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UNESCO MAB Calls for Comments on Updated Review of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released draft forms for nomination and periodic review of biosphere reserves, as updated by the electronic working group. Comments and suggestions on the draft forms are invited until 30 October 2012.

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Event: International Year of Water Cooperation [viewed]

The UN International Year of Water Cooperation will be observed in 2013. The campaign will work to advance comprehension of the challenges and benefits of water cooperation, and promote it worldwide. UN-Water has called upon the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to lead the International Year. The 2013 World Water Day, marked on 22 March, also will be dedicated to water cooperation.  

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UNESCO Identifies Potential World Heritage Marine Sites in Western Indian Ocean [viewed]

UNESCOJuly 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report assessing potential World Heritage marine sites in the Western Indian Ocean from an ecosystem perspective. The report was developed in anticipation of increased global interest in designating new marine World Heritage sites, and with the aim of piloting a more scientific and robust approach to identifying marine sites of potential Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).

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UNESCO Council Adds 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO11 July 2012: At its 24th session, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added 20 new sites, including two transboundary sites, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries.

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Event: 24th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme [viewed]

This session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will carry out an evaluation of the Madrid Action Plan (MAP) and review proposals for new biosphere reserves as well as for extensions/modifications to existing ones.  

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Canary Islands Biosphere Reserves Increase Energy and Water Efficiency [viewed]

UNESCO9 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Educational Organization (UNESCO) has reported on projects carried out in the Canary Islands that aim to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce water stress. The activities are taking place in sites that are part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (UNESCO-MAB). 

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UNESCO Launches Appeal for Okapi Wildlife Reserve [viewed]

UNESCO4 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the NGO Fauna and Flora International launched an emergency appeal to support the staff and rebuild the headquarters of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Epulu, in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), after a raid by ivory poachers. The Reserve, which is a World Heritage Site, hosts the DRC's largest remaining population of forest elephants, as well as okapi and threatened species of primates and birds.

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UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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UNESCO-IOC Releases Proposals for Sustainable Ocean Management [viewed]

UNESCO20 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC) has released a report titled "Healthy Ocean, Healthy People" outlining initiatives, programmes and proposals to support sustainable ocean management.

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