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One Solution to Global Overfishing Found

A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups on more than 40 coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans indicates that 'co-management' -- a collaborative arrangement between local communities, conservation groups, and governments -- provides a solution to a vexing global problem: overfishing.
"We found clear evidence of people's ability to overcome the 'tragedy of the commons' by making and enforcing their own rules for managing fisheries, This is particularly encouraging because of the perceived failure of many open-access and top-down government-controlled attempts to manage fisheries around the world. More importantly, we have identified the conditions that allow people to make co-management successful, providing vital guidance for conservation groups, donors, and governments as to what arrangements are most likely to work."
- team leader Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, Australia

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Canadian, U.S Partners Protect Parcel Along Wild and Historic Lake Superior Tributary

Nature Conservancy, Sun May 29, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Ontario, Canada - Some 750 acres (304 hectares) along the Pigeon River, a key undeveloped tributary of Lake Superior, will be added to Ontario's protected areas system, establishing a corridor from the Pigeon River Provincial Park west to La Verendrye Provincial Park.

WWF/World Bank Forest Alliance launches ambitious program to reduce deforestation, illegal logging

World Wildlife Fund, Fri May 27, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York City - WWF and the World Bank (WB) today announced an ambitious global program aimed at reducing global deforestation rates by 10% by 2010.

Lemon Bay Preserve Protection Advances With Purchase of Bayfront Parcel

The Nature Conservancy, Sun May 22, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sarasota, FL - On Tuesday, a piece of bayfront property that serves as habitat for the Florida scrub-jay, gopher tortoise and other rare species is set to be protected by Sarasota County with the help of The Nature Conservancy.

U.S. Forest Products Industry, Environmental Organizations Partner for Tsunami Reconstruction

World Wildlife Fund, Sun May 22, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Two global conservation groups and the U.S. forest products industry have formed a unique partnership to help the tsunami-stricken people of Indonesia rebuild their lives without destroying the already threatened tropical forests of Sumatra.

Study Reveals Smog Clearing Properties Of Atmosphere

University of California, Wed May 18, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Diego, CA - Chemists at the University of California, San Diego and Purdue University have discovered that natural chemical processes in the atmosphere may be removing smog and other damaging hydrocarbons at a faster rate than once believed.

NASA & NOAA Set To Launch New Environmental Satellite

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Sat May 07, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Greenbelt, MD - NASA is set to launch the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES), another critical link in the development of a global Earth-observation program.

Critical Waterfowl Habitat Protected

Nature Conservancy, Fri May 06, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Greenland, New Hampshire - Canada geese, black ducks, mallards and other waterfowl have long enjoyed the Smith family’s cornfield on Great Bay in Greenland during their annual migrations. Now that essential stop on their journey is permanently protected from development.

Nation’s Leaders Take a Stand For Wildlife

Teaming With Wildlife, Fri May 06, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - In a strong, bipartisan show of support for America's wildlife, 128 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 55 Senators (more than half) have signed letters urging a substantial increase in funding for wildlife conservation.

Corporate America, Activists & Circumventing Washington: A New Approach to Environmental Lobbying

Rainforest Action Network, Thu May 05, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York City - On April 25, the New York-based banking giant J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. joined the ranks of a select group of firms in the financial sector who have adopted environment policies with an increased focus on more ecologically responsible business practices.

The Nature Conservancy Partners with State, County, Town to Preserve 308-Acre Rare Forest

The Nature Conservancy, Tue April 26, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York City - In partnership with New York State, Suffolk County, and the Town of Southampton, The Nature Conservancy announced today the permanent preservation of a 308-acre parcel of globally rare forest, located in the heart of the Pine Barrens region, in Westhampton, Long Island.

Glacial Ridge Becomes Nation’s Newest Wildlife Refuge

The Nature Conservancy, Sat April 02, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Minneapolis, MN - The nation's largest tallgrass prairie and wetland reconstruction project will form the heart of the country's newest wildlife refuge - the 35,000-acre Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, the partners in the project announced today.

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