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IUCN at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

At the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland 8 to 13 May 2011, IUCN will be calling for policies to strengthen the resilience of communities to cope with disasters through effective management of natural resources. …  

02 May 2011 | Event

Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

Blue gold

The oceans already provide goods and services worth billions. But if we need any more reason to protect them, just imagine the vast untapped potential they offer for scientific innovation, not least in the areas of renewable energy and medical research. …  

01 May 2011 | News story

Arctic

On thin ice: Vulnerable Arctic treasures identified

A report released today identifies 13 of the richest and most vulnerable places in the Arctic Ocean that should be considered for protection as summer sea ice melts and industrial activity expands into newly accessible areas. …  

27 Apr 2011 | News story

Bonaire National Marine Park manager Ramon de Leon surveying coral reefs

Improving MPA management in Bonaire

IUCN has published a study on the various resilience characteristics of the coral reefs in the Bonaire National Marine Park. It includes results on resilience indicators, benthic cover, coral population structure, algae populations and fish community structure which can determine how the coral reefs respond to climate change threats. The aim of the study is to provide information on how to incorporate resilience information and climate change responses into the Marine Protected Area (MPA) design and management, especially given the recent bleaching event that occurred in 2010-2011.
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26 Apr 2011 | News story

Six Senses, Phuket,Thailand

Top ten tips for eco-tourists

With many people starting to plan their annual holidays, IUCN has released a list of top ten tips for tourists who want to visit some of the most beautiful natural sites in the world without damaging the environment. Tips range from choosing eco-hotels and being mindful of your carbon footprint to avoiding buying souvenirs made from Endangered species and making sure you know that what you’re eating isn’t under threat. …  

21 Apr 2011 | International news release

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BEST: Catalytic impact for Europe overseas

All actors have to join forces to make BEST a success, and the funding available should be used strategically for action oriented projects. This was the major call of the first meeting on the support for BEST, a voluntary scheme to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe overseas. The meeting was hosted at the European Parliament on the 11 April 2011. …   | French

21 Apr 2011 | News story

Blue carbon

Degraded coastal wetlands contribute to climate change

Drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly to the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration, a new report has found. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

The first forest nursery – April 2002

Reforesting Saint Helena

A forest restoration project on St Helena, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, has been presented with a major UK conservation award. Since 2002, the local community has planted over 10,000 endangered Gumwood trees that are found nowhere else in the world to reinstate the native forest of 250 hectares. …  

05 Apr 2011 | News story

Oil-soaked Northern Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi)  in the rehabilitation shed

Endangered penguins in rehab

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSBP), an IUCN Member, other conservationists and volunteers, are working hard to save a colony of threatened Northern Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi) after a devastating oil spill in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. …  

29 Mar 2011 | News story

Seagrass, Madagascar

Urgent action needed to protect Earth’s blue carbon

The destruction of coastal carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes, is leading to rapid and long-lasting emissions of CO2 into the ocean and atmosphere, according to 32 of the world’s leading marine scientists. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story