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Magic Porthole Coral Reef Contest Winners Announced

Horizon International today announced the winners of its coral reef contest, the Magic Porthole’s First Environment Achievement Contest held in honor of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2008.


UN Action Plan Year of the Gorilla Boosts Goals of Tayna Gorilla Reserve in Congo

Five years ago, Kakule Vwirasihikya's and his colleagues’ established the 225,000-acre Tayna Gorilla Reserve which protects gorillas, elephants, and leopards while providing many locals with jobs and education. Its community college, Tayna Center for Conservation Biology (TCCB), proudly announced on January 8, 2009, that it now has 220 graduates in natural resource management and conservation. 


Asia-Pacific Nations Agree to Reduce Catches of Bigeye Tuna by 30 Percent by 2011

Asia-Pacific nations have agreed to cut their catches of bigeye tuna by 30 percent by 2011 in order to help preserve the fish that is popular in the region served raw as sushi and sashimi.


Qatar and United Nations (UN) Pave Way for Environmentally-Friendly, Paper-Free Events

Paper-free or near paperless conferences may soon be in sight under a pioneering initiative by the Government of Qatar and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), announced on November 16th, 2008.


From a “Red Bush,” Rooibos, Opportunity Is Born in South African Village

With her background in botany, Smith thought of using rooibos – a plant that is a popular tea product and is known across the globe for its medicinal properties.


Mysterious Microbe Plays Important Role in Ocean Ecology: Leads scientists to rethink ocean's carbon and nitrogen cycles

An unusual microorganism discovered in the open ocean may force scientists to rethink their understanding of how carbon and nitrogen cycle through ocean ecosystems.


World’s National Parks and Protected Areas Now 0nLine for Everyone

 

A new online database that will allow scientists to arm-chair environmentalists monitor the world’s national parks and protected areas was launched on 6 October, 2008, at the 5th World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.


Ted Turner Announces First-Ever Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria at World Conservation Congress

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner joined the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to announce the first-ever globally relevant sustainable tourism criteria at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on October 6, 2008.


New Migratory Species Agreement to Conserve Small Whales, Dolphins and Manatees in Western Africa and Macaronesia

A new Memorandum of Understanding to conserve the West African Manatee and Small Whales in Western Africa and Macaronesia was concluded in Lomé, Togo, under the auspices of UNEP’s Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) on October 7, 2008.


Take a Five-Second Flight to Top Environmental Hot Spots: UNEP Uses Google Earth to Put You in Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service.

UNEP Uses Google Earth to Put You in Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service People can “fly” to some of the world’s most dramatic environmental hotspots courtesy of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)’s innovative use of the popular mapping tool Google Earth.


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