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New protected areas announced for seabirds in Portugal

Good news for seabird conservation in Portugal, as the country's government approves the designation of two new Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

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Conservation groups buy land from 109 coffee farmers, create reserve for rare salamanders

It’s good news for two of the world’s rarest salamanders: Finca Chiblac salamander (Bradytriton silus) and the long-limbed salamander (Nyctanolis pernix).

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Chile to create one of world's largest marine parks around Easter Island

Plans put forward by the local people will ban fishing in over 600,000 sq km of the Pacific ocean

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New reserves in Colombia protect endangered species in a ‘Pleistocene refuge’

Two new cloud forest reserves in the Colombian Andes have been established to protect a number of rare, endangered species, including the Silvery-brown bare-face tamarin (Saguinus leucopus), a monkey found nowhere else in the world.

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Scientists measure effectiveness of marine conservation

The University of Guam Marine Laboratory leads the way in research to demonstrate how scientists help managers measure the effectiveness of marine conservation efforts.

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Google aids in elephant conservation

As elephant poaching in Africa by organised crime gangs using high-tech equipment rises, those working to stop their extinction in the wild have turned to technology too.

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China's panda protections are helping other species too

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Trickle-down economics may be bunk, but new research suggests trickle-down conservation is real and working -- at least in China.

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Chile plans world's biggest marine park to protect Easter Island fish stocks

Local people say way of life is under threat from industrial vessels, and see plan as chance to protect environment and repair relations with mainland

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Protected areas only work if they include what threatened species need

The Tucuman Parrot (Amazona tucumana) is found only on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia and Argentina, in a region known as the Southern Yungas forest.

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Threatened wallaby species gets a lifeline thanks to Indigenous rangers

Three-year program to monitor and sustain an isolated population of black-flanked rock wallabies in Western Australia has started to bear fruit

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Bahamas announces New Marine Protected Areas

Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing's Announcement of New Marine Protected Areas made on August 31s, 2015:

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Sarawak pledges to protect its last remaining orangutans

Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have declined more than 50 percent over the last 60 years, primarily due to deforestation.

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The world’s largest tropical forest conservation programme – ARPA – reaches 99% of its goal

The Amazon Regional Protected Areas Programme – known as ARPA – is the world’s largest tropical forest conservation programme. Launched in 2002 by the Brazilian government in partnership with WWF and others, its goal was to take 60 m ha of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and turn into a combinat ...

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Natura 2000: EU Reserves Are Facing Development Pressures

An astonishing 18 percent of the European Union’s land area is protected under a network of preserves known as Natura 2000. Now, at the urging of business interests and farmers, the EU is examining whether regulations on development in these areas should be loosened.

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In Africa, good fences make for safe species

NAIROBI – African countries are often criticized for failing to meet their environmental challenges. Observers often cite loss of habitat in the face of population growth, land degradation and industrialization.

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Peru and Ecuador sign action plan for protected areas

Peru and Ecuador officially signed the 2015-2016 Action Plan of Network for Binational Management of Protected Natural Areas in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, according to Andina news agency.

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Bold move to conserve Sumatran forest

One of the last places on Earth where Sumatran elephants, tigers and orangutans coexist in the wild has received long-term protection. The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry approved a conservation concession – a lease of the land – covering 40,000 hectares of forest on the island of Sumatra.

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Record-breaking number of European citizens call to protect nature

Almost half a million people are calling on the European Commission to save Europe's nature laws – by far the highest number of responses to a public consultation ever reached in the history of the European Union.

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Reversing the Red Sand Tide: A Call for New Solutions to Land Degradation

Protected areas are a bright spot in the management of Madagascar’s natural resources, and play a strategic role in the country’s economy and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.

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Conservation involves much more than reducing deforestation

Creating protected areas that focus on maximising ecosystem services rather than minimising deforestation may be the key to reducing poverty or enhancing the environment in the affected communities, a new study argues.

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Canada trailing peers in meeting land preservation goals: report

Five years after Canada joined nearly 200 other countries in committing to set aside a significant swath of its landscape for ecological preservation, it lags behind almost every other developed nation in meeting those goals.

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Biodiversité : le Canada à la traîne, dénonce un groupe environnemental

Les engagements ont été pris il y a cinq ans, à Nagoya, au Japon. Depuis, le Canada ne protège toujours qu'environ 10 % de son territoire, alors que la moyenne mondiale est de 15 %.

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Identidad Madidi: Exploring the Fantastic Biodiversity of Bolivia

It’s an idea that was four years in the making: to send a group of Bolivian scientists to investigate fourteen different habitats spanning 6,000 meters – from the Andes down to the Amazon – in what is the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. Identidad Madidi, expected to take a year and ...

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Big reserve expansion gives tigers a boost in India

A hundred years ago, there were thirteen times as many tigers in the world as there are today,

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The Kenyan elephant reserve that's fighting back against poachers

Conservation efforts in Amboseli national park offer hope in the battle to protect Africa’s big beasts from ivory poachers – but tackling demand for ivory is still crucial to long-term success

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Protecting Land in Brazil Reduces Malaria and Other Diseases

In the Brazilian Amazon, getting back to nature may really be the healthiest option.

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EAC gets new biodiversity observatory

The observatory will provide relevant data and information that will enhance planning, policy, and decision-making. It will support effective protected area management and biodiversity conservation within the region, in line with the mandate of the environmental sector of the EAC that is to prom ...

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A Prince Battles to Save Gorillas Amid Brutal Conflict

Emmanuel de Merode, director and chief warden of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was driving through the forest last year when three men stepped out of the shadows and opened fire. He escaped—but only after being seriously injured.

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Expedition Madagascar: Conserving Coral Reefs with Community Conservation

Madagascar: the world’s “eighth continent” and fourth-largest island; a country that offers both promise and paradox for conservation.

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Study shows wildlife density data better predicts conservation success

A recent study published in the journal Conservation Biology makes a strong case for a new approach to conservation planning that uses much more robust data sets in order to better protect birds, plants, and animals.

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SA gets two new biosphere reserves

Cape Town - South Africa is home to two brand new biosphere reserves after both Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve and the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve were recognised by Unesco this week

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Proposed deal to preserve large swaths of B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest

The last land parcels of the Great Bear Rainforest have been identified, clearing the way for an extraordinary pact between the forest industry, First Nations, the province and a coalition of environmental organizations to be finalized by September.

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Gorillas in Rwanda: the world's greatest conservation success?

There was a moment, during the 65 minutes I spent with a family of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, when I felt like a boulder in a stream.

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Policies on marine protection areas woefully inadequate: CPAWS report

A new report on marine conservation efforts says Canada is severely lacking in the quantity and quality of its protection for ocean ecosystems.

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Majority of EU species have unfavourable conservation status

Nature policy works when implemented well. The health of our natural environment is a key component of our health and wealth, but our recent assessments show that the majority of habitats and species in Europe have an unfavourable conservation status despite significant improvements for many spe ...

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Ensuring that protected areas are more than "paper parks"

Protected areas are the cornerstone to prevent species extinctions. The Convention on Biological Diversity have set a target to protect 17% of all terrestrial land by 2020.

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Serengeti Park disappearing

A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape

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India plans more tiger reserves on the back of jump in numbers

India is planning to create three more tiger reserves in the country, environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced in the parliament on Tuesday. The development comes in the wake of a recent survey that showed that the tiger population is rising.

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Conservation from 5,000 feet

VIENNA, April 14 (UPI) -- It's not enough to simply classify a large swath of habitat as protected. Conservation requires regularly monitoring, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology say.

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Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation

CHITWAN, Nepal, Apr 11 2015 (IPS) - At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility.

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Declining great apes of Central Africa get new action plan for conservation for the next decade

The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease, combined with a widespread lack of law enforcement and corruption in the judicial process, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservati ...

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Where the wild things aren’t: study says U.S. protected lands aren’t where most biodiversity is found

The United States has one of the oldest, best-established park systems in the world. But what if those public lands -- mostly created to preserve scenic natural wonders -- are in the wrong place to conserve the lion’s share of the nation’s unique biodiversity?

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'Black Mambas' on South African rhino patrol

Poachers are depleting the elephant, tiger and rhino population. In a nature reserve in Greater Kruger National Park, unarmed women are fighting the illicit wildlife trade - and male skepticism.

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Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times'

Long-term study in the reef’s marine park finds an 80% difference in the biomass of coral trout between areas where fishing is allowed and no-go zones

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Indonesia's biodiversity-protected areas no match for encroachers, finds study

Indonesia's biodiversity-focused protected areas are failing to slow deforestation, while other categories have achieved mixed results, according to a new study by National University of Singapore researchers.

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Africa’s Conservation Miracle: The Return of the Rhinos

Habitat destruction. That’s almost always the answer to a question of wildlife conservation. Why has this species declined? Why has that species gone extinct? Because the place where it lives is being or has been destroyed.

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Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists

Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’

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Budget 2015: Pitcairn Islands get huge marine reserve

The UK is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

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UK's first hedgehog conservation area planned

Reserve in Solihull, West Midlands aims to reverse population decline in the prickly animal due to habitat loss

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Biodiversity protected areas in Indonesia ineffective in preventing deforestation

Establishing protected areas in forests is one way to keep deforestation at bay and safeguard biodiversity.

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