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Ocean conservation, island lifestyle

Conservation starts at home and includes conserving energy and water as well as reducing the use of plastic bags and plastic utensils.Marine resources should also be protected.

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Assessment of management effectiveness for Papua New Guinea's protected areas : 2017

This is the final report prepared by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) for submission to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Papua New Guinea Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) in relation to the 2016-17 assessment of the management effectiveness of Papua New Guinea's protected areas. All the 57 gazetted protected areas in PNG are covered in this report, along with one proposed protected area that is in the process of gazettal.

Ramsar Sites Management Toolkit

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has compiled a new toolkit for site managers. This toolkit was designed to provide simple guidance to site managers on the key steps and components involved in managing a Ramsar Site. It also identifies and provides links to more detailed information on each of those steps, including key non-Ramsar publications where appropriate. The toolkit was developed by the Scientific Technical Review Panel and will be continuously updated with new resources.

The toolkit is divided into four sections:

1. Describing the site

2. Planning

PALRC Scholarships - 2018 Scholarships now Open

The Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC) is proud to launch the new round of scholarships for students undertaking study in 2018. Applications for this round close 30 April 2018.

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Free Webinar: PANORAMA webinar: Solutions from natural World Heritage sites

IUCN will mark World Heritage Day with a PANORAMA webinar focussing on nature’s iconic treasures. Natural World Heritage sites are internationally recognised as the planet’s most significant protected areas, yet they face increasing threats, as shown by the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2 launched recently. 

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Balancing conservation and social equity

Researchers with the EU-funded TRECKQUITY project have developed a new approach for tracking the achievement of multidimensional social equity in the world’s protected areas.

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PROTECTED AREAS: challenges and responses for the coming decade

This is the first of a new series of dialogues from Equilibrium Research, in light of current opportunities and pressures on protected areas, building up to the revision of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s biodiversity targets in 2020, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and wider patterns of economic and social development. The views are those of the authors and represent no other organisation or institution.