Protected Areas

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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Ramsar Releases Wetland Disease Manual [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 7, titled "Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Animal Disease in Wetlands."

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IUCN, UNESCO Launch iPhone App on Marine World Heritage Sites [viewed]

8 June 2012: In celebration of World Oceans Day, the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Heritage Centre of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new iPhone application (app), which aims to act as a window on marine world heritage sites.

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio" Highlights Innovative Approaches to Conservation [viewed]

June 2012: The third issue of "The Road to Rio+20: For a Development-led Economy" published by the UN Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD) contains two articles on experiences with innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation in Latin America: the Yasuni-ITT Initiative in Ecuador; and the Mesoamerican Corridor in Mexico.

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GEF, World Bank Receive Development Impact Prize [viewed]

7 June 2012: The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) received the inaugural Development Impact Honors award from the US Department of the Treasury for their work in protecting the world's largest rainforest in Brazil.

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IUCN Releases Bird Update to Red List [viewed]

7 June 2012: According to the 2012 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species update for birds, the risk of extinction has increased substantially for close to 100 species of Amazonian birds. The assessment is based on the rate of deforestation occurring in the region. Of particular concern are species with longer life spans, such as the Rio Branco Antbird and the Hoary-throated Spinetail.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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Ramsar Calls for Comments on Draft Culture and Wetlands Action Plan [viewed]

6 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has issued a call for comments on the Draft Strategic Action Plan on culture and wetlands 2012-2016.

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Future Policy Award Nominates 31 Coast and Ocean Policies [viewed]

World Future Council6 June 2012: The World Future Council, an international policy research organization, has announced its list of nominees for the Future Policy Award, including 31 policies from 22 countries and regions aiming to protect oceans and coasts.

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