National Action

Congo Designates Three Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Site Ramsar Ntokou-Pikounda (photo courtesy of the Ramsar Secretariat)9 October 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 Republic of Congo has designated three new Ramsar sites, bringing to 10 its total number of sites.

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WorldFish Center Presents Lessons Learned for Small Fisheries [viewed]

8 October 2012: In the context of declining fisheries, and with a view to evaluating the success of large and small fisheries programmes in the Philippines, the WorldFish Center has produced a brief on lessons learned on small-scale fisheries from eight regional sites. The brief underscores the need for better clarification of management functions between administrative levels, through scaling up small-scale fisheries management and expanding institutional partnerships.

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FAO and AgriCord Highlight Successful Forest Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO4 October 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), along with AgriCord, Farmers Fighting Poverty, and the Forest and Farm Facility have released a report on what makes a forest producer organization successful. “Strength in Numbers: Effective Forest Producer Organizations” compiles case studies on developing organizational strength, creating networks, lobbying and policy-making, and developing business opportunities.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Shark Protection in FSM [viewed]

1 October 2012: The October 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, highlights the establishment of shark protected waters in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It also recognizes Palau as the winner of the 2012 Future Policy Award for its marine policies.

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Laos Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

27 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) became the sixth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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Palau Wins Future Policy Award 2012 [viewed]

World Future Council26 September 2012: Palau has received the Future Policy Award 2012 in recognition of its 2003 Protected Areas Network Act and 2009 Shark Haven Act. Two Silver Awards recognized the Philippines, for its 2010 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, and Namibia, for its 2000 Marine Resources Act.

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GEF SGP Rehabilitating Endangered Species in Armenia [viewed]

13 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing support to a project to restore two critically endangered species of trout in Lake Sevan in Armenia. The species are threatened as a result of unsustainable industrial and hydroelectric use of the lake.

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India Names Wildlife Sanctuary a Ramsar Site [viewed]

28 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 India has designated Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat state, as its 26th Wetland of International Importance.

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Bhutan Names First Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

28 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Convention has come into force for Bhutan, as of 7 September 2012, and that the paperwork is complete for its first two Wetlands of International Importance.

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Video Introduces UNCCD's PRAIS Reporting System [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has created a video to promote the online national reporting system developed for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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