Protected Areas

UAE Designates Mangrove and Protected Area as Third Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has designated the Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba, located in the emirate of Sharjah, as its third Wetland of International Importance.

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Ramsar, Arctic Council Conservation Programme Discuss Cooperation [viewed]

Ramsar14 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the recent meeting of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) programme of the Arctic Council. CAFF's main activity is the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) focusing on terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity.

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Event: IPBES-2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will address, inter alia: the initial work programme of the Platform; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform, including for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. The meeting is scheduled for 9-14 December 2013, in Antalya, Turkey.  

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Guest Article #22: Campaigning for Wetlands – Ramsar's World Wetlands Day [viewed]

We can define a campaign as “an organized course of action to achieve a goal.” And this is exactly what we do at the Ramsar Convention in our annual wetland campaign. First launched in 1997, the Convention's World Wetlands Day (WWD) campaign takes place on and around the 2nd of February each year – a date that celebrates the launch back in 1971 of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as an intergovernmental treaty for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The goal of this annual campaign is raising awareness of the importance of wetlands so that all people act for their wise use and conservation, challenging indeed.  

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Event: Leadership Summit for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) [viewed]

This Summit aims to bring together Heads of Governments, Ministers of the Environment, Chief Executive Officers of major corporations and donor agencies to set a new course for the management and preservation of the region's marine and coastal environment. Co-hosted by the Prime Minister of Grenada and the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the event is supported by Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, and The Nature Conservancy. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) was launched in 2008 to provide greater leadership for protecting and sustainably managing the marine and coastal environment across the Caribbean.  

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Activities in CNMI, Guam [viewed]

March 2013: The March 2013 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: a meeting of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Micronesia Challenge Communications Working Group; and Guam's adoption of a Micronesian Challenge logo.

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UNEP/CMS Raptors MoU to Develop Action Plan for Sooty Falcon [viewed]

11 March 2013: The Coordinating Unit (CU) of the UN Environment Programme/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) Raptors MoU, in close collaboration with Range States, specialist ornithologists and others, is leading the development of an International Single Species Action Plan (ISSAP) for the Sooty Falcon.

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ADB Symposium Addresses Wildlife Crime in Asia [viewed]

ADB11 March 2013: A three-day symposium organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) brought together senior justices, Attorney Generals, prosecutors, wildlife and environment police, customs officers and government enforcement experts to identify actions to address wildlife crime in Asia.

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GLISPA, Micronesia Challenge Strategize on Next Phases [viewed]

8 March 2013: At recent meetings, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Steering Committee discussed strategies for achieving GLISPA's goals for 2013, including combating invasive species, stimulating "blue-green" economic growth and accomplishing debt-for-adaptation swaps to finance ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) activities, while the Micronesia Challenge discussed its second phase.

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Swaziland Joins Ramsar Convention [viewed]

7 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Swaziland has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 165th contracting party.

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