Protected Areas

UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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Swaziland Joins CMS [viewed]

2 January 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced the accession of Swaziland, as the 118th Party to the Convention, on 1 January 2013.

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Ramsar Reports on Small Grants Fund Project in Moldova [viewed]

20 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a workshop on wetlands management, which was the last activity of the 2010 Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project "Developing a Wetland National Policy for the Republic of Moldova."

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Ramsar Workshop Trials Arabic Language Wetland Management Planning Training Programme [viewed]

20 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a workshop to trial a newly-developed Arabic language wetland management planning training programme.

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Event: INC-Forests 4 [viewed]

The fourth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) is slated to complete negotiations for a legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests.  

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Event: Third International Conference Waters in Sensitive and Protected Areas [viewed]

This Conference organized by the Croatian Water Pollution Control Society (CWPCS) and the European Water Association (EWA) will address themes including: implementation of legal obligations related to water and environmental protection in sensitive areas; new concepts and technical solutions applicable in sensitive and protected areas (PAs); protection of surface and groundwater resources and of strategic drinking water reserves; and water in sensitive transboundary areas. The conference will also include a round table on tourism in sensitive and PAs.  

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Ramsar Reports on Small Grants Project in Sundarbans Reserved Forest, Bangladesh [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project that aimed to disseminate Ramsar Convention messages among local communities and to promote wetland wise use in the South West Coast of Bangladesh.

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UNDP Reports on Wetland Preservation in Kazakhstan [viewed]

UNDPDecember 2012: A joint initiative by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the Government of Kazakhstan has helped salvage and protect Kazakhstan's wetlands, UNDP has reported. Since the initiative began in 2003, seven sites have been declared protected areas, illegal fishing has decreased, and local residents have developed eco-friendly business ventures.

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Event: Protected Area Management Course [viewed]

This course is taught in Spanish and is designed for participants from Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations in Latin America, Africa and Europe that are directly involved in planning and management of protected areas, buffer zones and conservation corridors. The course is coordinated by CSU in collaboration with the Office of International Programs of the United States Forest Service and with cooperation of other US federal agencies, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation, as well as non-governmental organizations and state and municipal governments. The course will take place from 3 July-3 August 2013, with applications due on 31 January 2013.  

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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