Protected Areas

UNESCO MAB Session Adds 12 Sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco30 May 2013: The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

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Event: Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference [viewed]

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.  

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UNDP, UNEP Toolkit Showcases Community Approaches to ICCAs [viewed]

UNDP UNEP5 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched 'A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities,' which highlights community approaches to the conservation of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

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Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network Sets Priorities [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: During the Eleventh International Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS), the biosphere reserves of the REDBIOS Network agreed to reinforce their commitment to the development of the Man and Biosphere (MAB)Programme and established different priority work areas.

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UNESCO Outlines Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners have released a book, titled 'Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves,' which compiles the presentations of the Island Biosphere Reserves that attended the 2nd meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves: Sustainable Development and Climate Change, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in September 2012.

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Orphaned Bonobos Indicate Pressure on the Congo's Forests [viewed]

PROFOR22 May 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has examined and used the number of bonobo orphans arriving at a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as an indication of pressure on rainforests in the country.

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World Migratory Bird Day 2013 Marks the Importance of Ecological Networks [viewed]

world-migratory-bird-day12 May 2013: This year's celebrations for World Migratory Bird Day 2013, held 11-12 May, highlighted the importance of ecological networks for the survival of migratory birds, the important human networks dedicated to their conservation, the threats migratory birds face, and the need to strengthen international cooperation to conserve them.

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Romania and Bulgaria Designate Transboundary Ramsar Sites [viewed]

romania-bulgaria-flag7 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria have requested the Ramsar Secretariat to recognize three earlier-listed Ramsar Sites, part of the Lower Danube Green Corridor, as Transboundary Ramsar Sites.

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UNESCO, CITES and UNEP Draw Spotlight on the Need to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unesco-unep-cites6 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Chinese actress, Li Bingbing, have recently undertaken activities to address wildlife crime and highlight the gravity of its impacts.

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Turkey Designates Volcano Caldera as its 14th Ramsar Site [viewed]

Turkey3 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Turkey has named the caldera of the Nemrut volcano located on the western shore of Lake Van in the eastern part of the country, and one of the most important wetlands of Bitlis province, as its 14th Wetland of International Importance.

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