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Myanmar, 06 Sep 2006 -- Comments by Laurence Gleeson, regional manager of FAO's Emergency Centre for the Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Bangkok on the bird flu free declaration by Myanmar today: "FAO has noted that Myanmar has declared it is free of the H5N1 avian influenza. This is based on the absence of evidence of outbreaks of the disease since late April 2006. FAO will continue to manage international donor support to [more...]

04 Sep 2006 -- Bangkok – A gathering of world experts confirmed that forests and trees can act as bioshields for protection of people and other assets against tsunamis and other coastal hazards, resolving an ongoing debate in scientific circles about the role of coastal forests against natural disasters, FAO said today.Convened by FAO in Khao Lak, Thailand from 28 to 31 August, the workshop called for urgent action to be taken to protect [more...]

Indonesia, 29 Aug 2006 -- The Indonesian government’s recent decision to refocus its strategy in the fight against avian flu, by putting the emphasis on public awareness, disease surveillance and animal control measures, is an opportunity to reverse the situation in the country, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The announcement of the shift in tactics came during an international donor conference held in the Indonesian capital from 23-24 August.“This is the way ahead. If [more...]

Malaysia, 23 Aug 2006 -- Kuala Lumpur – Part of a package of major reforms for the fishery sector, fourteen Asian countries agree to cut trawling and push net fishing as a first step for reversing the production of low value trash fish and ‘fishing down the food chain’, an FAO statement said today.Over the years, catches of larger more vulnerable fish species (grouper, snapper, …) have declined while the proportion of smaller fish – [more...]

17 Aug 2006 -- FAO calls for improved and sustained AI control efforts in AsiaBangkok – Laboratory confirmation points to both old and new isolates of the bird flu virus as sources of recent HPAI outbreaks in Southeast Asia, FAO said today. Vigorous implementation of recommended control measures is needed to prevent a further spread of the disease and sustain past successes in the region, the Organization warned.Concerned about the recurrence of bird flu [more...]

17 Aug 2006 -- In preparation for the 3rd Steering Meeting and Workshop of the International Network on Water and Ecosystems in Paddy Fields (INWEPF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 to 19 September 2006, the Japan INWEPF Committee is convening a virtual meeting on “Efficient and sustainable water use to address poverty alleviation and food security” from 21 August to 01 September 2006.The meeting will be divided into several meeting rooms according to sub-themes: [more...]

Jackie Chan in Bird Flu Public Service Announcement
16 Aug 2006 -- BANGKOK – World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan stars in a new television public service announcement to alert children and their families around the world to the dangers of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu.The PSA was produced by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from the Government of Japan.The one-minute spot shows Chan, [more...]

Malaysia, 15 Aug 2006 -- Media advisoryHosted by the Department of Fisheries of Malaysia, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia, the 29th Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) will held in Kuala Lumpur from 21 to 23 August 2006.The high level meeting aims to reshape fisheries policy in the region and underpin decision making for reforming fishery and aquaculture. During this 3 day meeting they will discuss and endorse recommendations made during the [more...]

Thailand, 10 Aug 2006 -- The “Coastal protection in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami: what role for forests and trees?” workshop will be held in Khao Lak, Thailand from 28 through 31 August 2006.The workshop will bring together the best available knowledge and experience to give a clear picture of the roles that forests and trees play in protection against tsunamis, cyclones, erosion, wind and salt spray.The workshop will place this information in [more...]

Thailand, 09 Aug 2006 -- Patira Katekong, lives alone at Tambon Lamkaen, Thai Muang district. She used to possess one small fishing boat, but because it was severely damaged by the tsunami, the Department of Fisheries gave her compensation of 4,600 baht.She also owns 7 hectares of rubber plantation, and 2.4 hectares of fruit orchard where she grows rambutan, mangoesteen and durian. These too were damaged by the tsunami as a result of sea water [more...]