2013

The BIOPAMA Knowledge Café at IMPAC3

BIOPAMA addresses capacity development needs at marine conference

A BIOPAMA knowledge café at the recent International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) attracted stakeholders and interested parties to help identify inspiring solutions to address capacity development needs for marine protected areas. IMPAC brings together major marine protected areas and maritime stakeholders from around the globe to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of marine biodiversity. This year’s event, IMPAC 3, was held 20-25 October in Marseille, France and was followed by a high level political meeting in Corsica on 26-27 October. …  

07 Nov 2013 | Article
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Dr Mohammed Sessay (left) and Mr Alex Banda (middle),  during the eleventh meeting of the United Nations Framework to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (COP) Prosopis Side Event

Challenges and solutions to managing and controlling the spread of invasive Prosopis in dryland ecosystems

 The Kalahari-Namib programme hosted a side event at the eleventh meeting of the United Nations Framework to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (COP) on Monday 16 September 2013 in the Rio Pavillion. The event explored the challenges and solutions to managing and controlling the spread of invasive Prosopis in dryland ecosystems through an introductory participatory video, a high level panel discussion and an informal dialogue. …  

07 Nov 2013 | Article
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Forest at Dayangshan

Protecting infrastructure and communities in China, naturally

While many communities instinctively use ecosystems such as forests, coral reefs and mangroves to protect themselves against natural hazards, others are suffering because environmental degradation has taken these ecosystem services away and left them exposed. 

07 Nov 2013 | Article

Los Glaciales National Park, Argentina

Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for identifying KBAs is the focus of a project funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Parks Colombia Oct 2013

CEC at the Second International Conference on University Radio in Colombia

Dr Justine Braby represented the CEC Chair at this conference in Bogota, Colombia in October 2013. Justine gave a key note address and moderated a panel discussion on communicating conservation and the value of biodiversity. Part of the outcome of the conference was to have the university radio commit to generating awareness and building mobilisation around the World Parks Congress stream “Inspiring a new Generation” and young people’s value of nature. …  

06 Nov 2013 | Article
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13B-05-13, LEO, SOS save our species

À la poursuite des braconniers, sous la pluie

L’an dernier, en 3 mois seulement, des braconniers ont tué environ 450 éléphants dans le parc national de Boubandjida au Cameroun, un drame qui a poussé au déploiement de 60 nouveaux écogardes. Toutefois, en raison du manque d’équipements, de logements élémentaires et de l’instabilité des salaires, la tâche des gardes, qui consiste à protéger ce qui reste des espèces sauvages, est devenue d’autant plus difficile.   …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Nelao Haimbodi

Additional CEC Support in Namibia

The Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) Steering Committee has endorsed the appointment of Ms. Nelao Sheila Haimbodi as Conservation Communication Expert Support to the CEC Chair in Windhoek, Namibia. …  

06 Nov 2013 | Article
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Earth Chater Action

New Earth Charter Course

Executive Programme on Education, Transformative Learning, Values and Sustainability 

06 Nov 2013 | Article
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Jodogohama rocky fishing spot, Sanriku Fukko National Park Japan

New park rises from the ashes of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami

As the Asia Parks Congress sets to open in Sendai, Japan, a new national park in the region devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is seeding hope for local communities. …  

06 Nov 2013 | Article

Boat stranded on land after the Japanese tsunami

Japan’s coastal forests – a safety blanket

Since the 17th century, Japan’s coastal forests have been managed to protect coastal communities and infrastructure from extreme weather and salt damage. These forests are also of great importance to the cultural heritage and identity of the communities they protect. …  

06 Nov 2013 | Article