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International Trade in Shark Fins
International Union for Conservation ot Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Over the last few years there has been growing disquiet about the increasing numbers of sharks being fished and traded on domestic and world markets. A major buyer quoted in the New York Times (1989) said "The shark is the most utilised species of fish there is. You can sell its smile, its skin, its meat, its liver, its fins. It's a wonderful and awesome species". Ihe following account relates concerns arising from a reported upsurge in demand for shark products, but probably presents an over-simplification of the overall world situation, as it is based mainly on reports from the USA. A general difficulty was encountered in locating references which portray experiences in other parts of the world. There seemed to be conflicting observations in some of the literature reviewed, caused perhaps by regional differences in the abundance of sharks and in the markets for shark products. Due to these factors, it is difficult to gauge the present consensus of opinion on the shark's current global status


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1991
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Guidelines for general assessment of the status of human-induced soil degradation
United Nations Environment Programme

Guidelines for general assessment of the status of human induced soil degradation.


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1991
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Protected Areas of the World: a review of National Systems. Vol 2: Palearctic
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

This book is organised into national (or occasionally sub-national) accounts, each comprising a description of the national protected areas system, accompanied by a summary list and map of protected areas. The book is divided into three volumes, with volume one covering the Indomalayan, Oceanian, Australian and Antarctic realms, volume two the Palearctic and Afrotropical realms, and volume three the Nearctic and Neotropical realms. Publication of such a book serves two purposes. First, it provides extensive background information on the protected area systems of the world, relevant to several plenary sessions and workshops at the IV World Congress on National Parks and Protected Areas. In particular, it is a contribution to the third plenary session The Contributions of Protected Areas to Sustaining Society: A Global Review. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, it is also part of the process of information collection and verification. Feedback from protected areas professionals, and others familiar with protected areas, is therefore both welcomed and encouraged, because only by a continual process of review and update can we present a true picture.


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1991
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UNEP-Sponsored Programme for the Protection of Oceans and Coastal Areas: UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 135
United Nations Environment Programme

This document reviews the development of the UNEP-Sponsored programme for the protection of oceans and coastal areas since the 1982 review meeting and its planned future development in the light of relevant decisions governing the council (UNEP, RSRS17), and specifically of the decision 15/1 of the 15th session of UNEP Governing Council (Nairobi, 15-26 May 1989)


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1991
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Protected Areas of the World: a review of national systems. Vol 3: Afrotropical
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

This book is organised into national (or occasionally sub-national) accounts, each comprising a description of the national protected areas system, accompanied by a summary list and map of protected areas. The book is divided into three volumes, with volume one covering the Indomalayan, Oceanian, Australian and Antarctic realms, volume two the Palearctic and Afrotropical realms, and volume three the Nearctic and Neotropical realms. Publication of such a book serves two purposes. First, it provides extensive background information on the protected area systems of the world, relevant to several plenary sessions and workshops at the IV World Congress on National Parks and Protected Areas. In particular, it is a contribution to the third plenary session The Contributions of Protected Areas to Sustaining Society: A Global Review. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, it is also part of the process of information collection and verification. Feedback from protected areas professionals, and others familiar with protected areas, is therefore both welcomed and encouraged, because only by a continual process of review and update can we present a true picture.


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1991
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GESAMP: two decades of accomplishments
United Nations Environment Programme

This review of GESAMP's origin , working methods accomplishments during the more than twenty years of its existence .


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1991
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Environmental Impact Assessment: Sewage Treatment Plant for Port Said. UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 133
United Nations Environment Programme

The fourth ordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Genoa, September 1985), when considering the workplan of the Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAG) of the Mediterranean Action Plan,


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1991

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