One hectare of ocean in which fishing is not allowed (a marine protected area) produces at least five times the amount of fish as an equivalent unprotected hectare, according to new research published today.
The government of Seychelles has pledged to set aside 30 percent of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to marine protected areas, out of which 15 percent will be a no take, no fishing and no extraction.
Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat of losing even more of their forest habitat.
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.
A four-million-hectare national park in Chile is being brought back to life by restoring the land to nature.
Imagine, for a moment, a world without national parks
Djebel Babor forest in Northern Algeria was a National Park for 60 years before being stripped of its status.
On paper, nations are protecting their wilderness areas. In practice, most protected areas lack effective policing.
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.
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.
The Whitley Awards, sometimes known as the “Green Oscars”, recognize international conservation excellence in biodiversity-rich, resource-poor countries
The vast space will connect China’s fragmented panda populations, enabling the land giants to better find mates and diversify their species’ gene pool
The huge earthquake that rocked China’s Sichuan Province 11 years ago this month was a catastrophic human tragedy.
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.
Maintaining existing conservation areas might be a more cost-effective investment than expansion, according to new research led by The University of Queensland.
[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.
Prohibition won't automatically apply to activities in fisheries conservation areas
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.
What effect do PAs have on the environmental attitudes and behaviours of French citizens?
The world faces an environmental disaster.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Ascension Island, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is getting a new marine protected area twice the size of the United Kingdom (UK).
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 ...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans appears ready to allow lobster fishing inside the proposed Eastern Shore Islands marine protected area.
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.
Woodlands in agricultural fields surrounding a protected area maintain functionality of a wintering bird community, according to a recent study.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Argentina's government has voted to create two new marine parks that cover an area the size of Hungary.
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.
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 ...
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.