Protected Areas

Event: Third Meeting of the Signatories to the MOU for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region [viewed]

The objectives of the Third Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region will be to adopt the SPREP regional Whale and Dolphin Action Plan 2013-2017 for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); review the status of implementation of the MoU and the Action Plan; set future priorities for the MoU; and discuss strengthened collaboration at the national, regional and international level for the implementation of the MoU and Action Plan.  

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SPREP, IMO Convene Workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas [viewed]

SPREP30 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Australia's Maritime Safety Authority, convened a workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). The meeting aimed to assist in increasing protection of marine environments by building the capacity of Pacific Island nation representatives from the maritime and environment sectors to develop proposals for PSSAs.

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank - GEF30 August 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$11.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement biodiversity-friendly best practices on at least 34,500 hectares of land, as well as to manage natural resources, and preserve and conserve land in Mexico. The project, which will run until 2017, seeks to reconcile rural production with ecosystem conservation, through improvements in the living conditions of rural farmers.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Community Conservation in Guam [viewed]

30 August 2012: The August 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: a marine protected areas (MPA) management meeting in Hawaii; the establishment of a coral reef monitoring programme in Guam; and the launch of a climate change canoe voyage.

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World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar [viewed]

World Bank28 August 2012: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, Conservation International and the Malagasy Ministry of Environment and Forestry have launched a project designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar. The CAZ is a biodiversity hotspot.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Forthcoming Cetacean and Sharks Meetings [viewed]

July/August 2012: The latest issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights: forthcoming meetings of the Sharks and Cetaceans Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Romania's actions to avoid construction of wind turbines in Great Bustard habitat, and news on the conservation of argali.

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France Designates Low-lying Island in Mozambique Channel as Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 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 France has designated its 42nd Wetland of International Importance, a low-lying island in the Mozambique Channel, with a central lagoon enclosed by mangroves, and surrounding waters.

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Event: The Whakatane Mechanism [viewed]

The Whakatane Mechanism, an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “One Programme” initiative, is a multi-stakeholder approach to solving human rights conflicts in protected areas. It aims to ensure that conservation policy and practice respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. The Mechanism includes undertaking a fieldwork assessment in a protected area by a multi-stakeholder taskforce. This taskforce provides recommendations to address human rights violations and facilitates a dialogue in order to reach joint solutions to be put in place by the various parties involved. The Mechanism also celebrates and promotes best practices in conservation and successful partnerships between indigenous peoples, local communities and protected areas authorities.  

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Argentina Designates 21st Ramsar Site [viewed]

22 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 Argentina has designated the Humedales de Península Valdés as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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World Bank Road Construction Considers Conservation Issues [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank is financing the paving of provincial route No. 3 in the province of Chaco, Argentina, an area that goes through the second largest forested area in South America, known as Gran Chaco Americano. A report prepared as part of the project and released on 30 July 2012 contains the results of impact studies and recommendations for conservation during road construction.

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