Tourism

Philippines Designates Bird Sanctuary as Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Philippines has designated Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, a coastal urban wetland and bird sanctuary situated within the metropolis of Metro Manila, as its sixth Wetland of International Importance.

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IDB Launches Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB15 March 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Program (BSE) to help Latin America and the Caribbean leverage its natural capital to protect the environment while promoting sustainable development.

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UNWTO Tourism Project Raises Climate Change Awareness Among Young Indonesians [viewed]

7 March 2013: Indonesian school students have urged tourism leaders to “take climate change seriously,” through the Mangrove Ambassadors Programme, part of the Sustainable Tourism through Energy Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in Pangandaran (STREAM) project of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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New Zealand Supports SPREP's Biodiversity, Climate Change and Waste Projects [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it has signed a funding agreement with the Government of New Zealand for NZD4.5 million. The funding package will support programmes in Pacific Countries to improve the management of solid waste, protect biodiversity and encourage economic development through ecotourism, and assist Pacific countries in responding to climate change.

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EEA Releases Reports on Invasive Species [viewed]

EEA21 February 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on invasive species. The first, titled "The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe," discusses the effects and spread of some species. The second, titled "Invasive alien species indicators in Europe," looks at the methodology for collecting the data.

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Event: Training on Tourism and Biodiversity: Understanding Tourism Trends and Biodiversity Conservation for Innovative Products and Marketing [viewed]

This training course is being organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) with the support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. It is being held at the Wadden Sea Biosphere Reserve of Schleswig – Holstein, Germany, and will have an emphasis on coastal tourism. The course is aimed at national and local authorities, the private tourism sector and NGOs involved in biodiversity and tourism. Training modules will provide a thorough understanding of the CBD “Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development” among other topics.  

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The Netherlands Designates Four Coastal Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Dutch flag12 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has reported that the Government of the Netherlands has designated four new coastal and near-coastal Wetlands of International Importance on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao, in the Leeward Antilles, bringing the total number of sites for this country to 53.

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Portugal Names New Ramsar Site in the Azores Archipelago [viewed]

29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) reported that the Government of Portugal has named the Paúl da Praia da Vitória in the Azores Archipelago as its 31st Wetland of International Importance.

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UNGA Adopts Ecotourism Resolution [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection." By the text (A/67/441), adopted on 21 December 2012, the Assembly calls for optimizing ecotourism's benefits particularly in African countries, the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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CAMBio Recognizes Biodiversity-Friendly Financial Institutions in Honduras [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the executor of the Central American Markets for Biodiversity (CAMBio) project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), recognized six Honduran financial institutions for providing credit to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) contributing to biodiversity conservation.

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