World of Science by region: South Asia, Southeast Asia and South Pacific

  • Rebirth of a Hunter (2013, EN), on how a hunter in Vietnam’s Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve hung up his rifle to become a forest ranger after realizing that his prey, the langur (a primate), was on the brink of extinction
  • The Benefits of Biotech for South Asia (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the potential of biotechnology for health, agriculture and energy generation in the region
  • Coping with Extremes in Pakistan (2011, EN, ES, FR RU), on whether the extreme flooding in Pakistan in 2010 was a result of climate change, natural variation or poor water management and UNESCO’s response
  • Rising to the Challenge of Rising Waters (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a project to help Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, cope with recurrent flooding owing to its location in a floodplain
  • Saved by their Ancestors (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on how local knowledge saved thousands of lives during the tragic Japanese tsunami which struck in March 2011
  • The Rise of Innovation in India (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the impact of policies in India to foster innovation, taken from the UNESCO Science Report 2010
  • Saving the Guggul Plant (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), an interview on one man’s struggle to save a medicinal plant from extinction in India
  • Indonesia’s Moratorium on Logging (2010, EN, ES, RU, FR), interview on Indonesia’s latest efforts to protect its forests
  • The Adventures of Patrimonito (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), an adventure of the hero invented by the World Heritage Centre to alert children to environmental issues affecting World Heritage; this time, our hero comes to the aid of the animals living on an island south of New Zealand that has been invaded by pigs
  • A Geotropical Paradise (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR), on the Langkawi Geopark, a member of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network
  • The Heat is On for Australia’s Forests (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the impact on Australian biodiversity of projected climate change
  • The Day Mount Manaro Stirred (2007, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on blending volcanology with traditional knowledge to prepare for volcanic eruptions like that of Manaro in Vanuatu in 2005
  • Arsenic Filter Stalks Silent Killer in Bangladesh (2006, EN, ES, FR), on the invention of a filter to protect the Bangladeshi population from groundwater contaminated by naturally high levels of arsenic
  • Making Schools Safer in a Disaster (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on a UNESCO campaign to introduce risk reduction into school curricula and foster the application of building norms for schools
  • Controlling Malaria, the Vampire of the Technological Age (2005, EN, FR), on a biological weapon developed by a scientist to eradicate malaria from southern Iran
  • Why Recovery is Taking so Long (2005, EN, FR), interview on progress in the devastated Indonesian province of Aceh nine months after the earthquake and tsunami struck
  • The Knowledge that Saved the Sea Gypsies (2005, EN, FR), on how the Moken people survived the devastating tsunami of December 2004 in the Indian Ocean
  • Killer Wave (2005, EN, FR), on UNESCO’s response to the tsunami and earthquake which devastated the Indian Ocean in December 2004
  • Small Islands Step into the Limelight (2004, EN, FR), on the socio-economic and environmental challenges facing small islands in the run-up to the adoption of the Mauritius Strategy in 2005
  • Afghanistan on the (Rocky) Road to Recovery (2003, EN, FR), on UNESCO’s work to encourage cooperation among Afghanistan and its downstream neighbours, which share the Kabul, Helmand and Amu Darya Rivers (Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), at a time when Afghanistan was planning the construction of additional dams
  • Poverty and Reefs (2003, EN, FR), presents the findings of a study of South Asia by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the UK Department for International Cooperation and a UK-based research group
  • Protecting Himalayan Biodiversity (2002, EN, FR), on a study planned for Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India on the virtues of large-scale cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants

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