Protected Areas

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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CMS Newsletter Highlights MEAs Implementation [viewed]

CMSMarch 2013: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) February-March newsletter features an editorial by Bradnee Chambers, the new CMS Executive Secretary, on the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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UNDP, EU and GEF Partner to Protect Iona National Park [viewed]

UNDP15 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a project in coordination with the Angolan Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the European Union (EU), to protect the 1.5 million hectare Iona National Park. The US$10 million project also aims to assess the size and dynamics of plant and animal populations, and enforce anti-poaching efforts, making Iona a model national park.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Reports on its 17th Meeting [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released the first issue for 2013 of the newsletter of its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which features articles on the 17th meeting of the STRP, which was held in February 2013, Ramsar's engagement in the post-2015 development agenda consultation on water, and a key biodiversity area criteria and delineation workshop, which was held in March in Front Royal, Virginia, US.

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Montenegro Designates Special Flora and Fauna Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Montenegro has designated Tivat Saline, a Special Flora and Fauna Reserve located in the coastal strip of Tivat Bay, as its second Wetland of International Importance.

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