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World's first all-female patrol protecting South Africa's rhinos

Unarmed Black Mambas recruited from local communities are guarding nature reserve inside the Greater Kruger national park

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World's protected natural areas receive eight billion visits a year

Researchers say that the first study to attempt to gauge global visitation figures for protected areas reveals nature-based tourism has an economic value of hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and call for much greater investment in the conservation of protected areas in line with the valu ...

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Rare Amur leopard population doubles in Russia, WWF says

MOSCOW, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The number of endangered Amur leopards at a Russian animal reserve has nearly doubled in seven years, the World Wildlife Federation announced Monday.

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Planning the world's largest protected area

The aim of the corridor is to improve the protection of the environment, its biodiversity and the climate. Santos would like the project to be a transnational one, involving Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela.

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The struggle to save the 'Congolese unicorn'

EPULU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Deep in the jungle, Col. Lucien Gedeon Lokumu is rallying his troops. About 50 men stand in mismatched uniforms while Lokumu attempts to inspire them with a pitch-perfect sermon: We’ve got to stabilize the forest, but not at the expense of the people who cal ...

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Australian zoo announces eastern bongo birth

SYDNEY, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- An Australian zoo announced the birth of a critically endangered eastern bongo, one of the world's rarest species of antelope.

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How do parks affect the poor? Jury’s still out, some experts say

In Peru’s vast northeastern region, where roads are scarce and forests abundant, crackdowns on the illegal plundering of timber, fish, and wildlife are sporadic and expensive.

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Hounding down poachers in the DR Congo

How do you catch a poacher? In Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo - which is famous for its elephants and mountain gorillas - a special dog unit is tracking and capturing illegal hunters.

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Fracking to be allowed beneath national parks despite ban pledge

Ministers accused of watering down commitment to ban controversial shale gas exploration in protected areas

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Conservationists call for UK to create world's largest marine reserve

Pressure is mounting on the UK government and opposition parties to commit to creating at least one massive marine reserve in the Pacific or Atlantic to protect rare and threatened whales, sharks, fish and corals ahead of the general election.

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Conservation of Nature Lags Far Behind

NEW YORK, Feb 2 2015 (IPS) - A new study has found that world’s governments are failing to provide adequate coverage for nature.

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Satellite study identifies water bodies important for biodiversity conservation

Using satellite images to study changing patterns of surface water is a powerful tool for identifying conservationally important "stepping stone" water bodies that could help aquatic species survive in a drying climate, a UNSW-led study shows.

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Rare European duck doing twice as well in protected areas

Populations of smew drakes, which number less than 200 in the UK, are growing twice as fast in Special Protection Areas

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Seoul seeks international support for DMZ park plan

Seoul will seek international support to create an ecological park in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during a conference in Switzerland this week.

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Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area.

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India's tiger population sees 30% increase

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.

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Environment ministry may bar new roads in protected areas

Building new roads and widening existing ones in India’s 619 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries may be barred, with the government accepting most of the recommendations of a panel report.

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How conservation drives villagers to kill animals

SURROUNDED by a wall of fire and angry Tanzanian villagers, the elephants were forced off a cliff some 50 metres high. When the dust settled, six of the herd lay dead. The now jubilant crowd took selfies among the carcasses (see a later photo of the scene).

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South African breeders buck the system

The sale of wildlife to Angolan parks has sparked a row over the spread of species to areas in which they do not occur naturally.

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Madagascar impresses global conservation congress with community-controlled marine protection plans

(Seychelles News Agency) - The president of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, has pledged to triple his country’s marine protected areas and set up a legal framework to defend local communities’ rights to manage their own fishing grounds.

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World’s largest cave in Vietnam threatened by cable car

Vietnamese are protesting plans to build a cable car through remote Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park that could carry 1,000 visitors an hour to Son Doong cave

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Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature

Last month, more than 6,000 government, business, and civil society leaders gathered at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, to discuss the future of protected areas.

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Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park is under threat, conservationists warn

Wildlife including giraffe, rhino and zebra are under pressure from roads, railways, factories and houses

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World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks

AT LEAST 30 PER CENT of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing and mining are banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday.

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World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks

The once-a-decade World Parks Congress concluded in Sydney with a new target to reserve 30 per cent of the world's marine areas in parks where fishing is banned.

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World Parks Congress: why parks are more than just pretty places

The week-long International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress has culminated with a major international agreement to conserve the world’s natural assets, boost investment in climate change and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Nepal in Asia Protected Area Partnership: IUCN

joined the Asia Protected Areas Partnership that aims to promote best practices, share lessons learnt and develop innovative solutions to conserve the protected areas in the region.

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World Parks Congress: call to extend no-take share of marine protected areas

The world's oceans need expanded regions where fishing is barred to help preserve fragile ecosystems and protect them from what one leading biologist dubbed "a silent storm" driven by climate change.

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Making Protected Areas an Integral Part of Development

Working with the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank helped the Brazilian Government implement a series of protected areas that have reversed deforestation in the Amazon and returned benefits to communities.

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Gabon protects 23% of its coastal waters

Gabon has once again made headlines for a bold conservation initiative.

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Global summit seeks to protect biodiverse areas

The World Parks Congress is underway in Sydney. The global gathering, from November 12-19, aims to set the agenda for protecting the most valuable areas on Earth over the next 10 years.

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World on track to meet 2020 goal for protected land, sea, but more work urgently needed – UN

13 November 2014 – While the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions, according to a new United Nations ...

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Conservation report reinforces fears over 'paper parks'

There's a sense of déjà vu at the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney this week, where it was announced that the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas.

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Green List promotes best conservation areas

Conservation groups often highlight species or ecosystems at risk. An effort launched on 14 November turns that approach on its head, seeking for the first time to systematically recognize the world's best-managed protected areas, which offer the most favourable conditions for flora and fauna.

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World Parks Congress in Sydney to tackle weaknesses in conservation

INTERNATIONAL visitors to the World Parks Congress, which starts today in Sydney, may have taken their first close-up look at Australian conservation while they were still in the air.

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Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking: UN

Sydney - Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warned on Thursday.

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Combatting illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University in Australia have found a way to predict illegal fishing activities to help authorities better protect marine reserves.

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Protected Areas Get Short Shrift

Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them, as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions.

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91% of Kenya’s protected areas shrank in 100 years

Only 5 percent of Kenya has major tree cover today, so it might be surprising to learn that it has some of the oldest national parks in the history of the conservation movement. In 1900, after the first landmark international conference of African wildlife in London, the Southern and Northern Ga ...

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China and Russia Said to Block Creation of Antarctic Marine Rese

SYDNEY, Australia — International talks in Australia on establishing two marine reserve areas, each larger than Texas, in the waters around Antarctica ended in failure on Friday, with some delegates to the negotiations saying that China and Russia had resisted the proposals.

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Local communities rise to the forefront of global conservation practice (commentary)

A few weeks ago, a remote aboriginal community in western Australia made headlines when it completed the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) containing over 4.2 million hectares of desert and grassland.

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With drones, satellites, and camera traps proliferating, conservation needs better networking

With scientists rapidly adopting and using a range of remote sensing tools for monitoring environmental change, tracking wildlife and measuring biological processes, conservation needs to scale up networking capabilities to maximize the potential of this technological revolution, argues a commen ...

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Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware

Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest.

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Wildlife Conservation: Protected Areas the Best Bet for Elephants Caught Between Poaching and Human Encounters

Two elephants lost their lives when they came in touch with an electric wire, suspected to be put up by villagers in India's northern West Bengal to protect their paddy crop.

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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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