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Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific

SAN JOSE, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas.

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'A remarkable conservation achievement': Ecuador reserve expands as forest disappear

A strip of rainforest running along the northwestern Ecuadorian coast and up through Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

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Major Expansion Of Ecuador Reserve Will Better Protect Over 360 Species Of Birds, Other Wildlife

A joint effort among Fundación Jocotoco, Rainforest Trust, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), World Land Trust (WLT), and March Conservation Fund has added 1,187 acres to the Río Canandé Reserve, bringing protection to more than 6,100 acres of forest in the highly-threatened Chocó region of northw ...

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Barack Obama to create world's largest ocean reserve in the Pacific

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which bans commercial fishing, to be expanded to six times its current size

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Enhancing European biodiversity by connecting conservation areas

While conservation areas have helped European biodiversity to flourish, there needs to be more connection between protected areas, along with greater attention to the needs of individual species.

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Protected areas do work, concludes study

Protected areas are working. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of over 80 different studies on the efficacy of parks and nature reserves in safeguarding wildlife.

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Marine Reserves in All UK Overseas Territories?

On 10th September in Parliament, Zac Goldsmith MP, Stanley Johnson, the RSPB, the Blue Marine Foundation and the Pew Trusts presented a pamphlet calling on the Government to commit to creating Marine Protected Areas around three of its Overseas Territories: Pitcairn, Ascension, and South Georgia ...

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A path to becoming a conservation scientist

The path to finding a career often involves twists and turns. Serendipity is important — one rarely anticipates what small events, chance occurrences, and seeds of inspiration will spur decisions that lead to pursuing one job or another.

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Conservationists use social media to take on Peru's booming illegal wildlife trade

Illegal wildlife trafficking is thriving in Peru. But a Peruvian organization is now using a public campaign, via social media and press releases, to track and rescue illegally kept wildlife in the country.

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Aerial Census of Africa's Elephants Aims to Help Conservation, Anti-Poaching Efforts

OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana—"Fifteen elephants right!" ecologist Mike Chase shouts above the roar of the single-engine Cessna. The plane swoops low over the herd of gray bodies as they wade single-file across the floodplain below.

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DENR to strengthen coastal, marine biodiversity-conservation program

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has vowed to strengthen the management regimes for the 32 Marine Protected Areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) law and Verde Island Passage, finally giving marine biodiversity conservation its much-deserved ...

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Protected areas proven to protect biodiversity

Protected areas conserve biodiversity and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas, researchers say.

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Penguins in urgent need of protection

All of them are definitely charismatic and collectively are one of people’s favourite animals – yet the world’s 18 penguin species are now at “considerable risk”, scientists warn. And unless effective conservation measures that should include the urgent establishment of more Marine Protected Are ...

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White House could announce world's largest marine reserve soon

If the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument becomes a marine reserve, it would double the area globally subject to tight fishing restrictions. Other countries are also working to expand the area of such ocean havens.

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Bali uprising: Plan to convert protected area into golf courses, mall spurs outrage

In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, and concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia has given the green light to a controversial development project in Benoa Bay. The plan would convert 700 acres of theoretically protected mangrove and ocean front into a tourist haven ...

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Protecting America’s Underwater Serengeti

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 2014 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the world’s no-fishing areas to protect what some call America’s underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays arou ...

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'Natural Reserves' no more: illegal colonists deforest huge portions of Nicaraguan protected areas

For centuries the forest survived as the sole home of the Rama and Kriol communities, supporting a wealth of fauna, from the mighty jaguar to the shy agouti. Today, both the fauna and people face a real and ever-present risk of being evicted from the only land they know.

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Want to save Africa's elephants? Close all ivory markets

The only way to save the long-suffering elephants of Africa is to close every ivory market on the planet and destroy all ivory stockpiles, according to a bold new essay in Conservation Biology.

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Arctic explorer to swim seven seas for greater protection of oceans

Lewis Pugh undertaking long-distance swims to back calls for 10% of the world’s seas to be declared marine protected areas

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The future of tropical biology research and conservation

Last week, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), the world's largest organization devoted to the study and conservation of tropical systems, held its 51st annual meeting in Cairns, Australia.

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Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland

This morning, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) received the welcome news that the Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.

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Seychelles island of D’Arros becomes an official nature reserve -

A tiny emerald in a sea of sapphire blue, the island group of D’Arros, situated in the outer islands of the Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, has been announced as an officially protected nature reserve under the Nature Parks and Conservancy Act. - See more at:

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Good news for Spanish seabirds

The Spanish government has announced the establishment of 39 new marine protection areas which closely mirror the Marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas identified by BirdLife International’s Spanish partner SEO/BirdLife after a decade of scientific research tracking seabirds and understan ...

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Coastal wildlife paradise declared biosphere reserve in Argentina

Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina's Península Valdés a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program (MBA).

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Kenya, China launch initiative to protect wildlife reserves

Kenya and China on Wednesday launched an initiative aimed at empowering neighboring wildlife protected areas to participate in conservation.

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Google Glass And Drones To Assist Nepal In Fighting Poachers In Protected Areas

In an effort to curb poaching and the illegal trade of wildlife in the country, the World Wild Fund for Nature, or WWF, in Nepal is planning to harness a unique blend of technology.

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Protection of UK’s sealife ‘too slow and lacking ambition’

MPs’ report questions government’s commitment with less than a quarter of marine conservation zones created after four years

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Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves

The US plans to create the world's biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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UN applauds decision by oil firm to halt exploration in DR Congo national park

12 June 2014 – The United Nations agency that advocates for the protection of irreplaceable natural and cultural resources today welcomed as “a step in the right direction” the decision of British oil company Soco to halt oil exploration in ecologically rich but endangered Virunga National Park ...

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The Battle for Africa's Oldest National Park

The mystery surrounding a wounded conservationist, and the fight for war-torn Virunga

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Guatemala establishes new reserve for endangered animals

Guatemala has formally established a 19,000-hectare (47,000-acre) reserve that protects several endangered bird and amphibian species, reports the American Bird Conservancy (ABC).

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Canada lags in protecting oceans: report

Canada has been “dragging its heels” on commitments to create marine protected areas and ranks last on the list of countries with the longest coastlines in terms of the amount of ocean where human activity has been restricted to preserve biodiversity.

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Plan to shrink World Heritage forest in Tasmania 'clearly inappropriate,' says IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has roundly criticized Australia's proposal to remove 74,000 hectares of temperate rainforest from the World Heritage Committee.

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Happy Amazon: $215 million raised for world's largest protected area network

By all standards the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) program is gargantuan: the network includes over 90 parks, covers 51 million hectares, and comprises 15 percent of Brazil's Amazon.

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Bird invaders 'moving in' to UK's nature reserves

Nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife, as well as being vital for native species, are very important for helping European birds to expand their ranges into Britain naturally.

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Coral Sea paradise is world's largest protected area

IF UNDISTURBED natural beauty is your bag, it's time you headed to New Caledonia. The group of islands in the Pacific is a French territory that now boasts the title of the world's largest protected area.

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New Caledonia officially creates world's largest protected area

The government of New Caledonia last week officially created the world's largest protected area, establishing a multi-use zone that at 1.3 million square kilometers is three times the size of Germany, reports Conservation International (CI).

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Captive-bred European bison sent to Romania for reintroduction to wild

Bison bred in UK and Irish zoos to be released in Vanatori Neamt Nature Park in Carpathian Mountains

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Facebook honors most popular national parks on Earth Day

The list is dominated by the natural beauty and geological splendor of the West's big three: Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone.

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Azerbaijan boosts protection of protected areas

Azerbaijan's Parliament ratified amendments to the law "On Specially Protected Natural Territories and Objects" on April

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Protected reserve to be set up in Tabuk region

Plans are under way to set up a protected area in the Tabuk region, north of the Kingdom to protect marine and terrestrial life.

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Does environmental protection help or hurt the poor?

When pristine natural areas are turned into nature reserves, what happens to the communities that surround them?

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How India is building Asia's largest secure forest network

It's been all about connecting the green dots. Since 2012, the southern state of Karnataka has declared nearly 2,600 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of forests as protected areas, linking a series of national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries.

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New marine reserves, sanctuaries announced to protect Kaikoura's wildlife

Kaikoura's world-renowned wild marine environment will be better protected by a new marine reserve, whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations, all announced by the Government today.

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Europe votes for an Arctic Sanctuary

Yesterday, the European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the creation of an Arctic Sanctuary covering the vast high Arctic around the North Pole, giving official status to an idea that has been pushed by activists for years.

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Feds to set aside land in Southwest for endangered jaguar

ALBUQUERQUE, March 5 (UPI) -- Some 764, 207 acres of critical habitat will be set aside to protect endangered jaguars in the borderlands of New Mexico and Arizona. The move was announced yesterday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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'Zoo visitors not told of biodiversity'

NEW DELHI: Zoo visitors in Delhi seem to have an abysmally poor understanding of biodiversity. Worse still, the National Zoological Park is doing very little to improve the awareness of its visitors on the matter.

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Food storage rules at Yosemite force bears to eat a more natural diet

YOSEMITE VILLAGE, Calif., March 4 (UPI) -- In 1998, Yosemite National Park witnessed a record-breaking 1,584 bear incidents. The following year, rangers decide to up their efforts to keep human food out of the big, burly paws of black bears.

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Zoos, aquariums do teach us about biodiversity, largest international study proves

Zoos and aquariums do teach the public about the delicate balance between animal species and their habitats, a new international study shows.

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Marine reserves planned around commercial interests

Australia's seas tend to be set aside only where mining and fishing are not affected, study warns.

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