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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Members of United Nations agree to expand protected areas on land and at sea



Apparently representatives of United Nations member countries have agreed to an important resolution:Delegates from 193 countries at the U.N. Convention on Biodiversity agreed to protect 17 per cent of the world's land areas and 10 per cent of oceans by 2020. This will help maintain biodiversity:Currently, 13 per cent of the world's land areas and less than 1 per cent of marine areas are protected.

"Environmental groups welcomed the agreement, but said many of the targets were not bold enough."

source: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20101029/un-acts-for-protection-101029/

Source of image:WPDA.org

Well at least this is a start, if these representatives can agree on something, it can serve as a catalyst for more cooperation in the future to ensure the life on our planet is protected from exploitation and even extinction. For your information the

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

defines a protected area as:

"An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means."


To learn more about the International Union for Conservation of Nature please visit the following website:

 http://www.iucn.org/

This organization has created a "red list"  which  "identifies and documents those species most in need of conservation attention if global extinction rates are to be reduced; you can view this red list by going to the following website:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/ 

Please visit the following website to see which animals are on the current red list:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/photos/2010 


To learn more about the red list please visit this site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IUCN_Red_List 

An example of an animal which has recieved special status is the

Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi):

Source of image:http://www.longleat.co.uk/safari-park/animals-giraffe.html 

This species of giraffe has now been classified as Endangered by the IUCN, making it the second most threatened of the nine recognised giraffe subspecies. (source:http://www.arkive.org/news/20100819-rare-giraffe-added-to-iucn-red-list.html ).

 You can learn more about this giraffe species by visiting the following website:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_giraffe 

Here is a video which will show you a Rothschild giraffe:



source of video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKn32wOrRk

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