National Action

UNDP Showcases "Triple Wins" from Central Asia and Eastern Europe [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched “Empowering Lives, Building Resilience,” a publication on transformative development achievements in Central Asian and Eastern European countries. Each story included in the report demonstrates achievements over a five- to 10-year period that are substantiated by data and personal evidence.

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Czech Republic Designates Two Nature Reserves as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

3 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 the Czech Republic has designated two new wetlands, bringing the total number of Ramsar sites for this country to 14.

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ASEAN-Korea Forestry Meeting Adopts Seoul Declaration [viewed]

30 August 2012: The Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded the first session of the Governing Council of the Agreement on ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation, adopting the Seoul Declaration on Forestry. The meeting also noted the establishment of the Asia Forestry Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), which will encompass the 20% of the world's tropical forests that lie within the ASEAN countries.

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EAS Congress Discusses Building a Blue Economy, Sea Governance [viewed]

July 2012: The 2012 East Asian Seas Congress took place in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, with a focus on building a "blue economy" in the region. It addressed, in particular, progress in the governance of regional/sub-regional seas within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The Congress included the Fourth Ministerial Forum, an Exhibition, an East Asian Seas Partnership Council Meeting, and a PEMSEA Network of Local Governments Forum.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Creating Protected Areas Fund and Financing Mechanism [viewed]

GEFJuly 2012: The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is developing a national trust fund and conservation finance mechanism for the sustainable financing of protected areas in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Bahrain Joins CITES as 176th Member State [viewed]

4 September 2012:  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat has announced that Bahrain has ratified CITES and thus become its 176th Party. Bahrain is home to over 40 species listed in the CITES Appendices.

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World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar [viewed]

World Bank28 August 2012: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, Conservation International and the Malagasy Ministry of Environment and Forestry have launched a project designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar. The CAZ is a biodiversity hotspot.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Forthcoming Cetacean and Sharks Meetings [viewed]

July/August 2012: The latest issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights: forthcoming meetings of the Sharks and Cetaceans Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Romania's actions to avoid construction of wind turbines in Great Bustard habitat, and news on the conservation of argali.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Achievements in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda [viewed]

September 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the August edition of its News Update, inviting participation in its 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be held in 2013. The celebrations will describe CIFOR's journey from a small organization established in 1993, to its current state as a highly influential organization with over 200 partners.

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France Designates Low-lying Island in Mozambique Channel as Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of France has designated its 42nd Wetland of International Importance, a low-lying island in the Mozambique Channel, with a central lagoon enclosed by mangroves, and surrounding waters.

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