Protected Areas

European Commissioner for the Environment Highlights Natura 2000 Programme [viewed]

25 September 2012: During the “Three for the Tree – Investing in Natura 2000 for Future Prosperity and Well-Being,” event organized by WWF, IUCN and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EU Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network.

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NAFO Strengthens Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

21 September 2012: The 34th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) took place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 17-21 September 2012. The meeting set total allowable catches (TACs) for cod, redfish, white hake, thorny skates and shrimp, and took decisions to strengthen protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs).

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World Bank Supports Forest Fire Response Project in the Russian Federation [viewed]

World Bank20 September 2012: The World Bank approved a US$40 million loan to prevent forest fires and promote sustainable forest management in the Russian Federation in an effort to protect forests and limit related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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GEF, FAO Support Transboundary Protected Areas in Ghana and Ivory Coast [viewed]

GEF10 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing support for a project, implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to implement a transboundary management agreement for the long-term sustainable management of protected areas and their buffer zones in the Bia-Diambarakro area, at the frontier between Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire.

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CEC Project Identifies Priority Conservation Actions in Big Bend/Río Bravo Region [viewed]

10 September 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America held a workshop bringing together scientists and government officials from Mexico and the US to set priorities for conservation of the important Big Bend/Río Bravo cross-border ecosystem. The Workshop was held 7 September 2012 in Mexico City.

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GLISPA Releases Update on Commitments and Emerging Policies [viewed]

GLIPSA20 September 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has released an update on its activities, titled “GLISPA Project Update, No.2.” The update includes information on GLISPA events, commitments and emerging opportunities, priorities, and governance and coordination.

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World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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PROFOR Highlights Success in Revenue Sharing from Protected Forest [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) has highlighted the case of revenue sharing from a protected area in Tanzania, as the third in an ongoing series of stories on benefit-sharing from forest conservation, titled "What it Takes." Implemented by CARE International, the project in Zanzibar paid local communities to refrain from killing monkeys and collecting wood illegally.

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Nairobi Convention Focal Points Discuss Management of WIO Region [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: The Focal Points Forum Meeting of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region (Nairobi Convention) met in Maputo, Mozambique, on 9 August 2012. The meeting focused on implementation of the Nairobi Convention, and preparations for the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 7), scheduled to convene in December 2012.

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Adopts Jeju Declaration, Elects New President [viewed]

15 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress elected Zhang Xinsheng of China as the new President of IUCN, during the Congress held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Before closing, the 2012 Congress also approved the IUCN Programme for 2013-2016, adopted several other motions, and adopted the Jeju Declaration on "nature-based solutions."

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