Protected Areas

GEF Council Approves Projects on Biodiversity and Blue Carbon [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, at its 41st Council Meeting, approved decisions on the administration of the GEF, as well as a work programme including several biodiversity-related projects on protected areas, and an innovative International Waters initiative, the “Blue Forests” effort to estimate the carbon sequestration capacity of coastal habitats like mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs and salt marshes, and demonstrate their economic value.

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UNEP-CEP and The Nature Conservancy Introduce Quarterly Update on Caribbean Challenge [viewed]

9 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme Caribbean Environment Program (UNEP-CEP) and The Nature Conservancy released the inaugural issue of a quarterly update to increase awareness of the Caribbean Challenge initiative, share progress and inspire others.  

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China Names Four New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

13 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of China has named four new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing the country's total number of Ramsar sites to 41.

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Ramsar Announces 2012 Award Winners [viewed]

15 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced the winners of the 2012 Ramsar Awards. The Awards are granted for wetlands-related work on education, management and science, as well as in recognition of achievement. A special 40th anniversary honorary Ramsar Award also was granted.

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Armenia Designates Marsh as Third Ramsar Site [viewed]

Armenia Designates Marsh as Third Ramsar Site16 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Armenia has designated its third Wetland of International Importance, Khor Virap Marsh, a state sanctuary located in the ancient Arax riverbed in the central part of the country.

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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GBIF Data Portal Helps Identify Environment-Species Links [viewed]

GBIF11 November 2011: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Portal has contributed to a study of over 300,000 mammal records from the US to assess the importance of climate and land cover on species presence at various scales. 

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UNESCO Releases Proceedings of Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change Conference [viewed]

For Life for the Future - Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change18 November 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the proceedings of the high-level international conference titled "For life, for the future - Biosphere reserves and climate change," which took place from 27-28 June 2011, in Dresden, Germany. The conference discussed the role of UNESCO biosphere reserves in implementing and advancing climate change policies.

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Ramsar Releases European Meeting Report [viewed]

Ramsar17 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released the report of the Seventh European Regional Meeting, which addressed major themes influencing management and use of water-related ecosystems in the coming years.

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Ramsar, CMS and AEWA Conduct Technical Mission in Moroccan Wetland [viewed]

Ramsar, CMS and AEWA Conduct Technical Mission in Moroccan Wetland17 November 2011: A technical assistance mission was undertaken in Rabat, Morocco, and the area of Saïdia, on the Ramsar Site “Embouchure de la Moulouya." It addressed concerns regarding the development of tourist facilities in the vicinity, which supports avifauna and high levels of biodiversity.

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