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Fort Massachusetts on West Ship Island, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, was flooded after Hurricane Katrina

Nature, a wise investment – the Katrina story

In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline of the United States, flooding New Orleans and causing catastrophic damage to coastal communities in both states. Katrina still ranks as the costliest storm in US history, inflicting an estimated US$81 billion in damages and causing 1,836 deaths. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

Aerial view of Fire Island wilderness breach after Hurricane Sandy

Reducing the wrath of Hurricane Sandy

In the United States, thousands of miles of coastal national parks and wildlife refuges, made up of beaches, dunes and wetlands, provide natural storm protection for coastal communities. …  

18 Sep 2014 | Article

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Páramos: ¿qué sabemos?

El proyecto Comunidades de los Páramos de la UICN, lanza un estudio que ofrece una visión general del avance en el conocimiento del páramo. En la recopilación de la información y su análisis participaron expertos de Tropenbos (Colombia), Instituto de Montaña (Perú), Ecociencia (Ecuador) y el especialista Robert Hofstede.   …  

18 Sep 2014 | News story

Sundarban mangroves

Recognising the power of wetlands

A wetland restoration project in the Sundarbans, a protected area shared by India and Bangladesh, is addressing climate change, protecting the coastline from floods while securing food and income for local communities. …  

17 Sep 2014 | Article

Nick Cox, Programme Manager, BIOPAMA

The capacity challenge for biodiversity conservation and protected areas

Nick Cox, BIOPAMA Programme Manager at the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, talks about his conservation perspectives and shares insights on choices, challenges and opportunities for a programme like BIOPAMA to achieve results, always keeping in mind the conservation goal. …  

17 Sep 2014 | Article

Luc Bas, Director, IUCN EU Representative Office

Will the new EU Commission assure Europe’s leadership on sustainable development?

IUCN EU Representative Office's Director Luc Bas reflects on the likely impact of the new European Commission line-up on the EU's environment policy for the coming five years. …  

17 Sep 2014 | News story

IUCN and Absolute World Group at Thailand Property Awards 2014

IUCN addresses environmental sustainability at the Thailand Property Awards

On 11th September in Bangkok, over 500 of the property industry’s leaders in Thailand gathered at the Conrad Hotel for a Gala Dinner and Property Awards Ceremony. Started in 2006, the Thailand Property Awards recognise quality in architecture, design, construction and development, rewarding the best condominiums, housing developments, villas, commercial buildings and hotels.   …  

17 Sep 2014 | Article

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中国黄渤海滨海湿地保护与管理国际研讨会在京召开

9月16日 北京 - 2014年9月16-17日,“中国黄渤海滨海湿地保护与管理国际研讨会”在北京林业大学召开,旨在研讨黄渤海滨海湿地重要性、评估其现状,并探讨滨海湿地保护与管理的国家与地方政策,寻求维持滨海区域生态系统服务与关键栖息地的综合管理策略,就滨海自然保护区管理措施与政策创新进行交流,发布《中国滨海滩涂湿地保护》宣言。 …  

16 Sep 2014 | Article

The vaquita of the Gulf of California is well on its way to extinction. The cause is bycatch in fishing nets

IUCN calls for immediate action to prevent the Vaquita’s extinction

Despite conservation efforts, numbers of Vaquita, a small porpoise found only in Mexico, have continued to decline, from around 600‐800 animals in the early 1990s to about 100 animals today, according to the latest report of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA). …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

IUCN supports Global Ocean Commission petition for a new agreement on high seas protection: less than a week to go

On 21 September, the Global Ocean Commission will deliver a petition to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The document calls for a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure conservation and sustainable use of high seas resources. …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

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