Protected Areas

CBD COP 11 Adopts Interim Target and Roadmap for Resource Mobilization [viewed]

COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.22 October 2012: Held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 33 decisions on a range of strategic, substantive, administrative, financial and budgetary issues. Delegates agreed to set an interim target of doubling biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015, and at least maintaining this level until 2020. This is coupled with targets on improving baseline information, as well as a preliminary reporting framework for monitoring resource mobilization.

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EC Issues Guidelines on Inland Waterway Transport and Natura 2000 [viewed]

EC18 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has issued new guidelines that aim to assist the inland navigation sector in ensuring that their activities comply with EU environmental policy and nature legislation, with a focus on the Birds and Habitats Directives.

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UNEP-WCMC and IUCN Release Protected Planet 2012 Report [viewed]

Protected Planet Report 201218 October 2012: A new report, titled “Protected Planet Report 2012: Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas,” was released on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report - the first in an annual series - reviews progress towards the achievement of CBD targets on protected areas, and includes a set of indicators for protected area coverage, representativeness, effectiveness, management and governance.

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GEF Develops Strategy for Long-Term Environmental Goals [viewed]

GEF17 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced the launch of its effort to develop a “GEF 2020 Strategy." The strategy will designate long-term goals for the environment, and seek to position the GEF as an innovator and partner in supporting the achievement of environmental objectives worldwide.

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UNDP Launches 2012-2020 Global Framework on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDP18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a global strategy to protect biodiversity and manage ecosystems. The 2012-2020 framework represents a shift in focus to recognizing the opportunities provided by biodiversity and ecosystems as a catalyst for sustainable development, while also recognizing the value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society and promoting innovation.

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World Bank Report Highlights Latin America Successes in Innovative Financing for Conservation [viewed]

World Bank12 October 2012: On the occasion of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, the World Bank has released a report that presents new approaches to financing nature conservation that can mobilize funding and community action and provide the long-term sustainability needed to secure healthier ecosystems and improve livelihoods. 

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS 7) expects to set priorities for the implementation of the Agreement in the coming intersessional period, and to adopt, among others, draft resolutions on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Inner Danish Waters and the Kattegat, and on Impacts of Chemical Pollution on Small Cetaceans.  

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Ecosystem Restoration Day Convenes at Rio Conventions Pavilion [viewed]

17 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, for Ecosystem Restoration Day. The session began with a keynote speech by James Aronson, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).

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CITES Releases Proposals for Amending Appendices I and II [viewed]

CITES16 October: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published proposals for the amendment of CITES Appendices I and II.

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Philippines Designates Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park as Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Philippines has designated Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park as its fifth Wetland of International Importance.

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