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Declaration of Black River Morass, Pedro Cays as protected areas to be advanced

THE process to have the Black River Morass and the Pedro Cays and surrounding waters declared as protected areas will be advanced this financial year.

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New survey to define protection measures for Seychelles’ Grand Police area

A new survey is being undertaken at the Grand Police beach to assess the biodiversity of fauna and flora as well as define protection and conservation measures for the area.

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South Africa: Cabinet Approves Marine Protected Areas

Acting Environmental Affairs Minister Derek Hanekom says a network of 20 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will considerably advance South Africa's efforts to protect its ocean heritage for future generations.

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Marine protected areas increasing fish stocks

Surrounded by severely damaged coral reefs, the fishers of Indonesia’s Seraya Besar, off the west coast of Flores, struggle to make ends meet. Year-on-year fish stocks have shrivelled as the damaged reef can only support limited life. If these fishers want more, they would have to fish further o ...

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Proposal could create world's largest protected area in Antarctic

Across the planet, eco-systems are in a dire state. Many believe a mass extinction is under way, the sixth since life first started in the primaeval melting pot billions of years ago.

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The Push to Safeguard 30% of the Ocean

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and produces more than half of the oxygen on the planet. It provides sustenance and income for billions of people and plays a vital role in regulating climate around the globe.1 It is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s known speci ...

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Marine Protected Areas overlook a large fraction of biodiversity hotspots

Current marine protected areas (MPAs) leave almost three-quarters of ecologically and functionally important species unprotected, concludes a new performance assessment of the Finnish MPA network. Published in Frontiers in Marine Science, the study finds the MPAs were designated with little know ...

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Ground-feeding birds in Southeast Asia may be going extinct outside protected areas

Nature reserves in large parts of Southeast Asia may be the last strongholds for charismatic ground-feeding birds such as quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, according to a recent study in Conservation Letters.

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Global agreement on ‘conserved areas’ marks new era of conservation (commentary)

On November 29, 2018, the 196 Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a decision that represents a high-water mark for the governance of protected areas and marks a new era of “protected and conserved areas.”

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Huge reserves protect underwater mountains, endangered sea life

Argentina's government has voted to create two new marine parks that cover an area the size of Hungary.

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More areas of B.C. coastal waters designated killer whale critical habitat

The classification means the two new areas are now legally protected against habitat-destroying activities.Two more areas of B.C. waters have officially been deemed "critical habitat" for southern and northern resident killer whales.

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Industrial fishing in marine protected areas poses significant threats to endangered sharks and other species

What began as a Dalhousie Ph.D. student's investigation into North Atlantic shark populations turned into an eye-opening discovery that shows a number of European Union-designated marine protected areas (MPAs) are falling short of protecting threatened biodiversity.

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Africa’s Biggest Conservation Success Was Once a Poachers’ Paradise

When Sarah Hall arrived to run Rwanda’s oldest national park in 2010, its rangers could barely cope with poachers who were trapping hippos in snares for food. The rhinos had vanished. The lions had been wiped out.

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Woodland buffers help maintain bird communities in forest edges

Woodlands in agricultural fields surrounding a protected area maintain functionality of a wintering bird community, according to a recent study.

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Government designates Lumkod lake as protected

The government has decided to set up a protected area of more than 100 hectares in Ratanakkiri province to protect the environment, biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources.

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Lobster fishery likely to continue inside federal Eastern Shore Islands protected area

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans appears ready to allow lobster fishing inside the proposed Eastern Shore Islands marine protected area.

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Protection eyed for waters around Izu-Ogasawara trench

The government plans to designate waters around the Izu-Ogasawara oceanic trench as a marine protected area (MPA) that limits fishing and other human activities.

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Haiti’s first private nature reserve seeks to protect rare plants and animals

On an isolated mountain in southwestern Haiti, researchers and conservation groups have purchased land and carved out the island nation’s first ever private nature reserve.

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Liberia: The Potentials of Wonegizi As a Protected Area

The Potentials of Wonegizi as a Protected Area (PA) in the development of the communities, districts and Lofa County is in the process of gazettement.

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Sanjayan, Harrison Ford of Conservation International learn about UAE’s biodiversity protection efforts

While touring the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has highlighted the UAE’s continued efforts to conserve the desert environment and promote protected areas as ecotourism sites to Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation ...

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Proposed bill seeks to ensure more protected areas in Seychelles

A new bill to replace the National Parks and Nature Conservancy Act is being proposed in Seychelles to ensure more protected areas in the island nation.

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Marine Protected Areas To Expand

MORE than 10 years ago, the government committed to protecting and effectively managing 20 percent of our marine environment by 2020 to ensure a healthy marine environment and sustain livelihoods in fisheries and tourism.

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Comprehensive Support For Twelve Protected Areas in Georgia

Georgia receives assistance to conserve and protect its unique biodiversity through a five year initiative supported from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Philippines’ new marine protected area includes community-led monitoring program

Encompassing more than 54 acres of thriving coral reef habitat, the new marine protected area in Batangas empowers local residents as stewards of the reef, enjoining them in a uniquely ambitious two-year program to monitor its health.

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No fishing allowed in Ascension Island’s new marine protected area

Ascension Island, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is getting a new marine protected area twice the size of the United Kingdom (UK).

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Protected areas in East Africa flourishing

East Africa’s protected areas are largely successful at preserving important habitats, with nearly seven per cent turned into agricultural land, a study has shown.Protected areas, locations in which human activities are strictly controlled to allow endangered species to prosper, are a boon for l ...

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Will Large Protected Areas Save the Oceans or Politicize Them?

In the last decade, governments have been pushing to create vast Marine Protected Areas large enough to protect species from overfishing and other threats. But critics are questioning whether the creation of these large protected areas is driven more by geopolitics than conservation.

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Marine protected reserves do more than restore fish

In a new analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas worldwide, University of Massachusetts Amherst marine ecologist Brian Cheng and colleagues report that reserves not only replenish target fish populations, they also restore ecological functioning. However, not all reserves perform ...

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Scientists urge UN to create protected zone across third of planet’s oceans

Scientists have laid out a strategy to protect nearly a third of the world’s oceans by creating a massive network of sanctuaries. Released ahead of a major vote on the issue at the United Nations (UN), the study describes a blueprint for a strategy many now see as crucial to preserve wildlife an ...

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Indonesia, US declare new protected marine areas in North Maluku

Supported by United States of America for International Development (USAID), North Maluku province declared its three new Marine Protected Areas (KKP3K) covering about 226,000 hectares of its seas at its 70th-anniversary event on Tuesday.

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Laos creates 2 national parks 'to protect forests and natural beauty' |

The Laos government has created two national parks in northern and central Laos to protect forests, biodiversity, natural beauty and the country’s geological development. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith signed two prime ministerial decrees last month, giving birth to the Nam Et–Phou Louey Par ...

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Belize Triples the Size of its Marine Protected Areas

In a bold step for the sustainability of its fisheries and the world’s second largest barrier reef, the government of Belize has approved a plan to set aside 10% of its territorial waters as no-take marine protected areas (MPAs), tripling the size of its existing zones.

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Scientists urge overhaul of the world’s parks to protect biodiversity

Countries should concentrate on outcomes instead of actions when they set aside areas for parks and reserves to shore up the loss of biodiversity, according to a group of scientists.

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Leopards, wolves and hyenas share big area with humans: Stud ..

In India, large carnivore conservation and active management s mostly centred on tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, but a recent study reveals increasing evidence of leopards, wolves and hyenas showing great potential to share lands with people outside protected areas (/PAs).

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Japan Diet OKs Deep-Sea Conservation Bill

Tokyo, April 24 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Wednesday a bill to revise the nature conservation law in order to improve protection of marine ecosystems by restricting deep-sea development.

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Canada to ban industrial activities inside marine-protected areas

Prohibition won't automatically apply to activities in fisheries conservation areas

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Canada protects important natural habitats in Quebec

MONTRÉAL, April 24, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Nature is at the heart of our Canadian identity. Protecting natural habitats is an invaluable legacy for future generations. That's why the Government of Canada is committed to doubling the amount of protected nature in Canada's lands and oceans.

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In France, people living by protected areas are more environmentally conscious

What effect do PAs have on the environmental attitudes and behaviours of French citizens?

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Calculating cost-effective conservation

Maintaining existing conservation areas might be a more cost-effective investment than expansion, according to new research led by The University of Queensland.

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Underrepresented voices needed in conservation debates

[NAIROBI] Debates and policy processes regarding global conservation need to value the perspectives of groups such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa who may have less powerful positions, a study suggests.

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Building the world’s biggest MPA: Q&A with Goldman winner Jacqueline Evans

The South Pacific archipelago of the Cook Islands might seem a diminutive site from which to launch and manage the largest multi-use marine protected area (MPA) on Earth.

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China’s new panda park will be three times bigger than Yellowstone

The huge earthquake that rocked China’s Sichuan Province 11 years ago this month was a catastrophic human tragedy.

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'Green Oscar' Awarded For Venezuelan Parrot Conservation

The Whitley Awards, sometimes known as the “Green Oscars”, recognize international conservation excellence in biodiversity-rich, resource-poor countries

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China’s National Panda Park Will Be Three Times the Size of Yellowstone

The vast space will connect China’s fragmented panda populations, enabling the land giants to better find mates and diversify their species’ gene pool

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Giant step forward for conservation in Chilean Patagonia

On 10 May, Tompkins Conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Government of Chile announced an agreement to create a public-private fund to ensure the future conservation of Chilean Patagonia.

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First Nations push for massive conservation area in northern B.C.

LOWER POST, B.C. - First Nations in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to endorse an ambitious proposal for a 40,000-square-kilometre conservation area to protect major watersheds and sensitive species.

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Most protected areas lack proper policing

On paper, nations are protecting their wilderness areas. In practice, most protected areas lack effective policing.

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Algerian forest reinstated as National Park after turbulent history

Djebel Babor forest in Northern Algeria was a National Park for 60 years before being stripped of its status.

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Belize to protect critical wildlife corridor that’s home to jaguars and more

In a boost to jaguars and other iconic wildlife of Central America, the government of Belize has approved a proposal to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, a key stretch of jungle that could help create the largest contiguous block of forest in Central America.

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