Protected Areas

UN Secretary-General Launches Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 August 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Oceans Compact, which seeks to support and strengthen the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The launch took place at a side event during the Yeosu International Conference, Republic of Korea, held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of UNCLOS.

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CMS Study Highlights Importance of Transboundary Conservation of Argali [viewed]

10 August 2012: An assessment of the gaps and needs of argali conservation, as well as options for promoting argali conservation cooperation under the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), concluded that the threatened argali mountain sheep would benefit greatly from improved transboundary conservation under the Convention.

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UNESCO MAB Launches Survey on Carbon in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with Terra Global Capital to take stock of opportunities to assist biosphere reserves with access to financial resources, through the development and marketing of projects for 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).

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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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