Sustainable Use

SPC Scientists Urge WCPFC to Agree on Tuna Fishery Reference Points [viewed]

SPC10 December 2012: Scientists from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have urged negotiators working on a tuna fish stocks management mechanism for the Western Central Pacific to agree on reference points to drive the process.

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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CMS Workshop Discusses International Action Plan for Conservation of Argali Sheep [viewed]

6 December 2012: A workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, addressed the development of an international action plan for the conservation of argali sheep. Representatives from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the role of trophy hunting and sustainable use in the conservation of this species, which is also an important prey of the snow leopard.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem Monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

6 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the November 2012 issue of its Newsletter.

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fifth Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Viet Nam has named the Mui Ca Mau National Park as its fifth Wetland of International Importance.

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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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Australia Announces Extensive New Network of Marine Reserves [viewed]

16 November 2012: The Government of Australia has announced the world's biggest network of marine reserves. Covering an ocean area of over 2.3 million square kilometers (km2), the new reserves include important habitats for threatened species of turtles, sharks and whales.

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EC Announces Major Additions to Europe's Protected Areas [viewed]

26 November 2012: The European Commission has announced the addition of 235 sites of community importance to its Natura 2000 network of protected sites, representing nearly 25,000 square kilometers (km2) of new conservation areas, including land and marine habitats.

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