Protected Areas

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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Ramsar Reports on Symposium for Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies [viewed]

14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the 2012 International Symposium for the Conservation of Gonggeomji and Rice Paddies held in September, which aimed to evaluate the management plan for Gonggeomji and its possible designation as a Ramsar Site.

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CMS Standing Committee Reviews Activities Since COP 10 [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) convened on 7-8 November 2012,  to hear an update on activities undertaken by the CMS Secretariat since the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10), held in Bergen, Norway, in November in 2011. 

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World Bank Report Highlights Importance of Africa's Forests and Woodlands [viewed]

World Bank10 November 2012: The World Bank has released a special report, "Forests, trees, and woodlands in Africa: an action plan for World Bank engagement," highlighting the importance of Africa's forests for economic growth and development, and as providers of key ecosystem services supporting livelihoods and increased resilience to climate change. 

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GWF Publishes Paper Discussing Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems in Australia [viewed]

Global Water ForumNovember 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF), affiliated with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), released a discussion paper outlining initiatives to protect freshwater ecosystems in Australia, including its signature of the UN Stockholm Declaration, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the World Charter for Nature and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Western Indian Ocean States Commit to Resource Mobilization for WIO-CC [viewed]

28 October 2012: Participants in the second technical workshop of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) adopted a declaration committing to fulfill the WIO-CC, including by addressing the need for a resource mobilization and sustainable finance strategy that includes private sector engagement. Representatives from Comoros, France (Réunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Tanzania (Zanzibar) attended the workshop, held from 22-26 October 2012, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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