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CBD COP12

SOS: A Powerful Tool for governments

Learn more about SOS – Save Our Species at a celebration on resource mobilisation with colleagues also from the CBD, CEPF and LifeWeb at the Rio Convention Pavilion Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 18:30– 20:00. …  

14 Oct 2014 | News story

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest: Open until 5 October

Don't miss your chance to participate in the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems photo contest - open until 5 October! …  

29 Sep 2014 | News story

Securing the sustainability of the Mount Elgon forest ecosystem, Kenya - Uganda

Protected areas in Uganda – reducing climate change impacts and supporting livelihoods

The reality of climate change and the risks it poses to communities and ecosystems is increasingly being felt across Africa, with one of the greatest risks being landslides. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

Fort Massachusetts on West Ship Island, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, was flooded after Hurricane Katrina

Nature, a wise investment – the Katrina story

In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline of the United States, flooding New Orleans and causing catastrophic damage to coastal communities in both states. Katrina still ranks as the costliest storm in US history, inflicting an estimated US$81 billion in damages and causing 1,836 deaths. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

Aerial view of Fire Island wilderness breach after Hurricane Sandy

Reducing the wrath of Hurricane Sandy

In the United States, thousands of miles of coastal national parks and wildlife refuges, made up of beaches, dunes and wetlands, provide natural storm protection for coastal communities. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

Sundarban mangroves

Recognising the power of wetlands

A wetland restoration project in the Sundarbans, a protected area shared by India and Bangladesh, is addressing climate change, protecting the coastline from floods while securing food and income for local communities. …  

17 Sep 2014 | Article

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

IUCN supports Global Ocean Commission petition for a new agreement on high seas protection: less than a week to go

On 21 September, the Global Ocean Commission will deliver a petition to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The document calls for a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure conservation and sustainable use of high seas resources. …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, at World Water Week 2014

Water and energy – life partners

World Water Week — the annual event focusing on water-related challenges — is underway in Stockholm, Sweden. IUCN is calling for increased cooperation between the water and energy sectors which is critical for sustainable development. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Accolade for IUCN’s work on assessing ecosystem risk

Forests, river basins, coral reefs, wetlands, mangroves — all provide us with clean air, food, water, defence against climate change impacts and a host of other benefits, yet many of these natural systems face unprecedented threats. …  

18 Aug 2014 | Article

11A-23-94, Michael Dvorak, CDF, Mangrove Finch

Know the enemy: lessons from the labs on Galapagos

It may be a little unfair to wage war on a fly. But for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), Philornis downsi, deserves it. This parasitic insect is in the unfortunate situation of being an invasive species – a relative newcomer to the Galapagos islands, and one whose own ecological niche is threatening the survival of endemic bird species. Particularly at risk are Darwin’s famed finches – especially the Critically Endangered mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates).   …  

06 Aug 2014 | News story