Protected Areas

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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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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World Bank's Environmental Strategy Aims at Green, Clean and Resilient Development [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2012: The World Bank has released its new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 with the aim of supporting countries' efforts to secure a sustainable future through initiatives that are green, clean and resilient.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Mariana Islands' Plastic Bag Project [viewed]

5 June 2012: The June 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on the launch of the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) website, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) First Annual Green Gala.  

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Bhutan Joins Ramsar, Designates Two Wetlands of International Importance [viewed]

31 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Bhutan has ratified the Ramsar Convention, which will come into force for Bhutan on 7 September 2012, making Bhutan Ramsar's 161st Contracting Party.

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The 43rd meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF 43) will take place from 27-31 August 2012. The meeting will be preceded by a Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders' Meeting and Pacific African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Leaders' Meeting. PIF 43 will include a Formal Session, Leaders' Retreat, and post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session. Also at this meeting the world's largest marine park, announced by the Cook Islands in December 2011, will be launched.  

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