Protected Areas

Ministerial Conference Calls for Intensified Implementation of Global Tiger Recovery Program [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation brought together ministers and representatives of 13 tiger range countries to review achievements since the 2010 Tiger summit, and to reaffirm their commitment to doubling the tiger population by the next Year of Tiger in 2022. The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan, in coordination with the World Bank's Global Tiger Initiative (GTI).

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CBD "Square Brackets" Newsletter Focuses on Aichi Targets [viewed]

October 2012: The seventh issue of [square brackets], the newsletter on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and civil society, has been made available online. With a special focus on the Aichi biodiversity targets, this issue features the perspectives of the Heads of five agencies that are members of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Task Force, and of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: CBD South-Eastern Atlantic Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This workshop aims to: facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) through application of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) scientific criteria and other relevant criteria, as well as the scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction; collate, review, analyze and synthesize relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system; and compile and produce regional EBSA reports for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). The workshop will focus on the South-Eastern Atlantic region.  

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CEC Presents Guidelines for Designing Climate-Resilient MPAs [viewed]

23 October 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has presented a set of scientific guidelines for designing marine protected areas (MPAs) that are resilient to climate change. The Guidelines were developed by the CEC in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN).

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Mexico, OAS Launch Project to Help Caribbean Reefs and Coastal Management [viewed]

OAS18 October 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Mexico announced joint implementation of a project aiming to improve the capacity of Caribbean countries to value and measure ecosystem services of coral reefs and to strengthen coastal zone management systems.

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Project on World Wide Views on Biodiversity Presents Final Report [viewed]

October 2012: World Wide Views on Biodiversity, a global project aiming to raise awareness of biodiversity values, published its Results Report and presented it at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The project addressed Aichi Target 1 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which states that "By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably."

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Seal Count Reaches Record High in Wadden Sea [viewed]

31 October 2012: The Common Wadden Sea Secretariat has reported that the Trilateral Seal Expert group, consisting of experts from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, found that the Wadden Sea-wide seal count for 2012 was the greatest since the beginning of the seal count in 1975. The Wadden Sea is a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

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Event: CMS Workshop to Develop an International Action Plan on the Conservation of Argali and Their Habitat [viewed]

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat has invited argali range States to nominate relevant technical experts for the working group in order to contribute to the further strengthening and formalization of transboundary conservation of argali. An international consultant will develop a first draft action plan based on the work of participants at the Vilm workshop in March 2012. At the workshop in Bishkek, which will be financed by the GIZ Regional Program on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia, participants will review this document and discuss priority activities for implementation.  

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ASCOBANS 7 Adopts Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoise, Agrees on Priorities for Research and Conservation [viewed]

24 October 2012: At the seventh meeting of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS), eight countries agreed on a number of measures to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in European waters, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has announced. A

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EEA Releases Overview of European Protected Areas [viewed]

EEA22 October 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled “Protected Areas in Europe – an Overview,” reviewing the status of national parks, nature reserves, biosphere reserves and other protected areas in Europe. According to the report, there are over 105,000 nationally designated protected sites in EEA member and cooperating countries.

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