Protected Areas

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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Oman Joins Ramsar, Designates Nature Reserve [viewed]

= oman-flag2 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Oman has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 167th contracting party. The wetland Qurm Nature Reserve was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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Kiribati Joins Ramsar, Designates Coastal Wetland [viewed]

kiribiti-flag1 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kiribati has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 166th contracting party. The coastal wetland No'oto-North Tarawa was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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UAE Designates Wetland in Abu Dhabi as Fourth Ramsar Site [viewed]

UAE Flag29 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has designated Al Wathba Wetland Reserve as its fourth Wetland of International Importance. It is also the first Ramsar Site designated in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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New Ramsar Secretary General Appointed [viewed]

christopher_briggs25 April 2013: The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced that Christopher Briggs has been appointed to, and has accepted, the position of Secretary General. He will succeed Tiéga Anada, who has served the Convention in that position for the past six years.

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IDB Provides $72 Million for Sustainable Forestry and Poverty Reduction in Brazil [viewed]

lac_countries_approve22 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$72 million loan to the Brazilian state of Acre to promote sustainable forestry and agroforestry to keep deforestation in check while contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction.

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Bioversity International Project Explores Link between Farming and Biodiversity in Cuba [viewed]

Bioversity International16 April 2013: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project, implemented by Bioversity International, will be officially launched in May to address issues of farming and biodiversity conservation within two Cuban "Man and the Biosphere Reserves."

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Belarus Designates Four Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Belarus Flag15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Belarus has designated four Important Bird Areas as new Wetlands of International Importance, totaling an area of over 100,000 hectares.

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Great Bustard MoU Meeting Adopts New Action Plan [viewed]

CMS12 April 2013: The 3rd Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda), held in Szarvas, Hungary, adopted a new Action Plan for the period 2012-2016.

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