October

St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa

Natural ecosystems and protected areas – convenient solutions to the climate change crisis

World decision makers are paying inadequate attention to one of the strongest global tools in combating climate change, says a consortium of powerful international environmental organisations. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Tree Planting in Doi Mae Salong

When the army does conservation – doing it differently in Thailand

Thailand’s armed forces are involved in an uncharacteristic activity—a major conservation program in cooperation with the local community. Bob Fisher and Tawatchai Rattnasorn report. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Serpiente

El “gran plan” para la naturaleza requiere un fuerte compromiso

Los dirigentes mundiales necesitarán visión y voluntad política para hacer que la humanidad pueda vivir en armonía con la naturaleza, dice la UICN. Este llamado llega en vísperas de la apertura de importantes negociaciones para detener la pérdida exponencial de biodiversidad, que amenaza en última instancia la existencia de toda la vida en la Tierra. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: University of California Natural Reserve System

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) is the largest university-managed reserve system in the world with 36 reserves protecting more than 135,000 acres across the state for research, teaching, and public service. As such, the University is perfectly positioned to play a leadership role in increasing awareness of, and galvanising responses to, the global and regional biodiversity crises. In 2010, the NRS renewed its commitment to biodiversity issues by providing refuges for endangered and threatened species. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Protect nature – and let it protect us!

Protected areas are one of the most effective tools for conserving biodiversity and offer natural solutions to some of today’s major challenges: water quality and shortages, climate change, natural disasters, health and sustainable livelihoods. But will those taking part in the meeting in Nagoya recognize their value and the urgent need to increase most needed investments in them? …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Paruku Indigenous Protected Area

Putting plans to work: IUCN's commitment to protected areas.

“Helping to establish a global network of protected areas has been one of the greatest successes achieved to date by Parties to the CBD” claims Trevor Sandwith, the new Head of the IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme, speaking at the Convention on Biological Diversity Meeting of Parties in Nagoya, Japan. “National parks, wilderness areas, biological corridors, areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities are the world’s best biodiversity conservation tools and essential for human wellbeing and security”. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story
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Natural Ecosystems and Protected areas – Convenient Solutions to the Climate Change Crisis

World decision makers are paying inadequate attention to one of the strongest global tools in combating climate change says a consortium of powerful international environmental organisations. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story
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Success story of the day: Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) launched a unique initiative called “The Local Government + Biodiversity 2010 Network” to promote habitat protection and improvement among local authorities and facilitate the interaction between local people and institutions. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Participants, Almora RCCH Workshop, 17 Sept 2010

IUCN Initiates Dialogue on Black Carbon by Establishing an Indian Round Table on Climate Change in Himalayas (RCCH)

As black carbon and non-CO2 gases are not limited by borders, it was proposed that the Five Himalayan countries Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, together with certain other global agencies, should form a collective to formulate and execute a joint strategy for mitigation of climate change in the Himalayas, in general, and tackling the emission of Black Carbon and other non-CO2 gases in particular. A joint strategy by the five countries will have tremendous advantages. It will ensure that there is an integrated, time-bound approach in tackling the issue with active involvement of other concerned International Agencies. In this regard, a workshop was organized by IUCN in partnership with GBPIHED, Uttarakhand Forest Department and Environment and Health Foundation, India on 17th September in Almora. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean

Fading fast: 2010 expedition examines the worrying state of Indian Ocean coral reefs

IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean. …   | French

15 Oct 2010 | News story