Protected Areas

GEF Showcases the Relevance of MPAs for Long-term Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEFDecember 2012: The December 2012 edition of "the greenline," the newsletter of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), notes the successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as an efficient tool to achieve the Aichi target 11 on the conservation of coastal and marine areas.

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Event: IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 [viewed]

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.  

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Ramsar, CBD Release Technical Paper on Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries [viewed]

8 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have jointly published a report, titled "Determination and Implementation of Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries." The report stresses the importance of maintaining the ecological character of estuaries for both integrated river basin management and integrated coastal zone management.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Report of ICCAs Colloquium [viewed]

21 December 2012: The report of the Colloquium on the role of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) in achieving the Aichi targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, held on 13 October 2012 on the margins of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, has been made available online.

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CBD LifeWeb Initiative's Newsletter Provides Overview of Achievements [viewed]

December 2012: The LifeWeb Initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its newsletter, providing an overview of developments in 2012 and planning for the new phase coming up in 2013.

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IUCN Helps Lebanon Develop a Marine Protected Areas Strategy [viewed]

8 January 2013: Lebanon's Ministry of Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with support from the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), have developed a Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Strategy.

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UNESCO Calls for Candidates for Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management [viewed]

January 2013: UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme has issued a call for the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management, awarded every two years to a selected case study on biosphere reserve management in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves.

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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Swaziland Joins CMS [viewed]

2 January 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced the accession of Swaziland, as the 118th Party to the Convention, on 1 January 2013.

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Ramsar Reports on Small Grants Fund Project in Moldova [viewed]

20 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a workshop on wetlands management, which was the last activity of the 2010 Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project "Developing a Wetland National Policy for the Republic of Moldova."

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