Conservation

UNEP-WCMC Publishes Annual Report [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published its 2011 Annual Report. It highlights a growing number of partnerships with a range of biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the Rio Conventions.

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fifth Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Viet Nam has named the Mui Ca Mau National Park as its fifth Wetland of International Importance.

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Event: Third Meeting of Signatories to UNEP/CMS MoU on Middle-European Population of Great Bustard [viewed]

The Great Bustard Scientific Symposium and the Third Meeting of the Signatories to the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) will be held to advance conservation actions on this species.  

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Micronesia Challenge Spotlights Work During 2012 [viewed]

3 December 2012: The December 2012 issue of the Micronesia Challenge Newsletter, published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, provides a round-up of the key developments in each of the 11 prior monthly issues of the newsletter.

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Event: Expert Consultation on Research and Management Priorities for High-Altitude Rangelands and their Interfaces [viewed]

The workshop on Research and Management Priorities for High Altitude Rangelands and their Interfaces in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), will bring together partners and international experts working on ecosystem interfaces of high-altitude rangelands to identify knowledge needs and priorities and to develop an advocacy plan for high-altitude rangelands in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The workshop will build on ICIMOD's efforts to promote the conservation of rangelands and regional cooperation in transboundary landscapes, including the Kailash Sacred Landscape, as well as identify development opportunities for local communities dependent on high-altitude rangeland ecosystems.  

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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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CCCCC, CARIBSAVE Launch Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Project [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative ("C-FISH"), a four-year (2012-2016) project on the management of 15 community-based "no take" zones or marine reserves in five Caribbean countries, was launched on 9 November 2012, in Bluefields, Jamaica.

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Event: CBD Southest Asia Workshop on Reflecting the GSPC in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Singapore Botanical Gardens, with financial support from Japan, this workshop will focus on the need for and approaches towards reflecting national plant conservation targets established under the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

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UNEP Releases Report on Thawing Permafrost, Warns of Increased GHG Emissions and Threats to Ecosystems [viewed]

UNEP27 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost,” which aims to highlight the potential hazards of carbon dioxide and methane emissions from warming permafrost. The report also underscores the impacts of decreasing permafrost to ecosystems, and recommends an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment on permafrost.

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