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Dear Reader,

Last week, members of the SNRD Asia Steering Group met in Bangkok for our annual face-to-face meeting. We also enjoyed one joint day with our colleagues from TUEWAS to explore further possibilities to collaborate – which we think has proven to give new impulses to both our sector networks, including a joint working group and task force, and above all,
a joint secretariat manned by our two full-time national staff successfully supporting us in our day-to-day management! Speaking of collaboration – the meeting set the ball rolling for the preparation of our joint conference
in 2018. For a sneak peek at conference theme, have a look at our Special Features section. Stay tuned for what is to come!

As per every issue, get updated on what our WGs have been up to these past months. One of the highlights? The ongoing online survey by the Biodiversity folks on Communicating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Another indication that we are growing as a community: Scroll down to meet new faces in the In Photo section.

And finally, help yourself to the wide-ranging publications which should prove informative and inspiring to your work!

As always, thanks a lot for reading and sharing our news in your circles!

Best regards,

Lena Kern
SNRD Asia Spokesperson

Hamburg, Germany

Rural Development Conference
9-11 July 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition
9-11 July 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

SNRD REDD+ WG Expert Exchange on REDD+
17-19 October 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12)
23-28 October 2017
Manila, the Philippines

In this section, you will find some focus articles contributed by our WGs. For this issue, read on to see contribution from the WG Biodiversity.


Survey Now Open on Communicating Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services!

With the aims to support and inspire fellow projects in their communication efforts, the SNRD Asia Biodiversity Working Group is now collecting successful tools, products and experiences as far as communication is concerned.

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Bike race for biodiversity in Panay Island, Philippines

The Forest and Climate Protection project Panay II (ForClim), jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), supported the

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Traditional Knowledge: A Safekeeper of Biodiversity

Thehe is a village in the eastern part of Humla district in Nepal. Its solitude makes the village highly depended on its surrounding nature which is not only a source for fuelwood and fodder, but provides the community also with medicine. For generations different plant species and body parts or eggs

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Successful Completion of the Fourth ValuES Regional Asia-Africa-Europe Meeting in Goa, India

"Monetary valuation of ecosystem services is placing us on a quandary” stated a guest expert from an international non-governmental organization present at the Fourth ValuES Regional Asia-Africa-Europe Meeting, held from

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New methodology for protected area governance assessments applied in Bangladesh and the Philippines

Two protected areas supported by GIZ pilot new governance assessment methodology in Bangladesh and the Philippines. The participatory assessment evaluated governance mechanisms and

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A Long Term Ecological Monitoring (LTEM) System for Himachal Pradesh –
A brainstorming

While the world debates and searches sustainable ways of managing our world resources, the awareness about the importance of our natural environment for our wellbeing is rising. However, despite the international

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SNRD Asia and TUEWAS Annual Face-to-Face Steering Group Meeting concluded and set in motion preparation for 2018 Joint Conference

Taking stock of lessons-learned and strategically getting things moving are key takeaways of the recently concluded SNRD Asia and TUEWAS Annual Face-to-Face Steering Group Meeting.

Convened on 19-21 June in Bangkok, steering group members of both, SNRD Asia and TUEWAS, discussed main issues concerning the two Sector Networks (SNs). In pursuing the topic of the day-to-day management and current status of SNRD Asia and TUEWAS,

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PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet

What if we could identify the best local and regional solutions, and promote them for learning at a global level?

PANORAMA – Solutions for a healthy planet is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration.

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Get updated on latest development and happenings from our SNRD Asia community below.

All thing TUEWAS is now under your fingertips with the launch of the new website!

When it comes down to providing seamless support for members of the network stationed across the region, the Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia (TUEWAS) Secretariat is constantly on the look-out for room for improvement

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Commemorating 25 years of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and GIZ Technical Cooperation, India

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GmbH have had a long-standing and successful technical cooperation for

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Viet Nam Approves National Plan for Capacity Development in Protected Area Management

Viet Nam is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with endemic plant and animal species enriching the country’s numerous ecosystems and natural habitats. Although rapid economic growth has led to tangible social advances, the exploitation of natural resources

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Thai Government Promotes Low-Emission Rice Farming

Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, plan shift from conventional to low-emission rice farming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26 per cent over

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“Their Future is Our Future – Sustainable Development for Wildlife & People”: Upcoming CMS COP12 Slogan

The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) is being held in Manila, the Philippines, from 23 to 28 October 2017 – the first time that the COP will

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Basics on forest protection

How can local communities be motivated to participate in forest management and conservation efforts in village forests? The CliPAD (Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation) project provides incentives aiming to stabilize the landscape as well as reducing deforestation and forest degradation in two districts in Houaphan province. To date, 25 ‘Village Forest Management

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This section introduces new faces in the network, and/or new developments we do not want you to miss out!

“Hi, I am Aurélien from the Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) project in the Philippines. I am working here on land use planning and environmental conservation issues.

As a geographer in integrated coastal management and with experience in the implementation of protected areas in France, West Africa and Vanuatu, I have decided to join the Biodiversity WG.

Through the network, I look forward to learning from others’ lessons-learned and to contribute as much as I can, especially on protected area governance and ecosystemic services issues.”

Aurélien Garreau,

As a trained forester and former employee of a provincial forest service developing into a forest enterprise in Germany, I am now responsible for strategic area “development of forest management units” within the GIZ-Forest and Climate Change Program (FORCLIME) in Indonesia.

This includes support to capacity development of Indonesian Forest Service (dinas kehutanan) on different levels of administration in three pilot regions of North, East and West Kalimantan. Activities aim at improvement of structures as well as procedures to enhance sustainable forest management by means of a multifunctional forestry approach. Starting at pilot areas dissemination of positive experiences and lessons learned to other forest management units throughout the country is also intended.

Finding a strong and well-practised project team and a trustful partnership with Indonesian colleagues, I am happy to get a chance to contribute to positive developments.

Lutz Hofheinz ,


Developing Sustainable Food
Value Chains

OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agriculture Supply Chains

Rice Cropping Systems and Resource Efficiency

The Impact of Disaster on Agriculture and Food Security

Value chain dynamics and the
small-scale sector


Biodviersity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Strengthening National Biodiversity

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Climate Change

Climate Change Performance Index Results 2017

International Climate Finance Germany's Contribution

Supporting a Climate for Change

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Large Marine Ecosystems Status and Trends

Perspectives on Culture based Fisheries Developments in Asia

Sustainable intensification of Aquaculture in the Asia Pacific Region

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

Forestry and REDD+

Building Up Land Concession Inventories

Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015

Landsat Land Cover Classification of Leyte Island Eastern Visayas Philippines

The Impact of Nepal's 2015 Gorkha Earthquake-Induced Geohazards

Transforming Mountain Foresty in the Hindu Kush Himalayas


Policy Innovations for Transformative change

Meeting the Sustainability Goals

Navigating the SDGs_A Business Guide

UN and SDGs_A Handbook For Youth


Tailor made training courses on

Innovations and Emerging Trends in Agricultural Insurance

Towards a Performance Framework for a Sustainable Financial System

Vanuatu National Environment Policy and Implementation Plan 2016-2030

GIZ offers a wide range of subject-specific and cross-sectoral learning experience through year-round trainings. See upcoming courses/selections which might be of your interest below.

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    24-25 July 2017
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    24-27 July 2017
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Framework for Resource Efficiency in Industry
    25-27 September 2017
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change
    6-8 September 2017
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    23-25 October 2017
    Bangkok, Thailand

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