2013

Dena Cator, Programme Officer, Network Support, IUCN Species Programme.

Let science save the species

Dena Cator is best described as someone who connects people. Working for IUCN’s Global Species Programme, she acts as a link between the vast body of species experts in IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) and government representatives who make decisions on international environmental policy. …  

25 Feb 2013 | Article

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Building capacity for managing World Heritage

Managers from 10 World Heritage sites throughout Africa met at the IUCN ESARO regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya to reflect on and learn more about management effectiveness of natural World Heritage sites in Africa. The Africa Nature project, a collaborative effort by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN and the African World Heritage Fund, with financial support from the Governments of Flanders (Belgium) and Spain, convened this workshop. …  

25 Feb 2013 | Article
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IAS event

Invasive alien species: The biodiversity time bomb is ticking!

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) poses a significant threat to native biodiversity in Europe, as well as to our economy and health. They cause some 12.5 billion Euro worth of damage each year in the European Union alone. On 21 February, BirdLife and IUCN co-hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels to shed some light on this ticking time bomb ahead of the EU legislative proposal that is expected in March. The event was hosted by MEP Poc, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D) and supported by the European Habitats Forum. …  

22 Feb 2013 | News story

Mangrove guards

MANG: managing coastal wetlands

In Europe overseas, coastal wetlands are particularly fragile and threatened. These diverse ecosystems (mangroves, ponds and lagoons) provide numerous ecosystem services: nesting sites for shellfish and fish next to the coral reef, buffer zones for land pollution depuration, protection of coasts against hurricanes, carbon sinks, etc.   …  

22 Feb 2013 | Article
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Participants à la réunion GAPE-CSA-CARPE

CARPE-RDC : Pour une meilleure planification des activités

Le 9 février 2013, le village Mvululu dans la province du Bas-Congo en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) a servi de cadre d’échanges entre les responsables de l’ONG Groupe d’Action pour la Protection de l’Environnement (GAPE),  du Centre Sous l’Arbre (CSA) et le Point Focal du programme régional en faveur de l'environnement en Afrique centrale (CARPE) en RDC. …  

22 Feb 2013 | News story
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Turtle release

Connectivity of the Loggerhead turtle in the Western Indian Ocean

The Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) is one of the seven species of marine turtle in the world. It occurs in the territorial waters of Reunion and Mayotte islands. It is listed in Appendix I of the Washington Convention (CITES) and in the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. More than other species, the Loggerhead is known to interact with fisheries and is susceptible to ingestion of plastic debris and boat strikes. A regional convention for the management and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia (IOSEA) was established in 2003 under the aegis of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS).  …  

22 Feb 2013 | Article
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Turtle release

New funds for Europe overseas’ BEST!

The Director General of IUCN and the Director of the French Aid Agency (AFD) signed a financial agreement of 800,000 Euros last December. The grant aims at supporting the BEST initiative for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories, as well as IUCN’s work on the establishment of a dedicate tool for Europe overseas’ biodiversity.  …  

22 Feb 2013 | News story
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Le staff en séance de travail.

UICN au Burkina Faso, tirer les leçons de 2012 pour mieux bâtir 2013

Du 06 au 08 février 2013, au campement de l’éléphant au Nahouri, la grande famille UICN s’est mise en conclave pour bâtir son programme opérationnel 2013. …  

22 Feb 2013 | News story

Schoolgirl planting mangroves in coastal erosion area, Phu Tan Commune, Tan Phu Dong District, Tien Giang Province

Buddhism and mangroves in Tien Giang Province

On January 19, 2013, MFF staff participated in two events in Tien Giang Province: an award ceremony for paintings of mangroves; and a visit to a mangrove plantation on Loi Quan Island. Both events were organized by MFF grantee Phu Thoi Pagoda. …   | Vietnamese

22 Feb 2013 | News story
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Colourful coral reef, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia

Secrets of world’s richest marine area revealed

A new study finds that sea surface temperature, as well as the size and variety of habitats are the main factors responsible for the proliferation of marine life in the Coral Triangle – the most biologically diverse marine region in the world. …   | Chinese

21 Feb 2013 | International news release