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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pushing for the establishment of a state coordinating agency for bamboo development to capture a huge chunk of the $20-billion global bamboo market.

Read more: DENR pushes creation of bamboo agency


YANGON -- Myanmar and Norway have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in development of fishery sector, Myanmar News Agency reported Friday.

The MoU was signed in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday during the current visit of Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende to Myanmar.

Under the Fish for Development Program, it will allow increased implementation of managing information related to fishery sector, ocean research, sea water fish species breeding.

The cooperation period is for five years from 2017 to 2022, the report said.

The MoU signing came after experts of Myanmar and Norway jointly conducted fishery survey in Myanmar waters and exclusive economic zone in April 2015, which was aimed at creating a long-term vision for the establishment of a national fishery research and management system.

During his visit, Brende also met with Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two exchanged views on promoting bilateral relations and peace process.

Source: Xinhua Net | 7 July 2017


Over 7 million tons of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste -- and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Researchers are looking at environmentally and economically sustainable options for these biomaterials.

Artificial oyster reef in the Netherlands is pictured. Credit: Dr James Morris

Over 7 million tonnes of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste -- and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Dr James Morris and a team of CACHE researchers from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences are looking at environmentally and economically sustainable options for these biomaterials.

Read more: Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials


Center for Food Safety says government should be better protecting farmers, the public and environment

Two federal agencies charged with oversight of genetically engineered crops and animals are being urged by environmental, food safety and other entities to substantially strengthen their proposed rules to protect farmers and the public.

The statement from the Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth U.S. in Washington D.C. came on June 19 as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded public comment periods on proposed changes to oversight of GE crops and animals.

USDA is in the process of revising its three decade-old rules governing GE plants and other GE organisms. The two environmental entities contend that while USDA has more authority to strengthen oversight, its proposed new rules would weaken it.

USDA spokesman Rick Coker said the agency would carefully consider all comments received on the issue through June 19, along with those submitted at public meetings held in Davis, CA, Kansas City MO, and Riverdale, MD. As they decide how or whether to finalize the proposed revised regulations.

Read more: USDA urged to strengthen GMO regulations


mahasiswa-ipb-ciptakan-alat-untuk-peringatan-dini-bencana-alam-fenomena-kelautan-sebagai-pendukung-pengambilan-kebijakan-terkait-kelautan-newsThe sea is the estuary of all the earth's rivers,  that’s why oceans are the largest water bodies on the planet Earth. Over the last few decades, surplus human activities have severely affected the marine life on the Earth’s oceans. In the past, communities around the world used the ocean for waste disposal, including the disposal of chemical and industrial wastes, radioactive wastes, trash, munitions, sewage sludge, and contaminated dredged material. Wastes were frequently dumped in coastal and ocean waters based on the assumption that marine waters had an unlimited capacity to mix and disperse wastes. Ocean pollution, also known as marine pollution, is the spreading of harmful substances such as oil, plastic, industrial and agricultural waste and chemical particles into the ocean. Increased sedimentation and the flow of nutrients and pesticides into the ecosystem affect inshore areas, causing higher algal growth, build-up of pollutants in sediments and marine species, and reduced light and smothered corals. Declines in coastal water quality have resulted in detrimental impacts on the productivity and function of tropical marine ecosystems, and ultimately on their resilience. Cumulative effect and the timing of exposure to pollutants can magnify the impacts of catchment run-off.  In order to safeguard the future of our tropical marine ecosystems, steps must be taken to prevent it from happening as a marine investment for the future.   

With reference to such situation, real-time water conditions data in Indonesia are really required. Accordingly, a group of students of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Bogor Agricultural University (FPIK IPB), proposed funding support from Kelompok Program Kreativitas Mahasiswa bidang Karsa Cipta (PKM-KC Student Creativity Program for Karsa Cipta),  to implement their research program to design a real-time observation tool. The tool is called Economic Real Time Conductivity and Temperature Sensor (“ER-Contem”) initiated by Agung Tri Nugroho with his team namely Slamet Riyanto, Imam Syafi'i, and M. Sanubari. “ER-Contem” will retrieve data related to the temperature and salinity of the waters where the monitoring tool is located. The tool is very unique, as the observation data can be accessed and utilized directly through the webite by users.

Read more: A Group of Students of IPB Created “ER-Contem” as a Tool for Early Warning system for Natural...


The Rizal Wind Farm in Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal, Philippines, consisting of 27 wind turbines, can power almost 66,000 households with its annual generation of 150 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity. (Photos taken by Zara Mae Estareja)

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Read more: The Rizal Wind Farm


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  • Composition and saturation of sounds in a forest can reveal its health

  • Pristine sites show greater sound saturation than those with less cover

  • Soundscape data can serve as baseline to compare against future changes

Read more: Listen to forest beats to assess environmental health


Seminar at FAO seeks to rekindle international cooperation, wider use of existing tools and approaches.

Parched earth in Kenya, one of the East African countries currently feeling the impacts of drought.Rome - Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

"Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an international seminar on drought organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters.

Recalling the 2011 drought in Somalia that saw over 250,000 people perish from hunger, Graziano da Silva said: "People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the drought - because their livelihoods are not resilient enough."

 "For years, the focus has been responding to droughts when they happen, rushing to provide emergency assistance and to keep people alive," Graziano da Silva said, noting that while "of course, that is important," investing in preparedness and resilience is essential. Doing so puts countries on a footing to act quickly before it is too late, means that farmers and rural communities are better positioned to cope with extreme weather when it does hit.

John Mutorwa, Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry of Namibia, said that in these times of climate change, drought has emerged as a challenge that all countries will be forced to face, again and again.

"It is not a question of whether drought will come, it is a question of: Drought will come, and therefore, we have to be prepared," the Minister said, underscoring the importance of the seminar's theme, "Predict, Plan, Prepare: Stop Drought becoming Famine."

Read more: World needs to pre-empt devastating drought impacts through better preparedness


Global Soil Partnership annual meeting focuses on “black soils” and data-sharing initiatives.

Farmers unload soil in Sri Lanka.

Rome - Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week.

Read more: Soil pollution comes under scrutiny


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  • A rise in temperature weakens the immune system of poultry

  • It also favours the development of parasites which slow down their reproduction


  • One solution a researcher proposed is bioinformatics

Read more: Climate stress cuts poultry production


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