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Slovenia Environmental Performance Reviews
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The ECE Committee on Environmental Policy launched the Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia in January 1996. Two months later, the preparatory mission for the project was organized, and a team of both national and ECE experts was formed to carry out the review.


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1997

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Financial indicators and targets for protected areas
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

Drawing upon the results of a three year project at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, this paper examines national investment in protected areas as a financial indicator for biodiversity conservation. An overview of the existing data on financial indicators and targets for biodiversity conservation is presented, including the recently completed global survey of government budgets for protected areas by the WCMC. The paper then discusses the methodological issues involved in standardizing data on investment in protected areas, the setting of target investment levels, and ways to improve the future collection of such information. The discussion is conducted within the framework of the upcoming national reports by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the specific objective of establishing financial indicators from the data included in the national reports.


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A global overview of forest protected areas on the World Heritage List.
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

This working paper provides a global overview of the current coverage of forest protected areas on the World Heritage List and suggests potential forest areas which may merit future nomination to this prestigious List. Despite the essential role that forests play in climate control, flora and fauna habitat, and in the lives of the human population, they continue to be one of the most threatened biomes. Recent estimates indicate that nearly 50% of the world's original forest cover has been lost and over 4.000 tree species have been listed by lUCN as globally threatened. This working paper identifies the 61 forest protected areas currently on the World Heritage List, representing 39 countries and over 50 million ha of protected area. It further locates 25 potential forest protected areas from various global regions which may merit future World Heritage nomination. The 61 sites are categorized by forest type (tropical moist, tropical dry. sub-tropical, temperate and boreal) and biogeographical realm and numbered to provide the reader easy reference to the tables, figures and maps.


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1997 United Nations List of Protected Areas
World Conservation Monitoring Centre, International Union for Conservation for the Nature and Natural Resources

The United Nations List of Protected Areas is an essential reference document for ail who want to understand the progress made in responding to the challenges of biodiversity loss and other environmental threats around the world. It is a record of extraordinary human achievement over 125 years - a commitment by nations, peoples, groups and individuals to safeguard areas of land and sea from destruction. Protected areas represent human ideals at their best - they express a long term vision and a broad sense of responsibility towards people and nature.


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