Shailyn Drukis

Meet an inspiring new generation of conservationists!

Young people all over the world are active for conserving nature, in and around protected areas. Many of them played an active role in the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. Here, we portray some of them, acknowledging their leadership and inspiring work. …  

09 Jun 2015 | Article

Hon'ble Minister Capt. Abhimanyu

Leaders for Nature India Masterclass; Eco-Restoration Opportunities to Reduce Water Stress of Gurgaon & Faridabad

 "We can build more cities but we can never rebuild the Aravilli range and its environmental, social and economic values" said Hon'ble Minister Capt. Abhimanyu. …  

09 Jun 2015 | Article

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Balaji explaining kayking as a new way to explore local nature

Vedharajan Balaji - kayaking down India's coast to inspire communities for restoring mangroves

Vedharajan Balaji is a young conservationist from India, with an incredible amount of energy and determination for protecting nature. He works with communities in Tamil Nadu to restore mangroves and raise awareness amongst students. Thanks to his inspiring work, he won the "Pushing Boundaries" challenge of the WCPA young professionals group in the run-up to the IUCN World Parks Congress. His work has also been promoted as an "Inspiring Protected Area Solution" through the Panorama initiative.

Here, Balaji tells the exciting story about how he found his way into conservation through epic motorcycle and kayak journeys. …  

08 Jun 2015 | Article

Whale sharks are classified as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Maharashtra rises to the challenges of whale shark conservation

Marking a significant start to whale shark conservation in Maharashtra, the Mangrove Cell, Forest Department of Maharashtra, and IUCN India collaboratively organised a stakeholder workshop for the development of a management and conservation plan for whale sharks in Maharashtra. This is the first of its kind for a marine species in the state. The workshop was held in Mumbai on 30 May 2015, and brought together conservation experts, industries, fisher community leaders and Government representatives.   …  

03 Jun 2015 | Article

Marine pollution is a serious threat that needs addressing - NCB India aims to highlight this issue widely.

National Coordination Body on Mangroves for Future calls for action to restore health of our oceans

Mangroves for Future is a regional initiative to restore Mangroves across 11 countries including India. This programme is steered by respective Governments in association with scientific institutions, private sector, and international organizations. In India, the National Coordination Body (NCB) is chaired by Shri Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC). …  

30 Apr 2015 | Article

Seagrass beds support hundreds of marine organisms

Putting a price on the seagrass wetlands of Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu

IUCN India, in partnership with the GIZ and the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, are implementing a project to economically valuate the ecosystem services provided by the seagrass beds of Palk Bay. This is the first time a project of this nature will be undertaken for seagrasses in India. …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

Women from the JLGs discussing livelihood interventions.

Building opportunities for fisher-women in Tamil Nadu: the power of micro-financing

Up t 87% of the poorest households in India do not have access to credit; 380 million are in need of microfinance services. Unequal education opportunities and access to business prospects has resulted in stunted economic security, particularly amongst women in coastal communities. This is where Small Grant Facility projects in India, under the Mangrove for the Future initiative (implemented by IUCN), are making a difference.  …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

An IMFFS prototype pond in Tamil Nadu

An integrated fisheries mangrove approach to addressing food security and poverty allieviation in coastal India

Aquaculture around the world has grown at an impressive rate in the last decade. It has helped to produce more fish, kept the prices of fish relatively stable, and made seafood more accessible to consumers. With over 16% of global animal protein sourced from fish, and rising trends in demand for good quality seafood, aquaculture must step up to meet the need. However, producing more fish sustainably without degrading the environment and depleting natural resources remains a challenge. Irresponsible and destructive aquaculture practices continue to threaten the industry. In India shrimp aquaculture met with devastating consequences in the 1990s as a result of disease outbreaks, leaving hundreds without livelihoods. In 1996 the Supreme Court put a halt to intensive shrimp farming; 60% of landowners were forced to abandon their farms. Investment is needed in India and around Asia, to implement newer, eco-friendly technologies and models, and their adaptation to local conditions. …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

Youth plant mangroves near the Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest, Orissa, India

Mangroves pivotal to protection of Bengal communities

A study has revealed that rice croplands which are protected by mangroves provide a stronger resistance to cyclones and therefore help support human lives in countries affected by tropical weather conditions. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans
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