Protected Areas

Great Apes Summit Seeks Coordinated Response to Protect Great Apes [viewed]

GRASPOctober 2013: The inaugural Great Apes Summit has issued a statement, which underscores the dangers posed to great apes by the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations and outlines six action points to protect priority forests and their associated great apes.

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Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference Calls for Greater Private Sector Cooperation [viewed]

Asean4 October 2013: Participants at the Fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Heritage Parks Conference in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, called for the sustainable management of protected areas, along with increased cooperation with the private sector in conserving and managing biodiversity, based on the appropriate valuation of natural resources.

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WILD10 Announces New Initiatives, Funds and a Policy Statement [viewed]

wild1011 October 2013: The tenth World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) convened in Salamanca, Spain, from 4-10 October 2013, with the theme 'Make the World a Wilder Place,' and concluded with the adoption of the 'Salamanca Statement' as well as the launch of new initiatives focused on youth and cities.

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Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level Debate [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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Experts Share Experience on Drying Lakes [viewed]

doga2 October 2013: Academics, NGO representatives and public officials from ten countries in the Middle East, Balkans and Africa attended the International Gathering on Saving Drying Lakes in Burdur, Turkey, to share and exchange knowledge and experience on the reasons and results of drying of lakes, as well as on worldwide action to save and restore them.

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Event: World Wetlands Day 2014 [viewed]

The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.  

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CMS Reports on High Andean Flamingos Action Plan, Reduction of Barriers to Migratory Species [viewed]

CMSAugust 2013: The June-August issue of the Bulletin of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) features a guest article by Rüdiger Strempel, Chair of the Jastarnia Group, on the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Advisory Committee meeting, in addition to articles on the draft Action Plan for the High Andean Flamingos and the International Action Plan adopted to reduce barriers to migratory species in Central Asia.

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UNESCO Releases 2013-2014 Edition of Biosphere Reserves Map [viewed]

unesco-map6 September 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published the 2013-2014 edition of the map of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which shows the worldwide distribution of the 621 biosphere reserves located in 117 countries, including 12 transboundary/transcontinental sites.

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Coral Triangle Atlas Presents Maps of Regional Change [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative LogoSeptember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

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