Reduce emissions. Consume less. Shift to renewables. Conserve forests. Save energy. Share technology. Take global action. These are the solutions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono prescribed for Indonesia to pursue sustainable growth with equity.
The solutions were simple but were hard to achieve, thus the importance of political will to overcome the resistance to environmentally-sound policies, the President said in a major policy address at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor on June 13.
Lake Poyang, the largest freshwater lake in China, is known for its ecological diversity. It is the largest wintering area for migrating water birds in East Asia and home to the endangered freshwater porpoise. Connected to the Yangtse River, the lake serves as a natural overflow reservoir and provides an abundance of natural resources which millions of Chinese depend on for daily life.
Yet toxic waste from neighboring textile plants has threatened this important water source – which already suffers from severely reduced water levels – raising public health concerns and widespread alarm over the long-term development impact.
As a very poor country, Cambodia is forced into a trade off between economic development and the conservation of its natural resources.
At least that's the conventional wisdom that sees short term profit take precedence over long term environmental sustainability.
But Dr Tim Killeen argues it doesn't need to be that way.
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IUCN Pakistan is in the process of negotiating with Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Limited (PIBT) an initiative focused on mangrove restoration and planting in Korangi Phitti Creek System near Port Qasim, Karachi.
IUCN began its efforts to restore degraded mangroves forests in Pakistan in the early nineties and these efforts are still ongoing. For several years restoration was carried out in Sindh and Balochistan and over 30,000 hectares have been restored and restocked. Under this afforestation programme many exotic and indigenous species have been re-planted on an experimental basis throughout the coast.
Spread a blue message around the world! Be part of the massive celebration of the Coral Triangle - the world's centre of marine life - as individuals, organizations, and establishments come together on this special day, carrying one message: to protect the oceans that connects us all.
Visit the website: http://www.thecoraltriangle.com/day/
While almost 85 percent of people from developing countries are struggling to cope with natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruption, typhoons, floods and droughts, funding for risk reduction, including preparedness, is insufficient with only $3.7 billion (1 percent) out of $363-billion total aid spent on disaster reduction in the poorest countries, according to United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster-Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports on how the Philippines hopes to reduce pollution, one ecofriendly motorbike at a time.
How will climate change impact on the ability of Asia to produce food? The Centre for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security has found that rising temperatures and severe weather like floods could halve agricultural productivity in Asia over the next 30 years.
In Lao People's Democratic Republic, an ADB-supported project is bringing clean water to households and creating opportunities for women.
Mangroves grow along the ocean coasts of 118 countries – with a quarter of the world's 40m hectares being in south-east Asia – but with widespread deforestation due to population pressure, expansion of shrimp farms and development, scientists fear mangroves may disappear altogether in as little as 100 years. At their best, mangroves form a vast coastal barrier of trunks and roots against the sea, controlling erosion, protecting communities from storms, and providing an environment for greater fish diversity.