Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
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Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
The Caucasus is one of the most diverse places on earth, with more species per acre than any other temperate zone. Leopards still roam here, only a few hours from central Europe, and conservation strategy is one of the few examples of inter-country collaboration in this region. A fascinating blend of culture, society and traditional life set in a history of fragmentation and conflict.
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Environmental Security in Azerbaijan

Environmental Security in Azerbaijan | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Speaking at the presentation Mohamed Sheikh highlighted the increasing role of Azerbaijan in regional and global policy, and briefed the attendees on bringing many geo-economic, transport and energy projects to fruition in the country. He also underscored importance of activities as part of the IDEA Environment Campaign.  The South Caucasus is one of the regions with rich agro-biodiversity and is very senstive to climate change.  This report highlghts recent progress on environmental issues in the country.

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Dozens of new species discovered in the heart of Europe

Dozens of new species discovered in the heart of Europe | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

 Josef Rusek, a scientist, from the Czech Academy of Sciences has discovered fifteen to twenty new species of insects in the Sumava mountains in the Czech Republic.  “We are used to hearing similar news from Amazonia or from the tropical rainforests of South-East Asia. The latest discovery shows that also in Europe there is still a lot to find,“

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Animals without borders

Animals without borders | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

In A rare bit of good news for wildlife in Africa, last week saw the launch of the world's biggest conservation area stretching across five southern African countries—Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Call for Proposals: Production Grants to Individuals | Documentary Photography Project

The Open Society Foundations announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

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Armenians of Norway to Support Activists Protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut Forest

Armenians of Norway to Support Activists Protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut Forest | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The representatives of Armenian Diaspora in Norway have sent an open letter which supports activists protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut forest. The letter says: With this letter we, Armenians of Norway, convey our fullest support to your green activism....

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Lydian Received Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for Amoulsar Mine

Lydian Received Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for Amoulsar Mine | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Lydian International Company has received environmental impact assessment approval for the Company’s planned processing of gold-silver using cyanidation-leaching technology at the Amoulsar mine....

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Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project

Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The Armenia Tree Project's 18-year-long effort to reforest the Caucasus country with tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development was rewarded this week with a $1.2 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Forests in Armenia Preserved Only On Paper

Forests in Armenia Preserved Only On Paper | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
How much forest is remained in Armenia? It may sound surprising, but there is no reply to this question.
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EBRD and Armenian Ministry of Energy Sign Sustainable Energy Action Plan

EBRD and Armenian Ministry of Energy Sign Sustainable Energy Action Plan | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting its support to Armenia to improve the country’s energy efficiency and lower energy consumption
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Dam Projects Face Resistance in Georgia

Dam Projects Face Resistance in Georgia | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Georgian authorities are promising that 15 new hydroelectric power stations will create thousands of jobs and improve energy provision, but environmentalists and residents of the villages to be flooded have voiced strong objections.

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Turkey: A New Project Taps into Honey's Tourism Potential

Turkey: A New Project Taps into Honey's Tourism Potential | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Tasting organic wildflower honey, sleeping in yurts and long walks through eastern Turkey’s pristine countryside – each one of these on their own sounds like an enticing activity.
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The RSPB and Tesco unite to protect rainforests

The RSPB and Tesco unite to protect rainforests | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and Tesco (one of the world's top five global retailers) have announced a ground-breaking partnership called ‘Together For Trees’ to help protect rainforests around the world.
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Illegal tree-cutting in Armenia reaches record high in 2011

Illegal tree-cutting in Armenia reaches record high in 2011 | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

In 2011, 1,690 trees were illegally cut down in Armenia, the National Statistical Service informs. And this is the greatest amount in recent years.

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Nature Brains: Environmental Education Pays Off for MPAs

Nature Brains: Environmental Education Pays Off for MPAs | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
What's the price of a good marine education? Turns out it's just $24/year, according to a new study by Nature Conservancy scientists.
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Costa Rica Leading the Way in Incentivizing Protection of Nature

Costa Rica Leading the Way in Incentivizing Protection of Nature | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

As global economic and environmental struggles continue to make headlines, perhaps the world should look toward Costa Rica for answers. In the last 25 years, the country has tripled its GDP while doubling the size of its forests; it has also pledged to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation by 2021. 

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Entertainment Complex To Be Built on Land of Forest Fund

The Armenian government adopted a decision that the category of two land areas in Ijevan Community will be changed. These land areas with a total of 1.3664 ha should be used for the construction of an entertainment center whilst previously protected as forest land..

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Half of Nature’s Most Important Sites Remain Unprotected

Half of Nature’s Most Important Sites Remain Unprotected | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

New research led by BirdLife International on the effectiveness of protected areas offers both good and bad news: While protected areas do appear to be working, half of nature’s most important sites remain unprotected. Around 13 percent of Earth’s land surface and less than 2 percent of its ocean are currently covered by protected areas,

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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 20, 2012 - Fires and snow in the Caucasus

NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 20, 2012 - Fires and snow in the Caucasus | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Interesting footage of the weather in the Caucasus - spring is not yet here!

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A Rare Approach to Conservation

A Rare Approach to Conservation | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Rare CEO Brett Jenks gave an entertaining presentation at the 2011 WWF Fuller Symposium, outlining how Rare uses social marketing and community engagement to change behaviors that threaten habitats and livelihoods around the world.
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Saving Biodiversity: A $300 Billion-a-year Challenge

Saving Biodiversity: A $300 Billion-a-year Challenge | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Saving biodiversity -- the vast and essential variety of the natural world -- will be expensive, at an estimated $300 billion a year for the next eight years. But losing it would cost even more, in terms of disease, hunger, poverty and diminished resilience to climate change, according to the new chief of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

 

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Promoting Gender Equality through Conservation

Promoting Gender Equality through Conservation | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations Development Program, women produce anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the world’s food, yet they own only 10 percent of the world’s land.  The development and conservation communities are now paying closer attention to the roles that women can play in sustainable development solutions.

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Azerbaijan, UN sign project on climate change risks

The objective of the proposed project is to reduce vulnerability of the communities of the Greater Caucasus region of Azerbaijan to water stress and hazards by improved water and flood management.

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The Black Triangle of European Biodiversity: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic

The Black Triangle of European Biodiversity: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
European countries have not been successful in their long-term fight against the loss of biological diversity. The return of many animal species, mainly large carnivores, is being held back because of three countries: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
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Turkey hopes 58,000-acre wildlife corridor will bolster wolves, bears, and lynxes

Turkey hopes 58,000-acre wildlife corridor will bolster  wolves, bears, and lynxes | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
In Turkey, where conservation tends to get short shrift, environmentalists are excited about a plan to create a 58,000-acre wildlife corridor in hopes of bolstering dwindling populations of wolves, bears, and lynxes.
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Do We Need a New Conservation Movement?

Do We Need a New Conservation Movement? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Sanjayan, Gernot Wagner and Hazel Wong debate whether green actions lead to anything.
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