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Introduce the cheetah, with caution and guidelines / Opinion

The plan to bring the cheetah to India should have a minimum requirement of setting up a grassland policy

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Jamaicans Encouraged To Protect Rich Biodiversity

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, is calling on more Jamaicans to preserve the rich biodiversity that exists, given the impact Climate Change is having on natural resources.

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Looking beyond protected areas to conserve species in tea-garden terrains

Governments are gearing up to determine biodiversity targets for the next decade in 2020, a year dubbed as the make or break year for biodiversity. Meanwhile, disquiet prevails in a scenic, tea garden-dominated landscape in the Himalayan foothills in north-east India.

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Caribbean sharks in need of large marine protected areas

Governments must provide larger spatial protections in the Greater Caribbean for threatened, highly migratory species such as sharks, is the call from a diverse group of marine scientists including Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Ph.D. Candidate, Oliver S ...

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Protect 30% of Earth to avert ‘irreversible’ biodiversity loss – former ministers say

Governments should sharply expand protected areas for animals and plants to cover 30% of the planet by 2030 to pull back from “the precipice of irreversible loss of biodiversity”, a group of former foreign ministers said on Tuesday.

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Seychelles: $ 31 Million 'Ridge to the Reef' Project to Protect Seychelles' Ecosystems From Mountain to Coast

A first-of-its-kind project in Seychelles will show an integrated approach to the management of marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems of the island nation, stretching from mountaintop to coastline. The $31 million project, from Ridge to Reef, will be implemented over six years. It is co-fin ...

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Appreciate social, environmental benefits of protected areas

SETTING aside ecologically-important lands and marine areas within protected areas (PA) was among the more contentious issues that confronted governments at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Government of Canada invests in protected areas in Prince Edward Island

Protecting nature is vital to our health, well-being, and our efforts to combat climate change. That's why the Government of Canada is working closely with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples and others to double the amount of nature protected from coast to coast to coast.

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New Deal for Nature: Paying the Emperor to Fence the Wind

The latest idea to be heavily promoted by big conservation NGOs is doubling the world’s so-called “Protected Areas” (PAs) so that they cover thirty percent of the globe’s lands and oceans.

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Study: To curb biodiversity declines, protect land in the tropics

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- If world leaders, land managers and other policymakers can find a way to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius and conserve a third of the land in the tropics, global species loss could be cut in half.

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Ottawa introduces new rules to protect right whales in Canadian waters

The Liberal government said Thursday it is enhancing measures to reduce risks to North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species largely due to human activity.

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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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Protected Hungarian forest by the Tisza River destroyed

An old floodplain forest in Hungary was destroyed by unauthorized clear-cutting in a protected area near the Tisza River.

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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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These protected marine spots around the world are giving hope to Planet Earth

If you’ve been to the Andamans, gone diving in the Great Barrier Reef or sailed around the British Virgin Islands—chances are you’ve probably been to a Marine Protected Area (MPA) but you never knew it. Across the world, there are dozens of MPAs, earmarked with the aim to conserve marine life an ...

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Action plan to save Bolivia’s red-fronted macaw awaits its reboot

For 13 years, Marlene Rivas has been part of a team working to protect the red-fronted macaw (Ara rubrogenysa), a bird endemic to Bolivia that is classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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Seychelles protects 30 percent of territorial waters, meeting target 10 years ahead of schedule

Seychelles has legally designated 30 percent of its territorial waters as marine protected areas 10 years ahead of international targets, President Danny Faure said at the signing of legal document on Thursday.

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Turn High Seas ‘Hotspots’ Into Parks

Researchers are using big data to identify biodiversity hotspots that could become the first generation of high seas marine protected areas.

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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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New Zealand Could Soon Protect One of World's Most Biodiverse Marine Areas

In 2015, then-New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his commitment to protect the waters surrounding the Kermadec Islands by creating one of the world’s largest fully protected marine areas. Located in the South Pacific, approximately 1,000 km (621 miles) northeast of New Zealand’s North ...

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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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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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Protected Areas Are Not Safe from Climate Change

A new study showing the most vulnerable protected areas—the poles and the subtropics—could help prioritize their care.Approximately 15% of the world’s land is designated as protected areas to conserve our planet’s biodiversity. Currently, there are over 240,000 such protected areas.

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Tiny Atlantic island takes giant leap towards protecting world's oceans

A community of 250 people on one of the most remote inhabited islands on Earth has made a significant contribution to marine wildlife conservation by banning bottom-trawling fishing, deep-sea mining and other harmful activities from its waters.

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Auditors slam EU for 'marine protected areas' that fail to protect ocean

Europe’s marine protected areas (MPAs), set up to prevent biodiversity loss at sea, are failing to protect the oceans according to an excoriating report from auditors.

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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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California Commits to Conserving 30 Percent of its Land and Water by 2030. What Does That Mean?

On October 7 California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state to create a new California Biodiversity Collaborative and conserve 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030.

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Local communities are the best protectors of Marine Protected Areas

In 2016 the waters between the island of Sa Dragonera and Mallorca were declared a marine protected area (MPA) and named “the marine reserve of Freu de Sa Dragonera.” This year, in the beginning of November, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food declared a new marine reserve of fishing ...

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30% of Scotland’s land to be protected for nature

Plans to protect at least 30% of Scotland’s land for nature by 2030 – and to examine options to extend this further – have been announced today by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

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Can Conservation and Development Be Balanced in Sri Lanka?

The Sri Lankan government recently cancelled three circulars that protected 700,000 hectares of forests, labelled Other State Forests (OSFs), which are not classified as protected areas but account for five percent of the island nation’s remaining 16.5 percent of forest cover.

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The phantom chorus: birdsong boosts human well-being in protected areas

If you thought your morning hike was contributing to your wellbeing, a new study shows that you're right, especially if our avian friends were singing while you strolled.

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Watch: In Rare Event, Over 92,000 Giant River Turtles Hatch on Beach in Brazil

Call it a turtle tsunami! The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has released an amazing video showing tens of thousands of Giant South American River turtle hatchlings (Podocnemis expansa) emerging from a sandy beach in a protected area along the Purus River -- a tributary of the Amazon River ...

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Québec honours its commitment and protects 17% of its land and freshwater territory

Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region Benoit Charette today proudly announced that the Québec government has honoured its commitment to protect 17% of its land and freshwater territory before the end of 2020.

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Ivory Coast creates first marine protected area

Ivory Coast has announced the creation of its first Marine Protected Area (MPA).The MPA will cover 2,600 km2 (1,000 square miles) of pristine ocean off the coast of Grand-Béréby, protecting marine biodiversity including threatened shark and turtle species.

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Azerbaijan marks International Day of Reserves and National Parks

Since 1997, January 11 is celebrated worldwide as International Day of Reserves and National Parks at the initiative of the Biodiversity Conservation Center and the World Wildlife Fund. Environmental protection problems are always at the center of attention of the Azerbaijani government. The cou ...

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75% of Australia's marine protected areas are given only 'partial' protection. Here's why that's a problem

A global coalition of more than 50 countries have this week pledged to protect over 30% of the planet's lands and seas by the end of this decade. Their reasoning is clear: we need greater protection for nature, to prevent further extinctions and protect the life-sustaining ecosystems crucial to ...

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Protected areas expand by 635,000 ha

Some 635,000 hectares of natural lands added to the country’s protected areas due to the biological values, Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

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Biden’s Historic Action on 30x30

The president’s executive order puts America on the path of protecting 30 percent of its land and inland waters and 30 percent of its ocean areas by 2030.

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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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‘Big day for UK seas’ as bottom trawling ban in four protected areas proposed

Government proposals to ban destructive bottom trawling fishing in the Dogger Bank, announced on Monday, marked a “really big day” for Britain’s seas, conservationists said.

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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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Kenya Part of New Global Deal to Save Animals, Plants

Kenya has joined more than 50 other countries across six continents in a programme for environmental conservation. The plan is to protect at least 30 per cent of the planet to prevent massive extinction of animals and plants.

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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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Women, youth in fisheries sector benefit from multi-million projects

One of the projects dubbed ‘Improving Management Effectiveness of Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Conservation Area’ aims to enhance management effectiveness of the marine protected area and adjacent locally marine managed areas for sustainable biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development.

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Biodiversity in Europe: EU aims to protect 30% of land and sea

With a UN biodiversity summit approaching in spring, 2021 has been hailed as a super year for biodiversity. As part of its contribution, the European Commission is preparing legislation to introduce legal protection for 30% of land and sea in Europe.

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Cat corridors between protected areas is key to survival of Cerrado’s jaguars

With no natural predators to worry about, jaguars (Panthera onca) roam the forests of South and Central America. This feline is found in 18 countries, but only 4% of its critical habitat is effectively protected.

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'America, send us your ideas': Biden pledges to protect 30% of US lands by 2030

It was an executive order that made waves in environmental circles: after only a week in office, President Joe Biden pledged to preserve 30% of US lands and waters by 2030.

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New protected area relieves pressure on primates and pangolins in South Sudan

The future of globally important wildlife—including endangered chimpanzees and pangolins—looks a little brighter after over 17,000 hectares of severely threatened forest habitat in an ecologically unique region of South Sudan were granted formal protection.

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When tigers, elephants, rhinos visit an expanding Indian town

Once a highland where wildlife sheltered from floods, the growing town of Tezpur along the Brahmaputra, sees regular interactions between large mammals such as rhinos, tigers, elephants and humans.

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Costa Rica Creates a New Category of Protected Area to Conserve Forests in Urban Areas

Costa Rica has a new category of protected area called Urban Natural Parks (PANU), which seeks to conserve ecosystems and forests at risk in the city, as well as improve the physical and mental health of people. It also seeks to increase carbon sequestration; stimulate recreation and ecotourism; ...

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