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Notification
#3194
2022-10-11

Workshop on indicators of the effectiveness of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (31 October and 2 November 2022); Webinar on Ecological Connectivity - Insights for post-2020 indicators (31 October 2022)

Reference: SCBD/IMS/NP/JC/MC/90585 (2022-063)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA National Focal Points, PoWPA Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and relevant organizations

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#135492
2022-07-27

Marine protected areas celebrated for safeguarding SA’s biodiversity

Cape Town - Following the success of the first Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Day, celebrated last year on August 1, numerous environmental and conservation groups were stressing the importance of MPAs in South Africa and their role in protecting ocean ecosystems while also raising awareness for t ...

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#135366
2022-07-20

Africa Protected Areas Congress puts spotlight on protection and conservation of biodiversity

The first-ever Africa Protected Areas Congress has convened in in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature.

News Headlines
#134968
2022-06-14

Mobilizing communities trumps penalties in protecting seascapes: study

Conservationists have long recognised the significance of engaging locals in safeguarding the ecosystems they live off, but assessing those relationships can be hard because of time and resource constraints.

News Headlines
#134819
2022-06-02

Protecting 30% of global lands could benefit biodiversity and climate change: Study

The study released by Science Advances says at least 1,000 species could benefit from protecting 30% of global lands by 2030.

News Headlines
#134820
2022-06-02

Gains in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services from the expansion of the planet’s protected areas

Protected areas safeguard biodiversity, ensure ecosystem functioning, and deliver ecosystem services to communities. However, only ~16% of the world’s land area is under some form of protection, prompting international calls to protect at least 30% by 2030.

News Headlines
#134867
2022-06-02

Nearly half of planet’s land in need of ‘conservation attention’ to halt biodiversity crisis

Almost half the planet’s land surface needs extra conservation protection if the biodiversity crisis is to be halted, a major new study has found.

News Headlines
#134770
2022-05-31

Fishing industry still ‘bulldozing’ seabed in 90% of UK marine protected areas

More than 90% of Britain’s offshore marine protected areas are still being bottom-trawled and dredged, two years after analysis of the extent of destructive fishing exposed them as “paper parks”, according to data shared with the Guardian.

News Headlines
#134794
2022-05-31

For 20 years, Comoros had only 1 national park. It’s now creating 5 more

Before the inhabitants of Itsamia in Comoros decided to intervene, turtles arriving to nest on its beaches drew villagers from neighboring hamlets. Anywhere from 10 to 30 green sea turtles were captured every day for their meat. That was in 1991. Today, the village is famous for its annual turtl ...

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#134585
2022-05-19

Ferns and Lycophytes Are Effectively Conserved in Protected Areas of Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna is highly renowned as the most biodiverse region in tropical China. To conserve this extraordinary rich biodiversity, more than 20% of Xishuangbanna’s land has been protected in protected areas (PAs).

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#134318
2022-05-05

Protected areas saw dramatic spikes in fires during COVID lockdowns, study finds

The number of fires inside protected conservation areas across the island of Madagascar shot up dramatically when COVID-19 lockdowns led to the suspension of any on-site management for five months during 2020.

News Headlines
#134132
2022-04-20

Protected areas need effective management to protect biodiversity

Protected areas have a mixed impact on wildlife and don’t always boost biodiversity, according to a study published in Nature. This is the largest ever global survey about the impact of protected areas.

News Headlines
#133855
2022-03-30

7 Solutions to Biodiversity Loss

All living things on Earth are connected to support and maintain life cycles, therefore biodiversity is extremely important for the functioning of ecosystems on the Earth.

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#133688
2022-03-03

Protect This Place: The Fragile and Enchanting Costa Dos Corais

Protect This PlaceCosta dos Corais harbors one of the largest reef formations in Brazil and is rich in biodiversity —groups of algae, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic mammals, along with its namesake corals. I

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#133639
2022-03-02

To save the oceans, we need MPAs that emphasize actual protection of marine ecosystems (commentary)

Saving the ocean is possible but it requires getting serious about stopping its destruction, not everywhere, but especially in designated places called marine protected areas, a new op-ed argues.

News Headlines
#133359
2022-02-21

Afro-Caribbean community safeguards pristine oceans with new protected area

An Afro-Caribbean community on the southwest coast of Colombia has helped establish a new marine protected area that will create more sustainable fishing and hunting practices while ensuring that one of the country’s most undisturbed ecosystems withstands outside threats of deforestation and pol ...

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#133246
2022-02-16

African wild dogs cope with human development using skills they rely on to compete with other carnivores

Large carnivores in Africa are important from ecological, economic and cultural perspectives, but human activities put them at risk. Increasingly, lions, hyenas and African wild dogs are restricted to protected areas like national parks. Within these limited areas, they must compete for the same ...

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#133225
2022-02-15

Communities adjacent to protected areas commit their land to conservation.

COMMUNITIES adjacent to protected areas in Mbire have committed part of their land towards wildlife conservation, a move that is expected to help curb poaching in the area.

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#133078
2022-02-10

Which African country is providing the world with a blueprint for ocean protection?

Gabon is in a world-leading position when it comes to protecting oceans, say experts. The country on Africa’s west coast provides a blueprint that could be used in many other nations, according to a new paper compiled by Gabonese policymakers and researchers from the University of Exeter, UK.

News Headlines
#133103
2022-02-10

Mammal 'selfies' show protected areas thriving with species diversity

Ever wonder if protected areas are effective at conserving wildlife? Well, new research and photos from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have shed some insight on their usefulness.

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#3141
2022-02-07
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2022-02-20

Workshop on Feasible Indicators for Reporting on the Effectiveness of Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), 1-2 March 2022 (virtual)

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/ML/SK/ESE/90114 (2022-010)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, PoWPA Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

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#132829
2022-02-01

Marine Life in the Galápagos Gets a New Protected ‘Ocean Highway’

Endangered turtles, sharks, and manta rays now have more room to roam in the pristine waters of the Galápagos Islands. In January 2022, Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso decreed a new marine reserve called Hermandad—“Brotherhood”—in the volcanic island chain famous for its impressive, unusual ...

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#132819
2022-01-31

Preserving biodiversity: begins the path to create new protected areas in the country – Unidiversidad

Priority is given to projects to create national parks and reserves in the provinces of Córdoba and Río Negro. They have unique ecosystems. The importance of their care to cushion climate change. Infographics.

News Headlines
#132772
2022-01-27

Expert: Protecting 30% of Earth won’t be enough to save biodiversity

PROTECTING 30 per cent of land and sea areas will not be enough to stop, let alone reverse, the loss of biodiversity, argues Jukka Hoffren, an expert at Statistics Finland.

News Headlines
#132700
2022-01-21

Effectiveness of protection areas in safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services in Tibet Autonomous Region

The Tibet Autonomous Region of China constitutes a unique and fragile ecosystem that is increasingly influenced by development and global climate change. To protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in Tibet, the Chinese government established a system of nature reserves at a significant cost; ...

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#132681
2022-01-20

Barking Deer Conservation Starts; KP's Protected Areas Enhanced To 15pc: Wildlife Chief

Khyber Pakthunkhwa Wildlife Department has started conservation of the endangered Barking Deer in Haripur district to protect the rare species from extinction.

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#132618
2022-01-19

More protected areas won't save biodiversity, warn experts

Expanding nature preserves will not be enough to stem a rising tide of extinctions, a panel of experts warned Wednesday, taking aim at a draft treaty tasked with rescuing Earth's animal and plant life.

News Headlines
#132579
2022-01-18

Dynamic Ocean closures offer protection from accidental catch

Accidentally trapping marine animals such as sharks, seabirds, turtles, or sea mammals in fishing gear is one of the biggest barriers for making fisheries more sustainable. While marine protected areas are aiming to minimize accidental catch, they often prove to be quite inefficient in protectin ...

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#132582
2022-01-18

‘Huge blow’ for tiger conservation as two of the big cats killed in Thailand

Authorities in Thailand have arrested five suspects for killing two Indochinese tigers in a protected area in the country’s west; the suspects said the tigers had been killing and eating their cattle.

News Headlines
#132601
2022-01-18

Expanding national parks not enough to protect nature, say scientists

Expanding national parks and protected areas will not be enough to halt the destruction of nature, warn leading scientists, who say urgent action on overconsumption, harmful subsidies and the climate crisis is also required to halt biodiversity loss.

News Headlines
#132505
2022-01-14

Ecuador to announce creation of Hermandad Marine Reserve off Galapagos (commentary)

“Ecuador is proud to announce the creation of the Hermandad Marine Reserve in the coming days,” the country’s president declares in an opinion piece shared with Mongabay.

News Headlines
#132435
2022-01-12

Newly declared dugong conservation reserve will help protect marine biodiversity

In an effort to protect the dugong, the Tamil Nadu government declared 500 sq. km of the biodiversity-rich waters in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay, where the marine mammal is found, as the country’s first dugong conservation reserve. Announced in September last year, the reserve is spread over ...

News Headlines
#132446
2022-01-12

Protected marine areas should serve nature and people: a review of South Africa’s efforts

Marine protected areas in South Africa and across the world have an identity crisis. For some, they’re the answer to all marine conservation challenges. They prevent habitat destruction and unsustainable resource extraction, and provide resilience against climate change.

News Headlines
#132360
2022-01-07

‘Only the rains will stop it’: Bolivia forest fires hit protected areas

Forest fires in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz department razed an area twice the size of Jamaica in the first 10 months of 2021, officials said, with more than half of the affected land falling inside protected areas.

News Headlines
#132323
2022-01-05

China’s Surprisingly Robust System of Marine Protection

China, as the world’s largest producer and consumer of seafood, is well known for its voracious international fishing fleet. But a comprehensive understanding of the country’s efforts on marine protection, at least in its domestic waters, has remained elusive—even to many experts within China. N ...

News Headlines
#132264
2021-12-22

How Marine Protected Areas Can Pay for Their Own Protection

The area right next to a marine protected area is a prime fishing spot—and researchers think fishermen will pay to access it.

News Headlines
#132248
2021-12-21

Costa Rica Expands Cocos Island National Park by 27 times in size

President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica has signed a decree expanding the Cocos Island National Park, increasing the fully protected area in their Pacific waters by almost 53,000 square kilometers.

News Headlines
#132232
2021-12-20

Costa Rica’s pristine ‘Shark Island’ now a massive marine reserve

Three times the size of the country’s mainland, the reserve’s abundance of sharks, whales, turtles, and other marine life has been described as an “underwater Jurassic Park.”

News Headlines
#132193
2021-12-16

Using strategy to preserve biodiversity while saving space

In South and Central America, an especially high number of biodiverse areas are in jeopardy. Tropical rainforests are being cleared so that the land can be used for livestock grazing and planting soybeans. To compensate for these losses, other areas need to be placed under protection. The United ...

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#132194
2021-12-16

Are marine protected areas helping marine mammals and birds? Maybe, but more can be done

Our oceans are under pressure like never before, with over 60% struggling from the increasing impact of fishing, coastal activities and climate change. The harsh truth is that as we move towards 2022 only 3% of oceans are totally free from the pressure of human activity.

News Headlines
#132158
2021-12-14

Researchers: ‘Yellowstone to Yukon’ work boosts conservation

It’s one thing to mount a decades-long conservation campaign on a continental scale like the Yellowstone to Yukon, or Y2Y. It’s another to prove anything about it worked.

News Headlines
#132159
2021-12-14

Southern Ocean conservation cannot be left behind

The recent CCAMLR meeting failed to increase marine protected areas, but progress was made on regulating krill fishing

News Headlines
#132167
2021-12-14

Quebec entrepreneur, 93, donates cherished island after protecting it from city sprawl

Nature Conservancy of Canada will protect Île Ronde habitat for birds and vulnerable turtle species.

News Headlines
#132146
2021-12-13

National Park City status creates ‘higher expectations’ for park lands protection

The judges of Adelaide’s successful bid to become a globally-recognised National Park City say the title should lead to “higher expectations, accountability and standards” on planning decisions to rezone and commercialise the city’s park lands.

News Headlines
#132149
2021-12-13

Conservation and food production must work in tandem, new study says

Strictly protecting 30% of Earth’s land and sea by 2030 would result in food production shortfalls, and would render a fifth of mammals and a third of birds at high risk of extinction, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#132119
2021-12-09

Indigenous lands have less deforestation than state-managed protected areas in most of tropics

Areas managed by Indigenous peoples cover more than 25% of the world’s land and overlap with 40% of protected areas globally. Studies in Nicaragua and Brazil have found that Indigenous communities with ownership of their land have lower rates of deforestation than neighbouring areas. Often, defo ...

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#132106
2021-12-09

Botswana's Okavango Delta: World Heritage Site under threat

Environmental organizations are raising the alarm over mining for oil and gas in the world's largest cross-border nature reserve, known for its biodiversity and unique landscapes.

News Headlines
#132073
2021-12-07

Endangered Caspian seal habitat awarded important marine mammal area status

Special status has been awarded to the habitat of a species of seal left endangered due to human activity.

News Headlines
#132080
2021-12-07

Ndumo Game Reserve: The complicated balancing act of subsistence farming and nature conservation in KwaZulu-Natal

As cultivated fields expand and grazing cattle explore ever further in the Ndumo Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, researchers worry about unresolved efforts to address human poverty while also trying to protect the ever-shrinking spaces left for wildlife and nature conservation.

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#132056
2021-12-06

Portuguese islands create Europe’s largest protected marine area

The Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve, created 50 years ago in Portugal’s Madeira archipelago, is home to a unique ecosystem. A newly adopted legal framework makes it the largest protected marine area in Europe and the North Atlantic.

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