Conservation

ECCAS Countries Adopt Plan to Protect Elephants in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic [viewed]

23 March 2013: Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) representing ministries of foreign affairs, defense and security issues, regional integration and wildlife protection convened an emergency meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon and adopted an emergency anti-poaching plan (PEXULAB) to protect elephants in ECCAS countries.

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Montenegro Designates Special Flora and Fauna Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Montenegro has designated Tivat Saline, a Special Flora and Fauna Reserve located in the coastal strip of Tivat Bay, as its second Wetland of International Importance.

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Australia Designates Coastal Wetland as its 65th Ramsar Site [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Australia has designated Piccaninnie Ponds Karst Wetlands on the South Australia coast as its 65th Wetland of International Importance.

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CBD Circulates Newsletter on Biodiversity for Development [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a newsletter on 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,' highlighting biodiversity's contribution to the development agenda, relevant targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, as well as relevant activities of the CBD Secretariat.

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Honduras Designates Two Coastal Wetlands as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Honduras has designated two new coastal wetlands as Ramsar sites, bringing the total number of Wetlands of International Importance for this country to eight.

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HLCP Chair Calls for Nominations to Oceans Compact [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Chair of the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), Achim Steiner, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, has invited UN Member States and Specialized Agencies to submit names for possible nomination to the Ocean Compact Advisory Group (OCAG), and specified selection criteria. The call is open until 15 April 2013.

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South Africa Designates Nature Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of South Africa has designated the uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve, a BirdLife Important Bird Area in KwaZulu-Natal province, as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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Reports on Administration of the CBD for April - December 2012 Available Online [viewed]

CBD4 April 2013: The 57th, 58th and 59th editions of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), covering the period from April to December 2012, have been made available online.

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Iceland Designates Three Nature Reserves as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

4 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Iceland has designated three new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this country to six.

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NGOs to Cooperate on Prespa Lake Management [viewed]

3 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that, on 29 March 2013, a transboundary Agreement of Cooperation was signed between three environmental NGOs from the three countries sharing the Prespa lakes, namely Albania, Greece and Macedonia.

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