Announcement / Statement

IUCN Director-General Calls for "Nature-Based Solutions" at Rio+20 [viewed]

13 March 2012: In a statement delivered at the World Water Forum, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Director-General, highlighted key messages that the Forum should send to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including that water has an unchallengeable place in "the future we want."

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PEW Lauds Guam on Shark Protection Law Anniversary [viewed]

12 March 2012: Pew Environment Group (PEW) has lauded the efforts of Guam on the one year anniversary of its Public Law 31-10, which protects sharks by prohibiting the possession, sale and trade of shark fins, rays and ray parts.

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CITES Secretary-General Discusses IFSD at UNEP GCSS-12/GMEF [viewed]

March 2012: In a statement delivered during the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF), John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), offered suggestions related to the issue of the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD).

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Ramsar Sites Reach Milestone [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the number of designated Ramsar sites has reached 2,000. Presently, these 2,000 sites, covering almost 200 million hectares, constitute the largest network of protected areas in the world.

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Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress Closes for Signature [viewed]

CBD8 March 2012: The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety closed for signature after having been signed by 50 States and the EU.

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CGIAR Consortium Attains International Organization Status [viewed]

2 March 2012: In a move that further strengthens its ability to fight hunger globally, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium was officially granted status as an International Organization on 2 March 2012.

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Viet Nam Designates Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Viet Nam has designated its fourth Wetland of International Importance as of World Wetlands Day 2012, bringing the total number of Ramsar Sites globally to 2,000.

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US Designates 31st Ramsar Site [viewed]

9 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the US has designated as its 31st Ramsar Site, the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs on the shores of Lake Superior in the state of Wisconsin.

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IUCN Urges Measures to Reverse the Loss of Seabirds [viewed]

9 March 2012: A new assessment by BirdLife International, a partner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, finds that the status of the world's seabirds is declining.

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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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