Protected Areas

Cameroon Designates Two New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

6 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Cameroon has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to seven.

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UNESCO MAB Calls for Comments on Updated Review of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released draft forms for nomination and periodic review of biosphere reserves, as updated by the electronic working group. Comments and suggestions on the draft forms are invited until 30 October 2012.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Comments on Protected Areas Governance Toolkit [viewed]

CBD26 July 2012: A draft toolkit on governance of protected areas has been developed by several partners in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is open for review. The purpose of the toolkit is to facilitate the development of institutional and individual capacity for all those involved in the governance and management of protected areas.

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Event: Forest Day 6: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate [viewed]

Forest Day 6 will take place on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. It seeks to inform UNFCCC's global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with agreements on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) reached at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. Forest Day is hosted by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on behalf of and in collaboration with other CPF members.  

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Romania Designates Four Ramsar Sites [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Romania has designated four new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance. All four new sites are associated with the Danube River, and all are exceptionally important for waterbirds, according to Ramsar.

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International Sava River Basin Commission Holds Ecotourism Workshop [viewed]

31 July 2012: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) held an international workshop on the development of ecotourism in the context of cross-border cooperation. The Commission was set up in 2004 among the Governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, to cooperate for the sustainable use of the Sava River's resources and improved living conditions for populations in the Basin.

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WRI Releases Report on "Reefs at Risk" in Coral Triangle [viewed]

July 2012: The World Resources Institute (WRI), together with the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP), have released a reported titled “Reefs at Risk Revisited in the Coral Triangle.” The report was adapted from WRI's 2011 global analysis of threats to coral reefs, titled "Reefs at Risk Revisited," supplemented with additional information and data for the Coral Triangle region. The report was released at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, taking place from 9-13 July 2012, in Cairns, Australia.

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UNESCO Identifies Potential World Heritage Marine Sites in Western Indian Ocean [viewed]

UNESCOJuly 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report assessing potential World Heritage marine sites in the Western Indian Ocean from an ecosystem perspective. The report was developed in anticipation of increased global interest in designating new marine World Heritage sites, and with the aim of piloting a more scientific and robust approach to identifying marine sites of potential Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).

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GEF Supports Biodiversity in Palm Cropping in Colombia [viewed]

GEF21 July 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced that it is providing a grant of US$4.25 million to implement biodiversity-friendly agro-ecological practices in palm cropping in the northern and eastern regions of Colombia. The project is expected to reduce the percentage of new palm-growing areas that encroach on protected land, increase the surface area in palm-production units of protected land, and support small-scale palm producers.

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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