Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing's Announcement of New Marine Protected Areas made on August 31s, 2015:
Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have declined more than 50 percent over the last 60 years, primarily due to deforestation.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fishermen's leaders have warned the creation of Marine Protected Areas around Scotland's coast could result in a modern-day "clearance" that would devastate small fishing communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 %.
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 ...
A hundred years ago, there were thirteen times as many tigers in the world as there are today,
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
In the Brazilian Amazon, getting back to nature may really be the healthiest option.
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 ...
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.
Madagascar: the world’s “eighth continent” and fourth-largest island; a country that offers both promise and paradox for conservation.
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.
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
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.
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.
A new report on marine conservation efforts says Canada is severely lacking in the quantity and quality of its protection for ocean ecosystems.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’
The UK is to establish the largest marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.
Reserve in Solihull, West Midlands aims to reverse population decline in the prickly animal due to habitat loss
Establishing protected areas in forests is one way to keep deforestation at bay and safeguard biodiversity.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Tanzanian government have launched an ambitious new initiative to protect East Africa's largest population of elephants (Loxodonta Africana).
New research led by University of York scientists highlights how poor connectivity of protected area (PA) networks in Southeast Asia may prevent lowland species from responding to climate change.
Ecuador's mountain forests are a hotspot of rich biodiversity, but many species are threatened by increased deforestation and fragmentation.
Global revenue from tourist visits to protected areas is high enough to allow more of this money to be spent on conservation, a study has found.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains.
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, has announced that Seychelles is all set to become the first country in the world that has implemented a comprehensive spatial plan for its entire ocean territory.
In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas.
Unarmed Black Mambas recruited from local communities are guarding nature reserve inside the Greater Kruger national park
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 ...