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World Environment Day - June 5

Every year on June 5, World Environment Day is celebrated, which is the largest event dedicated to nature conservation.

Since its celebration, for the first time in 1972, people have organized thousands of events - from cleaning the neighborhood and countering wildlife crimes, to afforestation and restoration of existing forests.

The theme of World Environment Day 2017 - "Connecting people with nature", draws attention and calls to go out into nature, to appreciate its beauty and value and to protect our planet Earth.

Information for the World Environment Day 2017 (in Bulgarian and in English ) .

Official Earth Day website - http://worldenvironmentday.global/

Initiatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water dedicated to the Environment Day

Conducted events by the structures of the Ministry of Environment and Water for the Environment Day

International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May


The world’s natural capital is worth US$125 trillion per year, a figure that exceeds global GDP. The food we eat, the clean air we breathe, our water, medicine, and places for recreation – all depend on nature. Yet, we have historically ignored nature’s v

UNDP and our partners invite you to learn how to make a business case for financing nature by joining our upcoming Massive Online Open Course on Biodiversity Finance, a free seven-week course, offered in English, Spanish, French and Russian. This course will teach participants how to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance; conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals; and develop a biodiversity finance plan with the most suitable finance solutions for tackling persistent finance gaps.

The course runs from 15 April through 31 May 2019 and is designed to train biodiversity policymakers and practitioners on how to use the language of business and finance to make a business case for conserving biodiversity as a means of achieving national economic priorities.

 You can find the registration links here:  EnglishFrenchSpanishRussian. Participants who do not have a Learning for Nature account must create an account here prior to registering for the course. 
You can view the Course trailer here, see the Registration announcement here, and find the Promotional package here.

 We would be grateful if you could share this information about the course with your networks, including on social media. Thank you in advance for your support, and we hope to see you online in 2 short weeks!

The Designation and Management of Ramsar Sites

“The Designation and Management of Ramsar Sites” new guidebook is now available on the Ramsar Convention website.

The guidebook was produced for those involved in the designation and management of Ramsar Sites and it is based on materials identified by the Ramsar Secretariat and the Convention’s experts and partners.

The guidebook includes simplified information on the process how to designate a Ramsar Site. It is written in a simple, non-technical language so that it can reach out to, and be adapted by many stakeholders working within Ramsar Sites. The process of designation is linked also to a four-stage management cycle. It includes five case studies that provide supplementary information for several steps in the Ramsar Site designation and management process.

The document provides also guidance on how management of Ramsar Sites can contribute to the implementation of the Ramsar Convention Strategic Plan 2016 – 2024 and other international processes.

The publication was developed by the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Ramsar Convention Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), and WWT Consulting.

Global wetland outlook. State of the world’s wetlands and their services to people 2018

The Global Wetland Outlook, provides an overview of the status of wetlands, pressures, and trends around the world, and highlights the measures that Contracting Parties are taking to reverse the ongoing decline in the area and quality of wetlands.

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