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Sudan’s Sudd Wetlands Designated as Internationally Important

Conservation efforts aiming at preserving one of Africa’s most important wetlands received a major boost as the Sudd region in southern Sudan was included in the Ramsar Convention List of Wetlands of International Importance.


Congo Gorilla Reserve Helps People

Conde Nast Traveler awarded Pierre Kakule Vwirasihikya, a 46-year old native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 2005 Environmental Award.


Environment-Friendly Trawling by Shrimp Fishermen Leading to Significant Cuts in By-Catch in Some Seas

A pioneering project is reducing the environmental damage from shrimp trawling. The project, funded by the multi-billion dollar Global Environment Facility (GEF), has dramatically cut the unwanted catch of young fish, turtles and other "by-catch" by as much as 30 to 70 percent in some countries.


Mngazana – Mangroves equal money (and honey)

Local solution to protect the Mngazana Estuary, regarded as the most important estuary in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with its 140 hectare stand of mangroves, is proving effective with four enterprises dependent on the mangroves which provide an incentive not to harvest.


Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan to collaborate on protecting marine environment of Caspian Sea: New Treaty on Conservation and Sustainable Development

The Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea – the first legally binding agreement on any subject to be adopted by the five Caspian neighbors – will enter into force on 12 August 2006.


Africa’s Wealth of Nature-Based Resources Key to Economic Prospects

Poverty in Africa can be made history if the region’s wealth of natural resources is effectively, fairly and sustainably harnessed, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says.


Conservation of Butterflies in Assam, India: Setting example for worldwide efforts.

The state of Assam in northeastern India, harboring some of the world’s riches biodiversity, is home to more than 500 species of butterflies.  Large-scale habitat deforestation and fragmentation has led to the decline of several butterfly populations in the state, and many species believed to be common during the early part of the 20th Century have now declined rapidly through much of their range.


Study Confirms That Ecosystems With Many Plant Species Produce More and Survive Threats Better

Ecosystems containing many different plant species are not only more productive, they are better able to withstand and recover from climate extremes, pests and disease over long periods, according to a new study. It is the first experiment to gather enough data--over a sufficient time and in a controlled environment--to confirm a 50-year scientific debate about whether biodiversity stabilizes ecosystems.


Tayna Gorilla Reserve Brings Communities and Orphans Together to Save Wildlife

The 225,000-acre Tayna Gorilla Reserve not only protects gorillas, elephants, and leopards, but also provides many locals with jobs.  Last year, Pierre Kakule Vwirasihikya helped start a community college called Tayna Center for Conservation Biology, where more than a hundred Congolese students are studying natural resource management and conservation.


Saving King Kong: UNEP and Partners Work to Save Gorillas

The UNEP Convention on Migratory Species signs a contract with other partners to undertakes initiative for the conservation of Gorillas in 10 African States on February 7,2006.   


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