Protected Areas

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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Australia Announces Extensive New Network of Marine Reserves [viewed]

16 November 2012: The Government of Australia has announced the world's biggest network of marine reserves. Covering an ocean area of over 2.3 million square kilometers (km2), the new reserves include important habitats for threatened species of turtles, sharks and whales.

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EC Announces Major Additions to Europe's Protected Areas [viewed]

26 November 2012: The European Commission has announced the addition of 235 sites of community importance to its Natura 2000 network of protected sites, representing nearly 25,000 square kilometers (km2) of new conservation areas, including land and marine habitats.

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IUCN Report Introduces New Tool for Cross-Border Partnerships [viewed]

19 November 2012: A publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights how transboundary conservation action in South-East Europe's Dinaric Arc helps protect the region's biodiversity.

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Marine Meeting Discusses Tools to Improve Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity16 November 2012:  An international meeting on marine and coastal biodiversity was held in Brest, France, on 13-14 November, 2012, as a contribution to the UN Decade for Biodiversity (2011-2020), with a focus on interactions between the development of marine territories and biodiversity.

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Wetlands Symposium Highlights Importance as Environmental Indicators [viewed]

20 November 2012: At the "International Wetland Symposium 2012," participants discussed the importance of wetland conservation, its use as environmental indicators, and grassroots projects on improving the livelihood of communities living at wetland sites, particularly Ramsar Sites. The symposium took place in Pokhara, Nepal, from 7 to 10 November 2012.

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Proceedings of Ramsar COP 11 Available [viewed]

16 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the proceedings of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), which took place in Bucharest, Romania, in July 2012, are now available on CD-ROM in English, French, and Spanish.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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Caspian Ecological Forum Addresses Wise Use of Caspian Sea [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the Caspian Ecological Forum, which provided a platform for dialogue and cooperation for the wise use of the resource-rich Caspian Sea. 

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43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Biodiversity Projects/Programs [viewed]

GEF15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

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