Protected Areas

Recommendations Presented to Strengthen Trans-Boundary Protected Areas in the Congo Basin [viewed]

cofimaccbfp12 August 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in collaboration with the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) announced the results of a study on trans-boundary protected areas in the Congo Basin funded by the Government of Germany.

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CITES and UNESCO Call for Stakeholders to Strengthen Ties to Fight Poaching [viewed]

unesco-cites9 August 2013: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), have released a joint statement on the impacts of recent and escalating poaching in West and Central Africa. Poaching, they write, is transforming living forests into deserted spaces and causing immeasurable damage.

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UNEP Releases Kenya Wetlands Atlas and Master Plan [viewed]

UNEP31 July 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with funding from the Government of Kenya and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), has released the Kenya Wetlands Atlas and Master Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Water Catchment Areas in Kenya. Both the Atlas and the Master Plan underscore the need for Kenya to undertake a range of conservation measures under the three pillars of wise use, wetlands of international importance, and international cooperation.

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Event: Third International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield [viewed]

This meeting will convene under the theme, 'Biodiversity conservation and economic development: Defining green development of natural resources within the Guiana Shield'. The objective of this conference is to identify the impacts of economic development within the Guiana Shield on the environment, and to define measures to reach real green development within the region. Special attention will be given to rural communities with their traditional lifestyle and extensive traditional knowledge of living sustainably.  

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CBD Secretariat Develops New Portal on the LifeWeb Initiative on Protected Areas [viewed]

CBD20 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has developed a new online portal for receiving expressions of interest for funding for protected areas in the framework of the LifeWeb Initiative.

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2013 MDG Report Highlights Progress and Areas for Accelerated Action [viewed]

mdg2013-report1 July 2013: The 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report recognizes “substantial progress” in meeting many MDG targets while also urging nations to accelerate efforts to achieve unmet MDGs by the 2015 deadline. The report examines areas in which action is most needed, including on environmental sustainability, and highlights unequal progress, with disparities among regions and between rural and urban populations, population groups within countries, and men and women.

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Central Asian Countries Adopt CMS Action Plan on Migratory Species and Impacts of Mining [viewed]

CMS24 June 2013: Representatives from Germany, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met on the island of Vilm, Germany, to adopt an action plan to protect migratory species such as Saiga antelopes, wild camels, Mongolian gazelles and Asiatic wild ass from mining infrastructure development in Central Asia.  

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UNESCO MAB Session Adds 12 Sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco30 May 2013: The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

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Event: Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference [viewed]

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.  

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UNDP, UNEP Toolkit Showcases Community Approaches to ICCAs [viewed]

UNDP UNEP5 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched 'A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities,' which highlights community approaches to the conservation of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

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