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Easter Island votes for world’s newest marine reserve

Stone heads loom in the imagination of most people when they think of Easter Island. Known as Rapa Nui to its inhabitants, who also go by the name Rapa Nui as a people, the island sits in a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) west of Chile. Like the mysterious ston ...

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Conserving our planet, hectare by hectare

Scientists and policymakers agree that we need to step up efforts to conserve biodiversity. We need to move beyond legally protected areas, and we need to engage as many actors as possible from different economic sectors.

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Government weighs doubling of protected areas over next few years

India’s environment ministry is considering doubling the number of protected areas such as national parks and wildlife sanctuaries from the current 729 over the next few years.

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Safeguarding biodiversity - José Herrera

Malta is adorned with diverse characteristics when defining our identity, one of which is certainly biodiversity. However, this is often misinterpreted, and many compare Malta’s biodiversity to that of continental Europe, where the habitats, species and climatic regime are different.

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WWF to pilot use of drones in wildlife monitoring in Zambia

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will soon pilot a project on the use of drones for wildlife monitoring in Zambia. The project is aimed at enabling wildlife authorities in the southern African nation to better detect and respond to poaching and other threats in its protected areas.

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10 million acres added to Chile’s national park system

Yesterday, as a herd of guanacos grazed in the distance, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared, “With these beautiful lands, their forests, their rich ecosystems, [we] expand the network of parks to more than 10 million acres. Thus, national parklands in Chile will increase by 38.5% to ac ...

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Antarctica's Weddell Sea 'deserves protected status'

A submersible mission in Antarctic waters has revealed unique ecosystems so rare they deserve special protection, say scientists.

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From hunting to hiking: biggest threats to protected areas identified

Hunting wild animals for food and recreational sports like hiking and mountain biking pose the two biggest threats to the world's protected areas, a new study shows.

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Conserving our biodiversity—priorities for well-connected protected areas

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, has measured progress and shortfalls in the connectivity of protected areas in countries across the world, identifying the main priorities to sustain or improve connectivity in each country.

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World's largest marine reserve created in Antarctica

The largest marine reserve in the world has come into effect in Antarctica, marking a "watershed" moment in conservation of the high seas. The newly protected area in the Ross Sea covers 1.55 million square kilometres (600,000 square miles) of what is among the last remaining stretches of ocean ...

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Québec announces its intention to create a vast protected area 21 times the size of the Island of Montréal

The extensive Caribous-Forestiers-de-Manouane-Manicouagan protected area will be created on the Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean territories. The announcement was made today by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Isabelle Melançon, ...

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Mexico creates the largest marine protected area in North America

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree creating a massive marine reserve, spanning 57,000 square miles around the four Revillagigedo Islands—a volcanic archipelago 240 miles southwest of the Baja Peninsula. The reserve is the largest marine protected area yet created in North Am ...

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Pledge to conserve biodiversity by setting up marine protected areas

Sindh Livestock and Fisheries Department Secretary Sohail Akbar Shah has stressed the need to develop and implement a broad-based fisheries policy, which is mandatory for accelerated development of the fisheries sector in Sindh.

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Canada to double protected areas

Having met its target of protecting five per cent of its marine and coastal areas by the end of 2017, Canada is well on its way to meeting its target of 10 per cent by 2020. How, and through what channels the government will do this, are still very much undetermined.

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Scientists plan to map a ‘safety net’ for Planet Earth

The mapping effort aims to identify the most critical terrestrial regions to protect as we work towards the goal of conserving 50 per cent of the world’s land area.

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Study provides photo evidence of snow leopards in Arunacha

A study about snow leopards in Arunachal Pradesh has yielded photographic evidence of the presence of the elusive species in the Thembang area of the north-eastern state.

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Marine reefs and caves to be proposed for EU protection

Two types of habitats, reefs and caves, are to form the basis of proposals for further protected marine areas, bringing Malta in line with EU requirements for the Natura 2000 marine network.

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Arabian Oryx reintroduction programme is success

Abu Dhabi: An aerial survey of the Arabian Oryx Protected Area conducted by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) has recorded 835 individual oryx. This has validated the success of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Programme, which was launched in 2007 with the introduc ...

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80% of Bornean orangutans live outside protected areas

Four fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, live outside national parks and other protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government.

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The Rhinos of Kaziranga, Floods of the Brahmaputra, and the Politics of Assam

A rhino floundering through flood water, nostrils and eyes just visible over the flood line, has become an iconic symbol of Kaziranga. Each year, the Brahmaputra river floods during the monsoon, inundating the state of Assam. People are displaced, wildlife scatters and infrastructure is destroye ...

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See What It Takes to Move 500 Elephants

In late July, wildlife managers in Malawi finished a two-year project that involved moving 520 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to their new home in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The hope is that the transplanted pachyderms will help solve conservation problems in ...

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Protected marine areas face multiple threats

These threats are exacerbated by poor co-coordination between State agencies and local administrations. This critical situation was highlighted at the National Seminar on Management Effectiveness Evaluation held in the central city of Da Nang on July 14. Representatives from 16 MPAs and several ...

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Study: Biodiversity poorly protected by conservation areas worldwide

Sorting out where to create parks, reserves and other protected areas typically involves looking for spots with high densities of different species of animals. But, according to a new global study, that approach falls short of safeguarding mammal biodiversity.

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Brac cliffs nominated for protection

The cliff faces of Cayman Brac have been nominated to be protected areas under the National Conservation Law. The cliffs’ “striking and natural visual appeal is matched by an astonishing diversity of natural life,” according to the nomination submitted to Cabinet by the National Conservation Cou ...

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Namibia: Bid to Protect Marine Areas Outside National Jurisdictions

The Abidjan Convention has called on all its member states to be part of the ongoing negotiations towards establishing a global legally-binding agreement aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of the marine biodiversity areas beyond national jurisdiction.

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Canada should protect 30 percent of its oceans: UN environment observer

The world's largest environmental network says Canada falls far short of protecting its marine resources compared to other developed countries.

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New marine protected area designated in Costa Rica

International days, such as World Oceans Day earlier this month, are vitally important for raising awareness of topics such as marine biodiversity. But in Costa Rica this year, not only was awareness raised but a key action was taken –the government announced the designation of the Área Marina d ...

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Protecting biodiversity

In a first major policy step towards protection and conservation of marine life, Astola Island- a major biodiversity hotspot and the largest island along Pakistan’s coast- was declared the other day country’s first marine protected area.

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Seychelles Revising Legislation for Protected Areas - New Areas to Be Designated

Seychelles is revising legislation used to design, classify and manage its protected areas, and all parties involved in the process gave their input at the presentation of the first draft on Wednesday

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UN Announces 23 New Nature Reserves While U.S. Removes 17

New UNESCO Biosphere Reserves protect sites across the world, while the U.S. and Bulgaria withdraw sites from the well-known program.

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South Africa: Garden Route Declared a Biosphere Reserve

Pretoria — Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

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ASTOLA ISLAND, the first marine protected area of Pakistan

The declaration of MPAs is an international obligation of the Federal Government under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Aichi Biodiversity (ABD) Target No. 11. Agreed in 2010, the ABDs call for member countries to declare at least 10% of their coastal and marine areas as MPAs, espe ...

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The central African nation of Gabon announced Monday the creation of Africa’s largest network of marine protected areas, home to a diverse array of threatened marine life, including the largest breeding populations of leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles and 20 species of dolphins and whales.

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Turning Tides

Covering more than 70% of our earth’s surface and home to 700 thousand to two million species, the ocean is the lifeblood of our planet. Besides bringing a sense of serenity through the gentle - albeit sometimes roaring - rhythm of its waves, the deep blue employs millions of workers, feeds bill ...

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St. Anns Bank off Cape Breton designated as protected area by DFO

Six years after being selected as an area of interest for a Marine Protected Area (MPA), St. Anns Bank off Cape Breton Island has been declared an MPA to conserve and protect the habitats and species in the area, including the endangered leatherback turtle.

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World Oceans Day: Canada announces a new marine protected area

In a well-timed announcement today on World Oceans Day, the federal government announced it was declaring another ocean area as a Marine Protected Area (MPA).A year ago the Canadian government announced its intention to increase marine and coastal protected areas by 5 per cent by 2017, and ten p ...

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Myanmar designates first marine areas protected by local fishing communities

Myanmar Department of Fisheries celebrates World Oceans Day by designating Myanmar's first Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs).

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Fiji's commitment to marine managed areas

The Government of Fiji has made a commitment to gazette two large Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) within Fiji's Vatu-i-Ra Seascape -- a highly diverse and productive area vital to both people and wildlife alike.

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Ali Bongo announces creation of 20 marine protected areas in Gabon

President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced on Monday, in a speech delivered at the United Nations headquarters, that his government has created a network of 20 marine protected areas in Gabon, consisting of nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of Gabon’s territorial waters.

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Protected areas in ocean key tool against climate change

Having more areas of the ocean that are protected from fishing, mining and tourism can be an important tool in the fight against climate change, international researchers said Monday.

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SA to expand marine protected areas by 24 new sites

South Africa will expand its marine protected areas by 24 new sites while expanding its scientific research as part of the Indian Ocean Rim Expedition. That was among the commitments delivered to the United Nations Oceans Conference underway in New York by Environment Minister Edna Molewa.

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Gabon pledges ‘massive’ protected network for oceans

Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and fish living off the coast of Gabon now enjoy similar protections to those designed to safeguard the Central African nation’s gorillas, elephants and other land-dwelling megafauna.On June 5 at the UN Ocean Conference in New York City, the country’s president, Ali ...

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Is the tide turning for oceans?

Establishing marine protected areas could be a key means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and curbing climate impacts

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Ocean Currents Push Mainland Pollution to Remote Islands

Marine protected areas, set up to conserve marine ecosystems and species, accumulate pollutants swept in from mainland shores by ocean currents.

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Study: Targeted conservation could protect more of Earth’s biodiversity

A new study finds that major gains in global biodiversity can be achieved if an additional 5% of land is set aside to protect key species.

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Industry has too much sway in Marine Protected Areas, says scientist

After a decade of deliberation, an ecologically sensitive area in the Laurentian Channel in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is entering the final stage of Marine Protected Area (MPA) status approval.

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Caribbean Makes Strides With Marine Protected Areas

THE CARIBBEAN has, in recent months, made progress on the protection of marine areas vital to the sustainability of the region's tourism product.They include a new sister sanctuary agreement signed between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Government of the Netherlands ...

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‘Who wants to go for holiday to see large clear-cuts?’: Slovakia turns against its national parks

The largest member of the grouse family, the capercaillie, is losing ground in the Carpathian Mountains. A recent study published in the journal of Landscape Ecology found that suitable habitat for capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) – an iconic member of the grouse family – has decreased by roughly ...

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New plan for Seychelles set to protect against over-exploitation of waters

Seychelles has started the planning phase of a project that will propose new areas for marine protection and sustainable use of the island nation’s waters.

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Slight bumps in protected areas could be a boon for biodiversity

Sometimes small changes in the right place can make a big difference. That’s what a team of scientists found when they looked at how parks, sanctuaries and reserves might better protect the birds and mammals that inhabit them.In a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, lead author ...

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