Conservation

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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Winners of MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2012 Announced [viewed]

20 September 2012: The winners of the MIDORI Prize, organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), have been announced. The prize is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.

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CEC Project Identifies Priority Conservation Actions in Big Bend/Río Bravo Region [viewed]

10 September 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America held a workshop bringing together scientists and government officials from Mexico and the US to set priorities for conservation of the important Big Bend/Río Bravo cross-border ecosystem. The Workshop was held 7 September 2012 in Mexico City.

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Event: International Banana Symposium [viewed]

Scientific experts, researchers, government agencies and private industries working on banana issues will gather for an international banana symposium co-organized by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI), Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan, Bioversity International and the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET). The symposium's theme will be “Banana health management, use diversification and adaptation to climate change.” Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2012.  

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GLISPA Releases Update on Commitments and Emerging Policies [viewed]

GLIPSA20 September 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has released an update on its activities, titled “GLISPA Project Update, No.2.” The update includes information on GLISPA events, commitments and emerging opportunities, priorities, and governance and coordination.

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SPREP Releases Annual Meeting Outcomes [viewed]

SPREP20 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has highlighted the key outcomes of its 23rd Annual Meeting, which convened in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 30 August-8 September 2012. The meeting addressed four key areas: ocean conservation and management; renewable energy; financing for biodiversity and climate change; and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: World Ocean Council “Sustainable Ocean Summit” [viewed]

The World Ocean Council's second Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) will be held in Washington D.C., US, to further advance leadership and collaboration among the diverse ocean business community in addressing marine environment and sustainability challenges. The SOS brings together the wide range of industries involved in the use of marine space and resources, and will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling and invasive species; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; cross-sectoral collaboration in responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; cargo issues, port waste reception facilities and marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. The theme for the SOS 2013 is ‘Oceans 2050'.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Announces New Policy Board Observers [viewed]

UN-REDD19 September 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, highlighting in-country progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Nigeria, Zambia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

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