Sustainable Use

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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EC Welcomes ICCAT Tuna Conservation Decisions, Urges Shark Protection [viewed]

20 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) has commended conservation measures and catch limits agreed at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for Eastern Bluefin tuna, Western Bluefin tuna and Blue and White Marlins. On sharks, the EC called for a process to better define ICCAT's role in relation to sharks, with the aim of eventually enhancing shark protection.

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EC Proposes Initial 2013 Fish Catch Quotas [viewed]

19 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) presented its initial proposal on 2013 catch quotas for commercially important fish species, under arrangements for managing fish stocks jointly with other countries or Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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Caspian Ecological Forum Addresses Wise Use of Caspian Sea [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the Caspian Ecological Forum, which provided a platform for dialogue and cooperation for the wise use of the resource-rich Caspian Sea. 

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UNU-INWEH Outlines Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has published a policy brief titled “Securing the Future of Mangroves.” The brief is based on the World Atlas of Mangroves and describes both the current status of mangroves, including their economic value, as well as threats to mangrove ecosystems and considerations for good management practices.

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NBI Launches State of the Nile Report [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) published the “State of the Nile River Basin Report 2012,” which highlights the fragile aquatic ecosystems of the Basin. The report notes the importance of the Nile for migratory birds and describes issues related to agricultural water use, power generation, navigation and climate change impacts on the basin.

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