National Action

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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ADB Supports Waste to Energy, Pedestrian Infrastructure, and Wetland Protection Activities in China [viewed]

ADB27 September 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is providing US$600 million of loans to the Government of China for waste to energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, and protection of wetlands projects.

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FAO's Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study Calls for Significant Investment and Reform [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of the Russian Federation have released "The Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study to 2030," which covers the 20% of the world's forests located in the Russian Federation, projecting increased forest product production under all scenarios. However, in order to maximize sustainable forest management benefits, the report calls for significant investment, reform and protection.

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World Bank Supports Forest Fire Response Project in the Russian Federation [viewed]

World Bank20 September 2012: The World Bank approved a US$40 million loan to prevent forest fires and promote sustainable forest management in the Russian Federation in an effort to protect forests and limit related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Event: Biosafety CEPA Fair [viewed]

Organized jointly by the CBD Secretariat and the Government of India, this Fair will provide an opportunity for parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to share information and experience gained in the Protocol's implementation, such as: national level implementation of the Protocol's Strategic Plan for 2010-2020; development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs); design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities; use of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and implementation of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) for 2011-2015. The Fair will be held on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 6). The participating governments and organizations will be able to present their activities and outputs in a variety of formats, including: posters, printed materials and CD-ROMs, videos and/or PowerPoint presentations.  

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Canada Extends Ramsar Site in the Metro Vancouver Region [viewed]

22 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 Canada has vastly extended the Alaksen Ramsar Site, first designated in 1982, from 586 hectares to 20,682.

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UNESCO Reports on the Addition of Four Sites to the Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

UNESCO21 September 2012: During the 11th European Geoparks Conference, the Global Geoparks Network Bureau added four new sites in China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain. The Global Geoparks Network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity or beauty that are also used to promote sustainable development for local communities.

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Tunisia Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

21 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 Tunisia has designated two wetlands of International Importance, Barrage Mlaabi and Complexe des zones humides des Chott el Guetayate et Sebkhet Dhreia et Oueds Akarit, Rekhama et Meleh.

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