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Local dolphin day celebration in Saphanhin village, February 2016

Local communities in Thailand pledge to save threatened species on dolphin day celebration

In February 2016, local communities and dolphin conservation networks in Laem Klat, Trat Province, Thailand, came together for their annual dolphin day celebration in an effort to protect coastal dolphin populations that have come under increasing pressure in recent years. For the local fishing communities, dolphins are a symbol of good luck and are often cited as indicators of a healthy, abundant ecosystem. …  

19 May 2016 | Article

Cover 'Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends'

Key hotspots of species loss and water risks identified in new transboundary river basins report

On 22 May the global community marked ‘International Biodiversity Day’, celebrating the variety of life on earth. Yet, extinction risks range from moderate to very high in 70% of transboundary river basins, according to a new study: Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends. Climate change, population growth and geopolitical tensions between states sharing waterways are identified as key causes driving the increased risk of species extinction. …  

18 May 2016 | News story

Upernavik Town, Greenland

U.S. – Nordic Leaders “committed to managing the Arctic region with an ecosystem-based approach”

Following the U.S.-Nordic meeting in 2013 in Stockholm where the United States and the Nordic countries committed to joining and implementing the Paris Agreement, further steps have been taken in providing leadership on climate finance and science-based goals to protect the Arctic and its people. …  

18 May 2016 | Article

Coral bleaching in Chumphon Province, Thailand

Thailand unveils coral bleaching response plan amidst looming climate change threats

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) in cooperation with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and IUCN has unveiled a framework response for the proactive monitoring and management of coral bleaching to minimize the impacts of climate change in critical marine areas. A taskforce consisting of DMCR, other relevant government agencies, universities and IUCN has been formed to provide concrete recommendations for swift management actions. This is in response to the third global coral bleaching event that had devastating effects in the northern part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. …  

18 May 2016 | Article

Adoption of the Message from Guadeloupe

Message from Guadeloupe – have your say!

Following the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change that took place in October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island, you are invited to contribute to an open and participatory monitoring on the progress made on the Message from Guadeloupe - a 5-year roadmap defining commitments and strategic actions to counter biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (ORs and OCTs).  …   | French

17 May 2016 | Article

Shark

IUCN and National Geographic Society Join Forces for IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

Partnership will highlight pressing conservation issues and ways to solve them. …   | French | Spanish

03 May 2016 | News story

Call for medium grants now open

Launch of the second Medium Grant call for proposals for EU's Overseas Countries and Territories stakeholders

Indian Ocean, Polar/Sub-polar and South Atlantic regions are now able to seek funding for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). …  

02 May 2016 | Article

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

Fishing boat, New Caledonia

Launch of the second Small Grant call for proposals for EU's Overseas Countries and Territories stakeholders

Sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding.  …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article

Special Report on the Ocean to be produced by the Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change (IPCC) with support of the Prince Albert II Foundation

IUCN is pleased to announce that its Patron for Nature HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, through his Foundation, has approached the IPCC (Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change) during its 41st session in February 2015, asking it to produce a Special Report on the Ocean, which marks a major milestone for Planet Ocean. …  

20 Apr 2016 | News story

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