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Hope 2017 has been off to a good start, our dear Reader.

With this first issue of the year, my warmest greetings to the familiar faces and a very warm welcome to SNRD Asia to the new ones!

For this issue, we would like to give thanks to the Green Education Working Group (WG) for their active contribution, along with other individuals who have sent in their share of stories. Highlights for this issue are a success story from Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production Project in India which has helped in breathing new life into the old dumpsite and turned it into a thriving eco-park, ProCEEd’s edutainment efforts in Laos, and lastly the introduction of the 2017 Working Group Allowance ---available to each WG and Task Force. As knowledge and innovation are at the heart of our modus operandi, we would like to encourage all of you to take part in this call for proposals! Those brewing with an innovative idea to multiply knowledge, or make your best practices known, here is the opportunity to get it off the ground!

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Have an enjoyable read and a successful year!

Lena Kern,
SNRD Asia Spokesperson

9th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 2017 Special Focus: Communicating and Collaborating for resilient solutions to climate change
21-22 April 2017
Cambridge, UK

Global Think Tank Summit 2017
2-3 May 2017
Yokohama, Japan

SNRD Conference “Towards Implementing the Agenda 2030: The Role of Food Security, Youth Employment and Climate Action in African Rural Development”
2-6 May 2017
Pretoria, South Africa

World Economic Forum on ASEAN
10-12 May 2017
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017
17-19 May 2017
Dresden, Germany

The Ocean Conference
5-9 June 2017
New York, USA

2nd Biocontrol Asia Conference
7-9 June 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

Rural Development Conference 2017
9-11 July 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

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

Green Education

From Trash to Treasure: Transforming a dump site into a thriving eco-park

An old junkyard and a dump site of wastes in Delhi has undergone a massive makeover into a beautiful park within a period of about six months. The once useless plot of the Patpargani Industrial Area, located in the East Delhi district in the National

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How the Use of Picture Series is Gaining Momentum in the Kailash Sacred Landscape

The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative’s (KSLCDI) efforts in encouraging the use of picture series as an adult education tool have been receiving positive reviews from community members and other involved stakeholders on the ground.

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Paint your ideas for greening the world!

In recent years, there has been a growing consensus that education should be oriented around the idea of ‘sustainable development’. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is particularly important in the Indian Subcontinent, where changing climate, extensive use of resources

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The Philippines’ Enchanted River is worth saving!

01 February 2017, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines– The Enchanted River (ER), a popular tourist destination in Surigao del Sur which receives as many as 800-1000 visitors a day was closed temporarily to the public to give way for major rehabilitation works starting January until March 28.

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How edutainment is helping to foster environmental awareness in Laos through edutainment

If you are in a remote village in Laos, and see a group of adults playing a puzzle, laughing and competing to see which group is the fastest to set it up or, if you encounter several district level Government authorities playing enthusiastically a memory game, and when you

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Provincial Environmental Radio Programs

ProCEED cooperated with five national radio station in Laos in 2016 to produce the voxpop 15 mns environmental features. Five national radio station are Lao national radio; Thakek and Bualapha Districts in Khammouan Province; and Xamnuea and Huamueang Districts in Huaphanh province. The 15 mns features are cover five topics such as wildlife conservation, biodiversity conservation

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Up to 15,000 € up for grabs under the new 2017 Working Group Allowance!

If you are member of the Sector Networks SNRD Asia or TUEWAS, and cooking up an innovative idea to help your Working Group (WG) or Task Force (TF) multiply knowledge, or disseminate practices and experiences, here is the opportunity to get your idea off the ground!

WG/TFs of the two SNs are invited to participate in this challenge by submitting concepts that promote technical and professional exchange across the themes of natural resources, rural development, transport, environment, energy and water in Asia.

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Bay of Bengal: depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping point

The Bay of Bengal’s basin contains some of the most populous regions of the earth. No less than a quarter of the world’s population is concentrated in the eight countries that border the bay1. Approximately 200 million people live along the Bay of

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Food losses: For sustainable resource use from field to fork

The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that around 30 per cent of all food is lost or wasted after harvesting. This translates into inefficient use of limited natural resources such as water, land and biodiversity.

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Lao PDR – Progress on Standards in the Southeast Asian Food Trade (SAFT)’s integrated Public Private Partnership (iPPP)

Since DPS Group Co., Ltd. started its first farm business known as “Phutawen Farm Project” five years ago, the company now combines agriculture, business, and tourism in Ban Hai Village, Pak-ngum District, Vientiane Capital. This project will serve as a model to promote sustainable food production and

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UN Forum sets landmark target to increase world’s forests by 120 million hectares by 2030

New York, 23 January – Countries reached agreement last Friday on a plan that would significantly improve the outlook for the world’s forests, including a target that would expand the world’s forests by 120 million hectares—an area about the size of South Africa—by 2030.

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The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is inviting applications for support of commodity development activities in its member countries

The Common Fund for Commodities provides financing to organisations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries. Through a range of financial instruments, the CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals

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Encouraging Gender in a Masculine World

Indonesia is home to the third largest area of tropical rainforest in the world. It is a global biodiversity hotspot and has the world’s largest area of peat swamp forest. Continuing deforestration and forest degradation have caused rapid loss of biodiversity, particularly in Sumatra and Kalimantan where remaining forest ecosystems and their biodiversity are under threat. This is having an increasing impact on areas of peat swamp

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

Cristina Georgii, German- Brazilian, holds MA on Environment and Education and Veterinarian with experience on wildlife medicine and environmental education. She has been working for ProCEEd since May 2015 as senior adviser for environmental education. Before coming to Laos, she worked as CIM expert coordinating the environmental education program of the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos Islands- Ecuador and as development adviser in the Philippines, advising on the management of rescue centers and captive breeding programs for endemic endangered wildlife species as well as on environmental education programs.

Cristina Georgii,
Joint Speaker for Working Group GE (from SNRD Asia)


Shailendra has 17 years of work experience in the development sector in the fields of rural development, urban and industrial environment and decentralisation. He has been working with GIZ for the last eight years as Senior Advisor on Capacity Development and Impact Monitoring. Currently, he is heading the Quality Assurance Cell of the Urban-Industrial Development Cluster in India. He possesses doctorate degree in Sociology and Post-Graduation in Rural Development.

Dr. Shailendra Dwivedi,
Joint Speaker for Working Group GE (from TUEWAS)


“Hello, I am Patricia! Most probably we already know each other from my work for the SNRD Asia Secretariat during the last year in Manila and Bangkok. Happy to be back again in this great network and I am looking forward to engage with you on a more technical side this time! Since December 2016 I joined the Biodiversity team here in Delhi, India. I hold an interdisciplinary Master in Social Ecology or what is rather known as Sustainability Studies. My research focus on Small Island Marine Governance and Traditional Ecological Knowledge on Bamboo forests brought me to rural tropical areas in Indonesia where people’s understanding of nature challenged and developed my perspective of sustainable rural development and natural resource management. What can I say, I lost my heart in Asia"

Patricia Dorn,
Junior Advisor, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme



A Scheme and Training Manual on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Fruits and Vegetables

Climate Change Implications for Agriculture

Food losses

The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2015–16


Committed to Biodiversity

Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity, Development and Sustainable Use of its Potentials in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Policy Paper - How ABS and Nagoya Protocol contribute to SDGs

Climate Change

Climate Change Time to Act

International climate finance Germany's contribution

Forestry and REDD+

A comparison of carbon market standards for REDD+ projects

Equity in forests and REDD+

REDD+ Protecting forests and climate for sustainable development

The Little REDD+ Book


China's One Belt One Road Has the European Missed the Train

Developing an Environmental Monitoring System to Strengthen Fisheries and Aquaculture Resilience and Improve Early Warning in the Lower Mekong Basin

Disaster Risk Management

Land Deal Dilemmas Grievances, Human Rights, and Investor Protections

Sectoral Outlook and Roadmap for Implementation

SMEs in Developing Asia

Together for a common cause

The economic lives of smallholder farmers

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