Conservation

Estonia Designates 17th Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated its 17th Wetland of International Importance. Haapsalu-Noarootsi, a wetland complex situated along the Baltic Sea, is located on the northwestern coast of the country.

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Event: Fifth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for Ramsar COP 11 [viewed]

The Fifth Oceania Regional preparatory meeting for the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The meeting will review the current implementation of the Convention and introduce the COP 11 Draft Resolutions. Ramsar COP 11 will take place from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania.  

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FAO, CITES Workshop Reviews Effectiveness of Regulatory Shark Measures [viewed]

7 March 2012: The report of an international workshop to “Review the Application and Effectiveness of International Regulatory Measures for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Elasmobranchs,” organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Convention on International Trade of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was been released.

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CMS Reports on Niger's Creation of the Termin Reserve [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported that the Government of Niger has approved the creation of the Termit Tin Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve, which now becomes one of the largest protected areas in Africa.

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IUCN Urges Measures to Reverse the Loss of Seabirds [viewed]

9 March 2012: A new assessment by BirdLife International, a partner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, finds that the status of the world's seabirds is declining.

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IUCN SSC Bulletin Highlights Tapir, Antelope and Canid Specialist Group Activities [viewed]

February 2012: The February edition of the Species e-Bulletin, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), features an article on the efforts by IUCN's Viet Nam office to establish two new protected areas to offset the environmental impacts of the quarrying operations of Holcim Viet Nam Ltd (HVL), among other articles. 

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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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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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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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CITES Secretary-General Discusses IFSD at UNEP GCSS-12/GMEF [viewed]

March 2012: In a statement delivered during the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF), John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), offered suggestions related to the issue of the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD).

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