Announcement / Statement

Estonia Designates 17th Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated its 17th Wetland of International Importance. Haapsalu-Noarootsi, a wetland complex situated along the Baltic Sea, is located on the northwestern coast of the country.

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European Commissioner Outlines Commission's Key Targets for Oceans at Rio+20 [viewed]

6 March 2012: European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki has outlined the European Commission's objectives on Oceans and Coasts for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). She called in particular for “green investments for a blue world.”

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New UN Deputy Secretary-General Selected [viewed]

2 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Jan Eliasson (Sweden), a veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, has been appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General, and will take over from Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania) effective 1 July 2012.

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UNESCO Invites Comments on Updated MAB Forms [viewed]

UNESCO2 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for comments on the draft nomination and periodic review forms for biosphere reserves, which have been updated by the electronic working group chaired by Professor Robert Barbault, Chairperson of the French Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme national committee.

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UNDOALOS Calls for Experts to Participate in the Regular Process [viewed]

1 March 2012: The UN Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) has issued a call for experts to participate in the UN Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects (the Regular Process).

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Africa Environment Day, Wangari Maathai Day, Calls for Rio+20 to Address Environmental Challenges [viewed]

3 March 2012: Africa Environment Day, now celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day in honour of the contributions of the late Nobel Laureate, on 3 March, aims to raise awareness of the objectives of sustainable environmental management among decision-makers at all levels. This year's celebration was held under the theme "Lake Chad: Our common heritage, our common future."

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Nominations Open for 2012 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity [viewed]

1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that nominations for the 2012 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity are now open. Organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and CBD Secretariat with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity is a biennial international prize that honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.

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France Designates Two Ramsar Sites in the Aquitaine Region [viewed]

France Designates Two Ramsar Sites in the Aquitaine Region1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of France has designated two new Ramsar Sites: the Marais d'Orx in the Basque county; and the Leyre river delta sector of the Bassin d'Arcachon tidal bay.

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UNCCD Calls for Applications for Advisory Group on Impact Indicators [viewed]

UNCCD1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a call inviting applications from experts to act as members of the ad hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts  for Impact Indicator Refinement.

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CITES Secretary-General Expresses Concern over Elephant Poaching in Cameroon [viewed]

CITES28 February 2012: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has expressed concern over reports of the poaching of close to 450 elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon.

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