Manesh Lacoul, UNEP, introduced the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) showcase programme, aimed at achieving sustainable development in Asia Pacific by enabling local stakeholders to promote innovation in policy development, technology application, social mobilization and partnership building. Carly Timm, UNEP, delivered opening remarks on behalf of Hiroyuki Nagahama, Minister for Environment, Japan, highlighting the need to identify successful cases on the ground and noting that every project has effects beyond borders. Yoshikazu Ikeda, IGES, explained that APFED phase II was launched in 2005 and 58 projects in 20 countries have been selected as showcase projects, demonstrating innovative and practical solutions to problems facing the region.
Madhu Rao, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, US, discussed wildlife friendly agricultural products in Cambodia, highlighting the IBIS-Rice project. She discussed objectives aimed at: strengthening land use tenure; providing incentives; and developing political and institutional support. She explained that villagers develop conservation incentives in return for financial incentives.
Shyamala Mani, Centre for Environmental Education, India, highlighted SamVednaa: An Initiative towards Building Model Green Colleges in Gujarat State, India. She explained that the project is undertaken in three colleges, each with a specific theme on: waste management; waste-water treatment; and a biodiversity park.
Rabin Kadariya, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal, provided an overview of the Mentha Cultivation project aimed at mitigating human wildlife conflicts in the Bardia region, Nepal. He observed that replacing traditional crops with unpalatable aromatic crops, such as mentha, chamomile, lemon grass and citronella, was an approach to minimizing human wildlife conflicts as well as a motivation for conservation.
Rufus Mahuru, Partners with Melanesians, Papua New Guinea, discussed the Ona Keto Community Reforestation and Sustainable Livelihoods Alternatives Project in his country. He highlighted activities including: replanting trees in grasslands; community mobilization and awareness; site identification; construction of village nurseries; tribal areas monitoring; and community rules-making workshops.
Naoki Adachi, Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity, Japan, discussed how his association is exploring links between business and biodiversity noting that businesses depend on biodiversity and also impact biodiversity and highlighting efforts aimed at reducing impacts. Keiichi Yamazaki, Kedianren Committee for Nature Conservation, Japan, explained that the committee supports a wide range of projects relating to biodiversity through the provision of financial support to NGOs for nature projects. He noted that in 20 years US$ 40 million had been channeled towards NGO activities in this area.