Protected Areas

Madagascar Designates Two Freshwater Lakes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Madagascar has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, effective as of 5 June 2012, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to nine.

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Rhino Documentary Premieres at Rio+20 [viewed]

CITES18 June 2012: The UN TV and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) launched a documentary titled “Rhino Under Threat” at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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229 Voluntary Commitments Reported to Date at Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2014 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported on the latest submissions of voluntary commitments, which it is compiling in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website. As of 14 June, a total of 229 voluntary commitments have been registered.

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Jamaica Designates Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Jamaica has designated the Mason River Protected Area Bird Sanctuary, as its fourth Ramsar site.

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US Designates Waterfowl Refuge as Ramsar Site [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the US has designated the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes as its 34th Wetland of International Importance.

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Egypt Designates Lakes as Two New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Egypt has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, in Fayoum governorate west of the Nile River.

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Spain Designates Five Ramsar Sites [viewed]

12 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Spain has designated five new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing Spain's total number of Ramsar Sites to 73, the third highest number of sites among Contracting Parties.

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Grenada Joins Ramsar, Designates Wetland of International Importance [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Grenada has ratified the Ramsar Convention. The Convention will come into force for Grenada on 22 September 2012, making Grenada the 162nd Contracting Party to Ramsar.

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Pew Environment Group Publishes Oceans Quiz [viewed]

June 2012: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Pew Environment Group has produced an oceans quiz, titled “How Much Do You Know About the Ocean?,” which aims to test and raise awareness of the benefits provided by oceans and the challenges they face.

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Event: 36th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee [viewed]

Outstanding natural and cultural areas to be added to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List will be announced at the next World Heritage Committee meeting. A total of 36 cultural and natural sites will be considered for inscription this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.  

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