Protected Areas

Romania Designates Seven Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Romania11 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Romania has designated seven new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the total number of sites for this country to 19.

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Event: Regional Great Lakes Stakeholder Forum [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society as part of a regional Stakeholders Engagement for Informed Decision-Making, Threats Mitigation and Sustainable Fresh Water Services Management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa project. The forum will convene under the theme "Addressing the drivers of change in the Freshwater Systems of the Great Lakes Region". The two-day event will take place in the framework of the project ARCOS is implementing with funding support from the MacArthur Foundation and in partnership with Lake Tanganyika Authority, Nile Basin Discourse, Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa, BirdLife International/Africa Partnership Secretariat and IUCN-Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.  

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UNDP, WCS Programme Revives South Sudan's Parks and Wildlife [viewed]

UNDP5 February 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are collaborating to train South Sudanese wildlife authorities on all aspects of professional park management. The programme aims to preserve wildlife and support rural livelihoods through three components: improving national park conservation; building government capacity; and sustainably financing conservation efforts.

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Micronesian Challenge Newsletter Highlights Kosrae Marine Protected Area Awareness Project [viewed]

2 February 2013: The February 2013 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, highlights recent support for the Awareness Campaign for Sustainable Management of the Tafunsak Marine Protected Area Project in Kosrae. It also spotlights the outcomes of a Micronesian Challenge Communications workshop, which convened in Guam.

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Bolivia Designates Three Rivers as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

4 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Bolivia has designated three new Ramsar Sites, Río Matos, Río Blanco, and Río Yata, totaling nearly seven million hectares in area.

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Croatia Designates Lake as Ramsar Site [viewed]

4 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Croatia has designated Vransko Lake as its 5th Wetland of International Importance. The site is a Nature Park and Special Ornithological Reserve that is the largest natural lake in Croatia.

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World Wetlands Day Focuses on Water Management [viewed]

2 February 2013: As a contribution to the UN International Year for Water Cooperation, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) focused the celebrations of this year's World Wetlands Day on wetlands and water management. The Day aims to show the interdependence between water and wetlands and the key role wetlands play.

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TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

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US Designates San Francisco Bay/Estuary as Ramsar Site [viewed]

30 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of the United States (US) has designated the San Francisco Bay/Estuary (SFBE) as its 35th Wetland of International Importance.

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Tunisia Designates Two Important Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia recently designated two Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as new Wetlands of International Importance. 

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