Protected Areas

UNECE Launches Environmental Performance Review of Morocco [viewed]

UNECE20 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced it will carry out an Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Morocco, at the request of the Moroccan Government. The review will focus on air pollution, water and waste management, and biodiversity and protected areas, among other issues.

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GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2012: The University of Kent has announced that, together with the University of Durham, it is conducting research on mitigating the conservation impacts of climate change on protected areas in West Africa, as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project, led by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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Mexico Designates Four Ramsar Sites [viewed]

17 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Mexico has designated four additional Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar Sites to 133.

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UK Designates 169th Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the UK has designated the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits, in Northamptonshire in England, as its 169th Wetland of International Importance.

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UNESCO Releases Workshop Report on Organic Products in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO15 March 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the report of a workshop held on the "Potentials of a joint marketing of organic products from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves," which explored the contribution to environmental conservation and sustainable development of the production and marketing of organically produced food.

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GEF SGP Highlights Biodiversity Projects in Uruguay [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has highlighted the results of two projects in Uruguay. One promoted organic farming of native species and the other addressed land planning in protected area buffer zones.

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PEW Lauds Guam on Shark Protection Law Anniversary [viewed]

12 March 2012: Pew Environment Group (PEW) has lauded the efforts of Guam on the one year anniversary of its Public Law 31-10, which protects sharks by prohibiting the possession, sale and trade of shark fins, rays and ray parts.

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Ramsar Sites Reach Milestone [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the number of designated Ramsar sites has reached 2,000. Presently, these 2,000 sites, covering almost 200 million hectares, constitute the largest network of protected areas in the world.

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Viet Nam Designates Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Viet Nam has designated its fourth Wetland of International Importance as of World Wetlands Day 2012, bringing the total number of Ramsar Sites globally to 2,000.

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US Designates 31st Ramsar Site [viewed]

9 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the US has designated as its 31st Ramsar Site, the Kakagon and Bad River Sloughs on the shores of Lake Superior in the state of Wisconsin.

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