Protected Areas

Event: CBD Eastern Tropical and Temperate Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs [viewed]

The Eastern Tropical and Temperate Pacific regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologicallly or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS). It will include one day of training on the application of CBD EBSA criteria and a four-day workshop.  

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SBSTTA 16 Adopts Recommendations on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

L-R: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; SBSTTA 16 Chair Senka Barudanovic; and David Cooper, CBD Secretariat 5 May 2012: The 16th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 15 recommendations, including two packages of recommendations on marine and coastal biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change. It also addressed the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and in-depth review of the work programme on island biodiversity (PoWIB), inter alia.

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World Bank Reports Results of Mercury Decontamination in Kazakhstan [viewed]

World Bank30 April 2012: The World Bank and the Government of Kazakhstan have reported on success in cleaning up contaminated mercury sites through an initiative to reduce mercury contamination in industrial sites and the Nura's riverbanks and flood plains.

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France Designates Caribbean Nature Reserve as 41st Ramsar Site [viewed]

1 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of France has designated its 41st Wetland of International Importance, a Protected Biotope and Nature Reserve on the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, and called "Zones humides et marines de Saint-Martin."  

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World Bank Invests in Sustainable Ocean Ecosystem Management [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank published a brief titled "Helping to Better Manage the World's Oceans," which presents the sectoral results for sustainable ocean ecosystem management and the Bank's role in the creation of the Global Partnership for Oceans.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Transboundary Efforts for Argali Sheep, Gorilla, and Other Species [viewed]

March/April 2012: The newest issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights: a new project to save the critically endangered cross river gorilla; a case study on the transboundary migration corridor between Ethiopia and Southern Sudan; and the Central Asian Countries' effort to develop a road map towards transboundary conservation of argali sheep.

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FOREST EUROPE, UNECE/FAO Launch Survey on the State of Forests Report [viewed]

19 April 2012: FOREST EUROPE (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) and the UN Economic Council for Europe/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNECE/FAO) are inviting the users of, and contributors to, the State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report (SoEF 2011) to complete a brief on-line survey about their experiences. 

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Ramsar Releases Technical Note on Wetland Losses [viewed]

18 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released a briefing note on avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland loss, which is a supporting background document to Draft Resolution XI.9, on "An Integrated Framework and guidelines for avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland losses," proposed by the Ramsar Standing Committee for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11).

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CaMPAM Announces Learning Exchanges for Best Marine Practices [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) has announced the launch of a project aimed at supporting learning exchanges among marine protected areas (MPA) staff and fishers from the Dominican Republic, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, and Antigua and Barbuda, as well as other Caribbean countries.

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World Bank, UNDP, GEF Project Preserves Biodiversity in South Africa [viewed]

World Bank13 April 2012: The World Bank has reported on a project carried out from 2004 to 2010, together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and with support from two Global Environmental Facility (GEF) grants, aimed to promote conservation through private land stewardship and expand protected areas to preserve biodiversity in South Africa.

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