Protected Areas

Event: Inter-Ministerial and Experts Conference on Biosphere Reserves in the Caribbean Sub-Region [viewed]

Organized by the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme, this meeting will convene under the theme "Tools for Sustainable Development and Growth." The objective of the event is to facilitate discussions on the identification of appropriate locations for new biosphere reserves as well as their integration with local/national sustainable development and adaptation to climate change plans.  

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Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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CITES CoP 16 Opens in Bangkok [viewed]

3 March 2013: The sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) opened on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand, and will continue through 14 March 2013.

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CITES-CMS Event on Saiga Antelope Discusses Joint Efforts for Species Conservation [viewed]

CITES/CMS4 March 2013: A joint side-event by the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held on “The Saiga Antelope: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation and Sustainable Use.”  

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Ramsar Releases Video Guide on Updating Information Sheets [viewed]

8 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released a video meant to guide contracting parties through the process of providing updated information on all of their Ramsar Sites.

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Ramsar Releases World Wetlands Day Reports [viewed]

26 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced the upload of reports received from the celebrations of World Wetlands Day (WWD), which was observed on 2 February 2013.

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UNESCO Declares Haiti's First Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNESCO26 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that La Selle, in Haiti, has been officially declared as Haiti's first biosphere reserve.

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ADB Announces Project to Support Conservation in Borneo [viewed]

ADB27 February 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that is providing nearly US$4.5 million in assistance to the Government of Indonesia to support conservation of threatened forest areas on Borneo.

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UNESCO IOC Reports on the Ningaloo Niño Event [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 February 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on the impacts of the La Niña phenomenon in 2010-2011, which caused a massive ocean heatwave in the Indian Ocean, more than 10,000 km off of Australia's western coast.

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SPREP Launches South Pacific Ocean Ecosystem Analysis Project [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched the South Pacific Ocean Ecosystem Analysis project (PACIOCEA), which aims to enhance local and regional capacity for improving conservation and sustainable ocean management through marine spatial planning.

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