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How ‘protected’ are the Amazon’s protected areas?

Brazil houses nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest and one-third of all the tropical forest left on the planet — forest that represents 30 percent of the solution to climate change.

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Conserving Madagascar's forest of hope

Developing the confidence of local communities and a BirdLife Partner to work together to protect their environment has brought encouraging changes for nature and people.

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Eco-marine conservation project a boost to tourism and fishing industry

MIRI: The RM8 million Petronas-Sarawak Forestry Eco-Marine Conservation project at Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park in northern Sarawak will be a shot in the arm for tourism and the fishing community in Miri.

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Ugandans told to treasure national parks

MBARARA, UGANDA - President Yoweri Museveni has asked local governments bordering national parks to support conservation agencies such as Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA).

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Future of Antarctic marine protected areas at risk

Antarctica's surrounding waters are home to some of the healthiest marine ecosystems on Earth and support thriving populations of krill, seabirds, fish and whales.

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Community-led marine reserve sees lobsters thrive

The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size.

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Size matters: Tigers survive better in larger areas, research says

The probability of survival of the big cats in protected areas even as big as 540 square km is barely 40%, and almost 85% of their protected areas in tropical dry forests are smaller

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See a rare West African conservation success story

Shifting mindsets have allowed people living around Senegal's Sine-Saloum Delta – and visitors – to get the most of its lush, life-giving environment

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High Stakes on the High Seas: A Call for International Reserves

Marine protected areas in national waters have proven successful in helping depleted fish stocks to recover

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Chile creates largest marine park in Southeast Pacific

An area that includes the islands of San Félix and San Ambrosio — also known as the Desventuradas — is now officially protected.

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Bison report card shows gains in conservation efforts

Bison conservation across North American is steadily moving in the right direction, according to a 10-year report card released Tuesday by the American Bison Society in Banff, Alta.

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Optimization technique identifies cost-effective biodiversity corridors

A new optimization technique could help conservation biologists choose the most cost-effective ways of connecting isolated populations of rare, threatened and endangered species living in protected areas.

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Scientists discover half of Asia's protected areas too small for snow leopard survival

A new scientific report has confirmed that the snow leopard is running out of room to survive, with nearly 40% of all protected areas across the species' range too small to support even a pair of breeding snow leopards.

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Proposed marine protected areas concern Nova Scotia fishermen

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to double the number of marine protected areas around Nova Scotia next year

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$48 million fund to help expand marine protected areas

At the ongoing U.S. State Department’s Our Ocean 2016 Conference, in Washington, D.C., the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Waitt Foundation, the blue moon fund (bmf), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), together announced a commitment of $48 million to expand and improve marine p ...

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Private lands within B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest donated for conservation

A vast tract of pristine waterfront within British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest has been donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, filling in part of a patchwork of conservation efforts in the prized wilderness.

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UK to ban fishing from a million square kilometres of ocean

Government creates marine protected areas around four islands in the Pacific and Atlantic, with commercial fishing banned in some areas

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Saving Africa's elephants isn't just a 'white man's job'

Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu leads a new generation of Africans who are taking control of their environmental future

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Largest marine reserve opens amid controversy

The world’s largest ocean research and protection area, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, was launched in Hawaii on 31 August amid criticisms of its impact on trade and fishing innovation.

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Protected areas are effective conservation tools, but even they can’t keep out rising temperatures

Protected areas have emerged as a key conservation tool for curbing deforestation and preserving Earth’s biodiversity. But even they can’t keep out rising global temperatures. So how much will that limit their effectiveness?

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UN cultural agency hails creation of world’s largest marine protected area

29 August 2016 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii.

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Transforming Conservation in China with ‘Land Trust Reserves’

In 2012 in China, the 27,325-acre Laohegou Land Trust Reserve, was designed to link several existing reserves in Sichuan’s Pingwu County—home to golden snub-nosed monkeys, Asian golden cats and the highest density of endangered giant pandas in the world.

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The problem of preserving India’s forests

As tourists continue to pursue animal sightings, are other types of conservation being overlooked?

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National parks must be for people, plants, pumas - not Big Oil

Huge swathe of new “protected natural area” in Peru’s Amazon is included within an oil and gas concession run by Canadian company

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Indonesia declares national park in top palm oil-producing province

A wildlife reserve and surrounding areas on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra were declared the country’s newest national park on Friday, part of the festivities for World Environment Day.

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The Emerging Role of Asia in Wildlife Conservation Practice

The practice of solving conservation problems for wildlife has presented more and varied challenges for researchers and practitioners in Asia, especially over the last quarter century. While human populations have grown, lands available for wildlife have steadily decreased and habitats have been ...

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Campaigners seek to reintroduce Eurasian lynx to parts of Britain

Charity begins local consultation on plan to introduce 10 Eurasian lynxes back into wild in north of England and southern Scotland

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Tun Mustapha Park, 12 times the size of S'pore, will play key role in ecotourism, conservation

KUDAT (Sabah) • Malaysia has launched its biggest marine protected area off Sabah, known for its teeming biodiversity and home to endangered dugongs and green turtles.

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Open for comment: Darnley Bay marine protected area closer to reality

The federal government is inviting the public to comment on a plan to create a marine protected area north of Paulatuk, N.W.T. — an area almost half the size of Prince Edward Island.

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New railway threatens Nairobi’s unique urban wildlife park

The rhinoceros stands in the tall grass, as oblivious to our vehicle as he is to the soaring city skyline just a few kilometres away. I am on a mini-safari to Nairobi National Park, the only nature reserve in the world within the boundaries of a capital city.

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Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas announced

Good news for endangered Maltese seabirds! The national government has given Malta its first eight marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) specifically for birds.

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Cambodia declares first-ever marine protected area

Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved the country’s first-ever marine protected area in the waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago.

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Controversial park plans in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve

You hear them before you see them. It’s a frog-like croaking, coming from the treetops below as the sky begins to fill with light. The jungle goes on for as far as the eye can see from up here at the top of El Tigre, a temple in the ancient Mayan city of Mirador.

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Private conservation area in northern Peru will protect 30 percent of region’s montane forests

Nature and Culture International (NCI) has announced the creation of a 66,954-acre protected area in northern Peru, the Chicuate Chinguelas Private Conservation Area.

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Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?

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Russia dragging heels on creation of Antarctic conservation zone

A major diplomatic effort is under way to persuade Russia to agree to a conservation zone in the Ross Sea, a stretch of water in Antarctica that is home to large populations of whales and penguins as well as dozens of species of fish.

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Inuit supporting Nunavut marine park applaud Shell’s oil-lease donation

Following Shell Canada’s announcement to voluntarily surrender its rights to a swath of exploratory oil-gas permits near Lancaster Sound June 8, Nunavummiut were quick to applaud the gesture which clears the way for an expanded national marine conservation park in one of the Arctic’s most precio ...

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Peru: Over 1.8 million tourists to visit natural protected areas in 2016

Lima, Jun. 2. Peru's well-preserved natural protected areas have enabled the country to exceed expectations on sustainable tourism, the State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) announced.

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Cambodia declares new national park, plans to reintroduce tigers

Over the past 15 years, Cambodia has lost enough tree cover to fill the U.S. state of Connecticut as forests are logged and agroindustries clear land for rubber and other commodity plantations.

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Elephants could vanish from one of Africa's key reserves within six years

Elephant populations in Tanzania’s Selous national park could collapse unless poaching and mining are urgently controlled, say WWF

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North America far off from ocean preservation targets, report finds

Mexico, Canada and US collaborate on report that concludes the three nations will have to dramatically ramp up efforts to reach 10% protection goal

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Malaysia just established a one million hectare marine park

Malaysia has just established the biggest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as we ...

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Tanzania: Livestock From Kenya, Uganda Ordered Out

Arusha — More than five million livestock that found their way into Tanzania should be sent back to either Kenya or Uganda where they are reported to come from before June 15, the government has ordered.

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Glowing review of Indigenous protected areas leaves sector proud but perplexed

Report commissioned by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet should have been ‘free kick for Coalition’ but was published without announcement

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Funding a global nature reserve network

When conservation scientists look around the world at the state of wild ecosystems, what they see is tragedy. In much of the world, remaining natural ecosystems are being degraded and destroyed.

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How safe does protected status keep the world's national parks?

It’s the saddest truism in wildlife conservation: When politicians announce that they are setting aside precious habitat “in perpetuity”, what they really mean is until somebody else wants the land.

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Cambodia declares protected area in hotly contested Prey Lang forest

A landmark decision by Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen could see almost a million hectares of forest reclassified as protected areas in a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.

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David Attenborough unveils UK's newest nature reserve in east London

Britain’s threatened birds including kingfishers, bitterns and Cetti warblers find a refuge in Woodberry Wetlands, once a barren wasteland

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How Nations Are Chipping Away at Their Protected Lands

It’s the saddest truism in wildlife conservation: When politicians announce that they are setting aside precious habitat “in perpetuity,” what they really mean is until somebody else wants the land.

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UNDP to Intensify Frontline Wildlife Conservation Efforts in Africa

To help African countries protect their wildlife, UNDP jointly with partners is beginning to programme USD 60 million to support frontline conservation efforts.

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