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Shark numbers increasing in protected Fiji reserve, scientists say

SUVA, Fiji, July 15 (UPI) -- Fiji's largest marine reserve has more sharks than surrounding areas that allow fishing, evidence protected areas are good for sharks, conservationists say.

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No deal on huge Antarctic marine reserves

International talks on establishing huge marine reserves in Antarctica have failed to reach a consensus.

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Antarctica May Get World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas After Meetings This Week

Members of 24 nations and the European Union will meet in the German seaport of Bremerhaven this week to discuss the fate of two marine protected areas, or MPAs.

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'Back off Manatee Bay' - Govt, UDC take flak over integrated resort-development plan

PLAYERS FROM Jamaica's conservation sector have come out against the inclusion of Manatee Bay in St Catherine among the likely areas for development, as Government opens applications for integrated resort developments (IRDs), which are intended to grow the hotel sector.

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60 big cats killed in Brazilian parks in last two years

At least 60 big cats have been killed within national protected areas in Brazil during the past two years according to a recent survey published in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science (TCS).

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Tasmania's old growth forests win environmental protection

World Heritage Centre has extended heritage listed boundary by more than 170,000 hectares

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Birds 'show value of conservation investments'

The plights of the world's threatened birds show the value of investing in conservation, according to campaigners.

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Fishing Undercuts Kiribati President’s Marine Protection Claims

TARAWA, Kiribati, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - A growing chorus of politicians, scientists and environmentalists are urging President Anote Tong of Kiribati to actually do what he claims was already done in 2008: create the world’s most effective marine protected area in a remote archipelago in the Centr ...

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Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Mexico - the Actam Chuleb Example

As our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems, especially our marine ecosystems.

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The Chagos Islands are unique and worth protecting

The Chagos Islands marine protected area is the largest of its kind in the world, encircling the dozens of tiny islands of the Chagos archipelago that lie in thousands of miles of Indian Ocean between Madagasgar and Asia.

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Flying rainbows: the scarlet macaw returns to Mexico

On April 21, 2013, the first flock of scarlet macaws (of many more to come) was released into the jungles of Aluxes Ecopark, nearby classified World Heritage Site Palenque National Park, as a part of a massive reintroduction project to restore the popular and culturally-significant bird to the w ...

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Indigenous sacred sites now qualify as protected areas in Colombia

The first indigenous sacred site set aside under a new category of protected area in Colombia has been established in the northeastern part of the South American country. Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0528-colombia-sacred-sites.html#BoJmhU56vCgjk7DF.99

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World's largest tropical park may have protected status revoked

Tumucumaque National Park, a sprawling reserve that covers a Belgium-sized area of rainforest (38,874 square kilometers) in northeastern Brazil, may see its protected status revoked due to insufficient consultation with local municipalities prior to its creation, reports O'Eco.

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Eco-sensitive zones: states may get more time to submit plans

New Delhi: The environment ministry is likely to extend yet again the deadline for states to submit site-specific proposals for the declaration of eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) for around 102 national parks and 515 wildlife sanctuaries in the country, a ministry official said on Wednesday.

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Al Wathba Wetland Reserve receives international recognition

Abu Dhabi: The Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) has announced that the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve has been recognised internationally and declared as a Ramsar site, the first in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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Sea Turtles Benefiting from Protected Areas

Apr. 29, 2013 — Nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study that is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park.

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Scientists to replenish lobster population with help from wind farm

HELGOLAND, Germany, April 27 (UPI) -- German scientists say they hope to replenish the lobster population off the German island of Helgoland with the help of offshore wind farms.

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Jamaica takes aim at World Heritage list - Culture ministry continues to look into downtown tourism tours

The park, located in the eastern mountainous region of Jamaica, is one of the country's first and most important protected areas and was nominated for inscription to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage List in 2011.

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Scientists attack government climbdown on marine protection

Academics warn government it could be condemning marine environment to 'years of overexploitation and degradation'

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Southern Indian Ocean gains "huge" protected area

South Africa has announced that its Prince Edward Islands sub-Antarctic territory will be declared a Marine Protected Area.

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Escalating Cost of Forest Conservation

Apr. 16, 2013 — In the face of unprecedented deforestation and biodiversity loss, policy makers are increasingly using financial incentives to encourage conservation.

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Angola: Rehabilitating Angola's Protected Coastal Areas

Luanda — In an important move to promote sustainable development across its national territory, the Government of Angola will step up its efforts to protect a vast natural area along the Atlantic coast.

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Protected areas 'welcome mats' for birds

YORK, England, April 10 (UPI) -- Protected wildlife areas in Britain are proving to be "welcome mats" for new bird species colonizing the country in recent decades, experts say.

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UK sea protection plans 'floundering'

The government is stalling on the creation of a network of zones to protect the UK's seas and wildlife, MPs have warned

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UK nature reserves attract new bird species

The UK's nature reserves act as 'ecological welcome mats' to new species, according to scientists.

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South Africa: Prince Edward Islands Declared a Marine Protected Area

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Mrs BEE Molewa, MP, has declared the Prince Edward Islands, a Marine Protected Area (MPA).

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New Research: Marine Reserves Can Stoke Local Economies

On April 3, 2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and a team of colleagues from around the world published a scientific paper called “A General Business Model for Marine Reserves” in the journal PLoS ONE.

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Saving Australia’s marine biodiversity

Last year the Australian Government unveiled plans for marine protected areas girding the continent. The plans became official in November. Parliament approval is expected shortly.

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Tool makes conservation profitable and fair

A new conservation tool could ensure the location of marine protected areas is fair to everyone who fishes, say researchers.

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Fla. coast protected for sea turtles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 23 (UPI) -- Much of Florida's space coast is being declared "critical habitat" to protect the threatened loggerhead sea turtle, federal wildlife officials said.

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Fish larvae study stirs marine park debate

A new study on the dispersal of fish larvae has reignited a debate on the science behind marine parks.

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Argentina moves to protect wildlife

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. environmentalists are applauding Argentina's decision to create two coastal protection areas for sea lions, penguins, dolphins and other sea life.

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Australia’s plans for sea havens ‘flawed’

When Australia unveiled a groundbreaking network of marine reserves to gird the continent last year, praise rained down from conservationists.

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Dozens of tropical trees awarded new protections at CITES

Numerous species of rosewood and ebony from Madagascar, Latin America, and Southeast Asia were granted protection today at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand. The ruling comes one day after CITES granted the first protections ever to sharks a ...

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Less Rainforest Deforestation Occurs In Strictly Protected Areas

Deforestation is less likely to occur in areas of the Amazon rainforest that have been placed under strict protection than those that allow for controlled resource extraction, according to a new study published Monday in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sc ...

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Fencing off wild lions from humans 'could save them'

Nearly half of Africa's wild lions are facing extinction in 20 to 40 years unless urgent conservation measures are put in place, a report suggests.

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Scientists in fight for embattled protected areas

Many parks and protected areas around the world are being assailed by poachers and encroachers, but a new study suggests scientific research in the parks helps to reduce such threats.

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Does the presence of scientists help deter poaching and deforestation in protected areas?

While vast areas of wildlife habitat have been set aside in protected areas in recent decades, many reserves continue to suffer from illegal encroachment, logging, mining, and poaching.

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How the Life of a Chipmunk in Michigan Came to Save Elephants and a Million Acres in Cambodia

Cambodia, the first Asian nation to join the IUCN in 1958 is also a significant signatory to the United Nations global Convention on Biological Diversity mandating that member nations draw up sustainable Biodiversity Action Plans.

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Cameroon: Climate Conversations - Big Beetles, Big Benefits - Trading Some of the Largest Insects On Earth

Protection of beetle habitats in Cameroon and regulation over their collection and trade could help lift rural communities out of poverty while conserving relic forest patches in the region, a new study says

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Antarctica needs marine protected areas

The Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in its meeting from October 23 to November 1, 2012, failed to deliver any agreement on marine protected areas (MPAs) for Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. CCAMLR, made up of 24 countries and the European Union, had been con ...

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B.C. land protection insufficient to conserve species biodiversity: report

Environmental protection of B.C.'s landscapes is fragmented, inconsistent and falls woefully short of what scientists say is needed to conserve species biodiversity, according to a comprehensive land-use review released Thursday by environmentalists

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Comment: Marine protected areas preserve biodiversity

Canada’s territory includes the world’s longest coastline, bordering three oceans and the Great Lakes, and covers more than 5.8 million square kilometres of marine area inhabited by an astonishing diversity of fish species, mammals and plant life

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Indonesia has conservation success in park

JAKARTA, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Some Indonesian island communities have found an important balance between social well-being and reduced impacts on marine biodiversity, scientists say.

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African elephants prefer Serengeti National Park

Wild African elephants prefer to live in safer, protected areas and become stressed when they leave them.

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Republic of Congo park to protect gorillas

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park to protect a population of 125,000 western lowland gorillas, a U.S. conservation group says.

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Lowland Gorillas, Protected in a Green Abyss

The locals said it could not be done. It was 1999, and the hardheaded ecologist J. Michael Fay was determined to tromp across 2,000 miles of the Congo Basin.

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Biosphere bid to protect Sussex countryside

A bid to protect hundreds of kilometers of Sussex countryside has been launched. Conservationists, politicians and campaigners joined up to kick-start the Brighton and Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership. The group wants to get the area between the River Adur and the River Ouse designated ...

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Iconic S. American tapir surveyed

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Latin America's largest land mammal, the tapir, is thriving in a network of remote national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border, conservationists report.

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Living beside a tiger reserve: scientists study compensation for human-wildlife conflict in India

Living beside a tiger reserve: scientists study compensation for human-wildlife conflict in India

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