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The Great Bear Rainforest, B.C.’s new, giant protected area is a truce between loggers, greens

Twenty years ago, the Great Bear Rainforest was a marketing term used by environmental activists to refer to a massive slice of the British Columbian coast destined for the lumber mill.

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Landmark deal to protect Canada Great Bear Rainforest

Indigenous tribes, timber firms and environmental groups in western Canada have welcomed a deal to protect one of the world's largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest.

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Feds expand protected habitat for right whales along East Coast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it plans to expand designated critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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Photos reveal that protecting animal habitats is improving biodiversity

For nearly a decade, scientists have used motion-triggered cameras to capture animals living in protected areas around the world.

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Yaguas National Park, another great attempt at conservation in Peru

Much is known and has been studied about the rampant deforestation in Madre de Dios due to illegal mining and logging. The destruction of primary forest in Peru’s Amazon region has left in its wake degraded soils and mercury contamination, as well as the irreversible loss of ecosystems on which ...

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Tropical forest protected areas can protect biodiversity

Biodiversity in tropical forest protected areas may be faring better than previously thought, according to a study publishing in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on January 19th.

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A new reserve for the world’s smallest deer

The Ecuadorian government recently approved a new nature reserve in Carchi Province near the Colombian border, providing a meaningful victory for activists and locals who spent almost 14 years advocating for its creation.

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Say cheese for science: Camera traps show how habitat protection aids biodiversity

Researchers have some good news for the animals struggling to survive in the world’s tropical forests: Setting aside habitat for their protection does more to protect biodiversity than scientists had realized.

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Marine protected areas around the world do not support corals and fish: researchers

Marine protected areas around the world are failing to protect most of the evolutionary diversity of the world's coral and fish, a new study has found.

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Protection of marine areas to be based on science, Hunter Tootoo says

Arctic-born fisheries minister says Canada will make good on international agreement on coastal waters

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Assessing nature's carbon sinks

Protected areas such as rainforests occupy more than one-tenth of the Earth's landscape, and provide invaluable ecosystem services, from erosion control to pollination to biodiversity preservation. They also draw heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store it in plants and s ...

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Experts say environment, community balance needed to protect Nunavut coast

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has promised to designate 10 per cent of Canada's oceans as marine protected areas, but in Nunavut, which sits on the Arctic Ocean, that means balancing environmental concerns with the needs of Inuit communities.

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Marine protected areas failing to conserve biodiversity

Despite a rapid increase in the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) globally in the last ten years, majority have not succeeded in conserving marine biodiversity. Blame it on states for not taking appropriate measures to carry proper conservation, says a study led by Australian scientists th ...

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Open borders make way for pollution in Myanmar

Researchers warn that Myanmar's Mergui archipelago should be made a protected area before the signs of human-caused pollution reach its unspoiled waters.

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What Are We Actually Protecting In The Ocean?

One of the great recent success stories in conservation is the rapid increase in the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs). Since 2006, there has been a staggering growth of 10 million km2 of new MPAs globally, a nearly four-fold increase over the past decade.

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Pacific Islands’ Marine Reserve: Safe Haven for Depleted Tuna and New Holiday Spot

KOROR, Palau, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - President Tommy Remengesau Jr. of the Pacific island nation of Palau has cemented a legacy as the world’s most effective protector of marine life by creating a giant marine reserve that will directly benefit his people through increasing tourism and securing its ...

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Four new protected marine areas proposed in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is to get four new protected marine areas to conserve important habitats and species, including one of the slowest growing shellfish in the world.

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What Is Driving The Loss Of Protected Areas?

The larger the protected area, the more likely it is to experience downgrading, downsizing and degazettement.

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From conservation refugees to natural allies

New national parks often mean that people, who have lived on the lands for generations are forced to leave. Authorities use economic incentives to gain their support but understanding their culture may be more important.

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Existing marine protected areas ineffective; 17,000 marine species under-protected

Marine species are grossly under-protected, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. Moreover, existing marine protected areas (MPAs) are insufficient and ineffective in protecting the world’s marine species, researchers found.

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Wild things return to Angkor Wat

Decades poachers stripped the forests surrounding Angkor Wat of large mammals, an innovative conservation group is bringing them back.

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Natural systems vs ad hoc interventions in conservation

A comprehensive study at the initiative of the Wildlife Society of India (WSC) finds that large herbivores like elephants living in the wild have an instinctive preference to natural waterbodies than artificially created waterholes.

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Private Nature Reserves in Latin America Seek a Bigger Role

PUNTA LEONA, Costa Rica , Nov 20 2015 (IPS) - Private voluntary nature reserves in Latin America should be seen as allies in policies on the environment, climate change mitigation and the preservation of biological diversity in rainforests, say experts.

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Ocean protections drift behind those on land, but science can help

A hodgepodge of laws protects roughly 15 percent of Earth’s land, but safeguards for the ocean lag behind. Today, laws shelter a meager 3.6 percent of the planet’s liquid blue surface. But a recent position paper in Science says lawmakers are beginning to close the gap.

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The Holy Trinity: how Wakatobi’s coral stays healthy and diverse

The world-renowned diving destination of Wakatobi is one of Indonesia’s oldest and best-supported marine protected areas.

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Africa’s oldest national park now under new threat

WWF today is warning of renewed danger to Virunga National Park from oil exploitation. The organization is urging governments to cancel two concessions posing a risk to the World Heritage site, and is cautioning multinational enterprises against their involvement.

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Three urgent steps for better protected areas

A group of scientists have developed a three-point plan to ensure the world's protected areas meet new biodiversity targets set by the 193 signatory nations of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD). They recognize that part of the current failure of the protected areas to stop the decli ...

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Peru protects vast 'Yellowstone of the Amazon'

The new, 3.3 million-acre national park is larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined. It also preserves key habitat for thousands of native species and stores huge amounts of CO2.

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Tiny Island Nation's Enormous New Ocean Reserve is Official

An island nation in the Pacific Ocean that's smaller than New York City has created an ocean reserve that's bigger than California.

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Biggest Protected Area in the World

How wild will the future be? Today, the World Database on Protected Areas estimates that 15.4% of earth's lands and 8.4% of the waters of the world are in some formal protection system (Juffe-Bignoli, D. et al. 2014. Protected Planet Report 2014. UNEP-WCMC). But do the current systems protect th ...

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World’s protected forests lost 3 percent of their tree cover in 13 years

Forests around the world are whittled away as trees are felled for lumber, land is cleared for agriculture, and fires ravage landscapes.

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Cuba forges links with United States to save sharks

Cuba is surrounded by sharks. Fishermen catch them, residents eat them and, increasingly, tourists are coming to see them. Now the island nation is gearing up to manage them, and its efforts are bolstering a nascent environmental partnership with the United States.

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The Pacific Is About to Get a Massive New Ocean Reserve

A tiny island country in the western Pacific Ocean that's smaller than New York City has approved the creation of an enormous marine reserve that's bigger than the U.S. state of California.

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More of the planet was protected in 2015 than ever. Few noticed because it was underwater

The Pacific island nation of Palau’s announced Thursday that it is designating a 193,000-square-mile fully protected marine reserve that would be the sixth largest such area in the world and would help protect over a thousand species of fish and some 700 species of coral.

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Cuba launches shark protection plan

The Cuban government has launched a long-term plan to protect shark populations around its shores.

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Palau approves huge Pacific marine sanctuary

Tiny archipelago seeks to create world’s sixth-largest area to be fully protected from fishing or drilling

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Bahamas Expand Marine Protected Areas by more than 3 Million Hectares

More than 10% of the Bahamas' marine and coastal ecosystems will be protected

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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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