Announcement / Statement

Canada Extends Ramsar Site in the Metro Vancouver Region [viewed]

22 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Canada has vastly extended the Alaksen Ramsar Site, first designated in 1982, from 586 hectares to 20,682.

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UNESCO Reports on the Addition of Four Sites to the Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

UNESCO21 September 2012: During the 11th European Geoparks Conference, the Global Geoparks Network Bureau added four new sites in China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain. The Global Geoparks Network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity or beauty that are also used to promote sustainable development for local communities.

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Tunisia Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

21 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia has designated two wetlands of International Importance, Barrage Mlaabi and Complexe des zones humides des Chott el Guetayate et Sebkhet Dhreia et Oueds Akarit, Rekhama et Meleh.

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EEA Report Outlines Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators Approach [viewed]

EEA19 September 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report discussing the Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI) process to develop indicators to measure European biodiversity targets.

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EFSA to Consider Relevance of Study's Findings about Glyphosate, or Roundup, Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA19 September: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a press release stating that it will consider the results of a recent study that investigates the potential toxicity of glyphosate used as a herbicide and of a glyphosate-tolerant variety of genetically modified (GM) maize.

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UN Announces Forest Heroes Award Winners [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201117 September 2012: The UN's social media team has compiled videos featuring the work of each winner of the first Forest Heroes Award, issued by the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). Awards were issued to one winner in each region, in addition to a special award for Jose Claudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo of Brazil, who were murdered after working to halt illegal logging in the Amazon.

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World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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JRC Launches European Alien Species Information Network [viewed]

14 September 2012: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced the creation of an information network to help eliminate the threat of alien species to biodiversity and natural resources in Europe. The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to map and classify alien species in Europe, to reduce the economic impact of alien species, which is estimated at €12 billion yearly.

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ASEAN and India Ministers Issue Statement Ahead of CBD COP 11 [viewed]

13 September 2012: Environment ministers from Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India held a meeting on 7 September 2012, in New Delhi, India, and adopted the "New Delhi ASEAN-India Ministerial Statement on Biodiversity." The statement has been circulated as an information document in preparation for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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New CIFOR Director General Takes Office [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has announced that Peter Holmgren, former Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has taken office as its new Director General.

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