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El Hierro, Canary Islands

Islands and coasts high on the EU maritime agenda

The European Commission has just adopted its programme on an Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The programme proposes 20 actions for a total amount of 40 million euros to support the sustainable use of the seas and oceans, and the expansion of scientific knowledge, recognizing the role of the coastal, insular and outermost regions of the EU. …  

21 Mar 2012 | News story

Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) on South Sandwich Islands

A duty to fulfil

"They are more exotic than the gulls, gannets and terns of Britain's home coastlines, but many of the fascinating and charismatic species of birds on the remote shores of UK overseas territories are now close to extinction. In a report to the government, the RSPB warns 33 species of birds, including penguins, parrots and albatrosses, are now critically endangered across the remnants of the empire. And that means we have a duty to fulfil," writes Robin McKie of the Guardian. …  

20 Mar 2012 | News story

El Hierro, Canary Islands

EU overseas example to us all, says European Commission

The European Commission has published a video-presentation on EU action to support its Outermost Regions (ORs): Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Reunion Island, Saint-Martin, Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

Sundarbans mangrove forest.

Advancing carbon measurements in mangrove forest

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an IUCN member, has just published a new report ‘Protocols for the measurement, monitoring and reporting of structure, biomass and carbon stocks in mangrove forests’ and highlights the alarming rate of mangrove loss.  

15 Mar 2012 | Article

Cambodia

World Water Forum: nature takes centre stage

Natural ‘infrastructure’ such as river basins, forests, lakes and wetlands, plays a key role in addressing today’s global water needs and must be an integral part of every country’s water management portfolio, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the World Water Forum starting in Marseille on Monday 12 March. …   | French | Spanish

10 Mar 2012 | News story

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IUCN defines its marine and polar programme

  IUCN marine experts and those from partner organizations converged in Zanzibar from 5 to 9 March, 2012  to develop the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme (GMPP) for 2013 – 2016 and a new Coastal and Marine Programme for IUCN in the Eastern and Southern African Region (ESARO). …  

09 Mar 2012 | News story
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Mangrove coastline in Mozambique

IUCN Regions and Global Marine and Polar Programme set course for cooperation on global coasts

Representatives from IUCN Secretariat, Commissions, Membership and Council met in Zanzibar from March 5-9, 2012 to strengthen collaboration on coastal work and set priorities for the coming 5 years.  Participants learned that an impressive array of coastal activities are already being implemented across the globe but key areas of closer cooperation for future project development were identified. …  

09 Mar 2012 | Article

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

Blue Carbon Policy - revisited

The International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group, co-organized by IUCN and Conservation International, revisited Blue Carbon policy recommendations. The revised Blue Carbon Policy Framework 2.0 outlines new and revised activities needed to include coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into climate change mitigation policies and financing processes, taking into account the outcomes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban and other relevant fora. …  

06 Mar 2012 | News story

Marine Park of the Glorieuses

France 1-1 UK

At the end of February 2012, France and UK announced new marine protected areas (MPA) in their overseas territories. France has created the Marine Park of the Glorieuses as part of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF) located in Indian Ocean, while the UK have declared an MPA around the South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands in the Southern Ocean.  …  

06 Mar 2012 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

Best in Europe!

Tune in to a FRANCE Ô radio programme on how the European Union (EU) addresses environmental challenges in its Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories and learn more about the EU’s Preparatory Action for BEST, a Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in these islands and regions spread across the world.  …  

05 Mar 2012 | News story