Protected Areas

Ramsar STRP Newsletter Highlights Ecosystem Monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

6 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the November 2012 issue of its Newsletter.

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fifth Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Viet Nam has named the Mui Ca Mau National Park as its fifth Wetland of International Importance.

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Micronesia Challenge Spotlights Work During 2012 [viewed]

3 December 2012: The December 2012 issue of the Micronesia Challenge Newsletter, published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, provides a round-up of the key developments in each of the 11 prior monthly issues of the newsletter.

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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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CCCCC, CARIBSAVE Launch Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Project [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative ("C-FISH"), a four-year (2012-2016) project on the management of 15 community-based "no take" zones or marine reserves in five Caribbean countries, was launched on 9 November 2012, in Bluefields, Jamaica.

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Australia Announces Extensive New Network of Marine Reserves [viewed]

16 November 2012: The Government of Australia has announced the world's biggest network of marine reserves. Covering an ocean area of over 2.3 million square kilometers (km2), the new reserves include important habitats for threatened species of turtles, sharks and whales.

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EC Announces Major Additions to Europe's Protected Areas [viewed]

26 November 2012: The European Commission has announced the addition of 235 sites of community importance to its Natura 2000 network of protected sites, representing nearly 25,000 square kilometers (km2) of new conservation areas, including land and marine habitats.

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IUCN Report Introduces New Tool for Cross-Border Partnerships [viewed]

19 November 2012: A publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights how transboundary conservation action in South-East Europe's Dinaric Arc helps protect the region's biodiversity.

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