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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.”

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Countries fall short of U.N. pledge to protect 10% of the ocean by 2020

Covering a swath of ocean larger than Peru around coral reefs, golden beaches and rocky atolls in north Hawaiʻi, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is one of the world’s largest marine protected areas — and the biggest in North America.

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Creating a nature-positive future

Investing in effective protected and conserved areas is an essential tool for achieving the protection of nature, through biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. In our Creating a Nature-Positive Future report we present a path to enhance protected and conserved areas coverage a ...

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Creating a nature-positive future

Investing in effective protected and conserved areas is essential to protect nature, through biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.

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Creating awareness of MPAs

On Sunday, 1 August South Africa will become the first country in the world to celebrate Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Day. To highlight the important role MPAs play in the conservation of marine biodiversity, a consortium of South African organisations passionate about the protection of marine l ...

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Cropland takes up 6% of global protected areas: study

Protected areas cover around 13% of the earth’s surface, but contain an estimated 83% of its endangered wildlife. However, mounting evidence suggests that protected areas may not be living up to their name, with around a third of the planet’s protected land area under intense pressure from human ...

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Cuba drastically reforms fishing laws to protect coral reef, sharks and rays

Reforms will oblige Cuba to work more closely with its US neighbours – in spite of US President Trump’s frosty attitude

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DRC: The creation of Congo Air Nature to safeguard protected areas

This is one of the major works envisaged by the new management team of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The creation of an airline called Congo Air Nature. Its mission is to monitor and promote ecotourism through the country's 82 p ...

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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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Diana McCaulay | Protecting the Palisadoes

Thanks to The Sunday Gleaner (May 22, 2021) for the story re the sea defence works on the Palisadoes tombolo, pointing out the all-too-common situation that the mitigation measures identified as necessary to avoid environmental damage have not been done 10 years later.

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Dorsal de Nasca: Peru pledges to create a huge new marine reserve

In October, Peru’s environment minister pledged to make a proposed 50,000-square-kilometer (19,300-square-mile) marine protected area a reality by 2021.

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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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Ecuador seeks to expand Galapagos reserve to protect marine life

In hopes of protecting migratory marine species endangered by overfishing and climate change, Ecuador's government has proposed expanding marine reserves near the Galapagos Islands, a haven for sharks, turtles and whales.

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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.

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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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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.

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England’s new nature reserves ‘will help us tackle global heating’

Conservation and climate change policy ‘should be two sides of same coin’, says chair of Natural England

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Environmentally "Protected" Areas are Not as Guarded as they Should Be, Evidence Shows

In the last decade, more than 4 million square kilometers of land have been declared as protected areas around the world, with little evidence of how good these areas are at being protected.

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Expanding marine protected areas could boost fish yields – but there's a catch

Marine protected areas, or MPAs as they’re more commonly called, are very simple. Areas of the sea are set aside where certain activities – usually fishing – are banned or restricted. Ideally, these MPAs might be placed around particularly vibrant habitats that support lots of different species, ...

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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.

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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.

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Feds approve $3.9M for protected, conserved areas in Tahltan territory

Tahltan Central Government says project will improve Indigenous stewardship of lands

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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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First African Protected Areas Congress: A Watershed Event For Africa's Parks And Wildlife

The first African Protected Areas Congress is scheduled to convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18 to 23 November 2019.

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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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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.

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Five national parks to serve as nature conservation 'classrooms'

China's first five national parks will be partly open to the public and serve as the most beautiful "classrooms" for nature conservation education, an official with the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said on Thursday.

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Five new designated Special Areas of Conservation in Cyprus

Five protected areas who were included in the Natura 2000 Network as Sites of Community Importance are now being designated as Special Areas of Conservation under the Nature and Wildlife Protection and Management Law.

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Focus on freshwater conservation, and land gets swept along for the ride

Rivers, wetlands, ponds and streams punch above their weight. Freshwater ecosystems are home to hundreds of thousands of species, from tiny duckweeds and jewel-perfect diatoms to lake-covering water lilies and leaping river dolphins.

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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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Forest crimes drop in protected areas

Twenty-two cases connected with illegal forest clearance and wild animal and timber poaching in the Phnom Tnout-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary were sent to court for prosecution last year, a decline of 50 per cent over 2019.

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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.

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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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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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Global study reveals effectiveness of protected areas

Researchers have conducted a global study on the effectiveness of recently established protected areas in preventing forest loss. The study explores protected area performance by countries, with South Africa, Cambodia, Latvia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Brazil and New Zealand leading the way in protect ...

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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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Govt names second marine protected area in Tanintharyi

The Fisheries Department declared a second marine protected area in Tanintharyi Region to protect endangered fish species and marine habitats. The new conservation area covers the coastal waters between Kawthoung township and Kau-ye Island, the department said in a statement.

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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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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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Hawaii scientists and surfers unite for new ocean protection campaign

The World Surf League just launched an online petition drive under the banner “We Are One Ocean.” “We’re calling for 30% marine protected areas by 2030,” said Reece Pacheco, WSL’s senior vice president of Ocean Responsibility.The campaign addresses what Pacheco calls the earth’s bio-diversity cr ...

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How China's new national parks are protecting biodiversity

It is well known China is the world's most populous country – what it not so well known is that it also has some of the highest numbers of different flora and fauna anywhere in the world. And this is what the nation's five inaugural national parks are trying to protect.

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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.

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How marine protected areas help safeguard the ocean

The ocean quietly unites global communities in a profound way. And yet, the ocean faces more threats today than ever before in history.

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How much space does nature need? 30 percent of the planet may not be enough

For millions of years, giants graced the murky depths of China’s Yangtze River. The Chinese Paddlefish (Psephurus gladius), which could reach 7 meters in length, used its swordlike snout to sense the electrical perturbations made by smaller prey, snatching them in the dark. But no more.

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How protected are protected areas?

On the face of it, efforts to boost the amount of land and sea officially conserved for nature are going well. Since governments signed up to the Aichi biodiversity targets in 2010, almost 21 million square kilometres – an area larger than the Russian Federation – have been given new protected s ...

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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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Human-wildlife conflict threatens protected reserves in East Africa

Each year, more than a million wildebeest migrate across the grassy plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. But on the borders of these protected areas, human populations are increasing and wild ecosystems are struggling to survive in the face ...

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In Afghanistan, a new national park carries hopes for conservation and peace

Ibrahim Abrar’s first visit to Afghanistan’s Bamyan province, where he encountered the Dar-e-Bozurk, or Grand Canyon, is an experience he says he’ll never forget. He describes it as “a vast emptiness of gigantic and deep canyons, pristine rangeland, and rather intimidating dignified, old juniper ...

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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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In Half-Earth Project, a full-on bid to get countries to protect biodiversity

As the world grapples with unparalleled rates of deforestation and extinction, an increasing number of governments and other entities are recognizing the importance of protecting 30% of the land and oceans by 2030. In fact, this goal is listed as a target in the first draft of the post-2020 glob ...

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