance of nature and improve environmental management to better protect Laos's wide-ranging biodiversity.

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Elephant protection programme builds on success PDF Print E-mail

The future protection of wild elephants in the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area received a boost last week when the Lao government took over the Nakai Elephant Programme, supported by the Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC).

The company set up the Nakai Elephant Programme in 2004, with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Lao PDR and Singapore ratify ACB Establishment Agreement PDF Print E-mail
Lao PDR and Singapore have ratified the Establishment Agreement (EA) of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB).  This was announced by ACB Executive Director Rodrigo U. Fuentes.

Lao PDR and Singapore ratified the EA on 2 and 28 October 2008, respectively. The two ratifications followed the earlier ratifications made by Brunei Darussalam on 8 May 2008, Viet Nam on 31 October 2006, and the Philippines on 14 July 2006.

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ASEAN to strengthen wildlife protection and biodiversity conservation PDF Print E-mail
Two major institutions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will join forces to combat illegal trade of wildlife species and conserve biodiversity in Southeast Asia. The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) (http://www.aseanwen.com/) met for the first time in Bangkok on 28 October 2008 and discussed potential areas of partnership.

The meeting charted a course of action for collaborative efforts between ASEAN-WEN and ACB, including cooperation in the implementation of the Regional Action Plan on Trade on Endangered Flora and Fauna. ACB initiated the meeting upon the recommendation of the 18th meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity. ACB is proposing joint workshops on promoting best practices in wildlife enforcement and course programmes for wildlife enforcers and multilateral environmental agreements.

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Biodiversity management courses to be developed in Southeast Asia PDF Print E-mail

 While protected areas and community conserved areas abound in Southeast Asia, park managers and staff still need to enhance their technical expertise to effectively manage these key environmental areas. 

To fill this gap, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in cooperation with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), hosted a “Regional Workshop for the Development of Course Programmes and Trainings for Protected Area Staff” on 22-24 October 2008 at the UMS Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

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ACB and ASEAN Member States participate in COP 10 of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands PDF Print E-mail
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) recently joined representatives of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in the 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 10) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 28 October 28 to 4 November 2008 at the Changwon Exhibition Convention Centre in Changwon, Republic of Korea.

With the theme Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People, COP 10 considered over 30 agenda items including the Convention’s Strategic Plan 2009-2014, its budget for the triennium 2009-2011, and reports and recommendations submitted by the Parties and the Convention’s Standing Committees.

AMS that participated in COP 10 include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. 

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ACB participates in 11th IAMME PDF Print E-mail
he ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) participated in the 11th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 08 October 2008.

Represented by Ma. Consuelo Garcia, director for Biodiversity Information Management; Gregorius Wisnu Rosariastoko, director for Networking, Partnership and Resource Mobilization; and Wilfredo Obien, head of Finance and Administration, ACB updated the environment ministers on the progress of its work programme. 

The ministers noted the achievements made by ACB, expressed appreciation for the European Commission’s substantial support to the Centre, urged continued support by the EC, and encouraged organizations to collaborate with ACB.

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ACB to build biodiversity information network in ASEAN region PDF Print E-mail
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) recently conducted a series of meetings with key environment officers and database focal points from ASEAN Member States (AMS) to assess available data to be used for the Centre’s global database on protected areas and the clearing-house mechanism (CHM) initiative.

The Centre’s Biodiversity Information Management unit conducted meetings with Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Viet Nam. 

Gathering data from AMS, according to ACB Biodiversity Information Management Director Consuelo Garcia, is crucial to completing ACB’s regional database. “The more we know about the countries’ biodiversity resources, the better equipped we will be to help them protect and conserve these natural treasures,” she said.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008 00:00

IUCN launches Mekong dialogue project

The best way to manage the Mekong River 's resources is through increased dialogue and this can be achieved by a working group launched in Vientiane yesterday, according to an expert from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Mekong region water dialogue programme is a three-year project aimed at improving water governance in the Mekong region by strengthening links between decision makers from government, business and community sectors.

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