Protected Areas

UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Rio+20, Progress on High Andean Flamingos and Saiga Protection [viewed]

June 2012: The May/June issue of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin features an editorial by Bert Lenten, CMS Officer in Charge, on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noting that the outcome recognizes the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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GLISPA Establishes Island Summit Working Group [viewed]

22 May 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has established a Working Group to plan for the Island Summit, to be held during the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Working Group is open to individuals, organizations and countries able to commit in-kind or financial resources to support the preparations and coordination of the Island Summit.

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CaMPAM Supports Water-Based Tourism Workshop in Saint Lucia [viewed]

27 March 2012: The Caribbean Marine Protected Area Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) has reported on a stakeholder workshop on water-based tourism at the St. Lucia Department of Fisheries. The workshop aimed to educate resource users on threats to marine resources and livelihood strategies in the country.

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UK Signs CMS Sharks Memorandum [viewed]

27 June 2012:  The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that the UK has signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Migratory Sharks. The Sharks MoU was adopted to help develop management measures to protect threatened shark species, such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks.

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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Island Leaders Announce Conservation Commitments [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) hosted a leaders breakfast on 21 June 2012, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The breakfast was attended by Heads of State or Government from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Colombia, Grenada, Indonesia, and Seychelles, who announced new conservation commitments.

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Denmark Designates Three Ramsar Sites in Faroe Islands [viewed]

23 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Denmark has designated three new Wetlands of International Importance in the Faroe Islands.

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Maldives Announces Plans to Declare Country a Marine Reserve [viewed]

21 June 2012: During the high-level segment of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Mohamed Waheed, President of the Republic of Maldives, announced plans for his country to be declared a marine reserve.

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Biodiversity Conventions, UNEP Strengthen MEA Coordination Through Focal Points [viewed]

20 June 2012: Four regional UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Biodiversity Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Focal Points met with the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) to address MEA coordination.

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