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Fishing Ban Protects Largest Coral Reef in The Philippines, Apo Reef

Reef fish and other marine species can breathe easier with the introduction of a fishing ban around Apo Reef, the largest coral reef in the Philippines and the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.


Cusco, Peru Bans GM Products To Protect Diversity Of Native Potatoes

The regional government of Cusco, Peru has banned genetically modified (GM) products in the region to protect the diversity of thousands of native potato varieties and other Andean food crops.


Marmot Dam, Oregon’s largest dam, is being removed: salmon and wildlife habitat and public recreation to benefit

A blast of explosives cracked the concrete face of Marmot Dam on the Sandy River on July 24, 2007, beginning its demolition and ushering in a new era for Oregon’s Sandy River Basin.


Elephant Sanctuary in the United States Provides 2, 700 Acre Haven for 19 Elephants

The Elephant Sanctuary founded in 1995 in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants.


New Security for Coral Reefs: Red and Pink Corals Get United Nations Trade Protection

 Trade in red and pink corals prized as jewelry for 5,000 years will be restricted to try to help the species recover after drastic over-exploitation, a United Nations wildlife conference, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),  agreed on June 15, 2007.


Wings over Wetlands: New Protection for Birds from Wetland and Waterbird Conservation Initiatives

The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project launched on November 20, 2006, is the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative ever to take place in the African-Eurasian region.


Decoded Sea Urchin Genome Shows Surprising Relationship to Humans

"Unraveling the sea urchin genome has yielded striking similarities and surprising differences between sea urchins and humans," said Judith Venuti, program director in NSF's Integrative Organismal Biology Division.


Horizon International and Butterfly Conservation in Assam, India, Successfully Launch Initiative

The primary objective of the programme has been to initiate people into the fantastic world of butterflies and to encourage them to get involved in butterfly study and conservation. 


Accelerating Loss of Ocean Species Threatens Human Well-being

In a study published in the November 3 issue of the journal, Science, an international group of ecologists and economists show that the loss of biodiversity is profoundly reducing the ocean’s ability to produce seafood, resist diseases, filter pollutants, and rebound from stresses such as over fishing and climate change


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.


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