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Situbondo, one of East Java’s regencies, is situated on the north coast between Probolinggo and Banyuwangi, in Indonesia. The area is abundant with beautiful beaches, mountains, hills, forests, and rich history from the Dutch colonial period.

Since 2000, Situbondo’s mangrove coverage has reduced significantly, largely due to large-scale conversion of mangrove forests into shrimp ponds and for milkfish aquaculture along the coast of Mangaran, a sub-district in Situbondo. This conversion and the...
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A new website (available in French and English) devoted to Important Plant Areas (IPA) and plant conservation in the Mediterranean has been created within the IPAMed project (coordinated by IUCN and Plantlife and funded by MAVA Foundation).

Not only does this website gives information about the IPAMed project and partners, but it also gives the opportunity to visualize IPAs located in the IPAMed partners countries (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Macedonia and...
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Our existence depends on flows of goods and services delivered by a stock of natural resources – our ‘natural’ capital. But as we have degraded the planet’s ecosystems, we’ve lost huge stocks of this natural capital and we are starting to feel the pinch.

People have long depended on natural systems for our survival and development, nowhere more visible than in our history of extracting minerals and fuel products. However, we have also started to see the importance of healthy ecosystems for providing essential...
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IUCN and Deltares hosted a side-event and roundtable session during the conference “Green Infrastructure: Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable and Resilient Cities”, which was held from 4-7 April in Orvieto, Italy. This conference was organised by the COST Action FP1204 project “Greeninurbs”, coordinated by the IUCN Member Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche and brought together around 400 experts from Europe and around the world for an exchange on the benefits of nature-based solutions for urban quality of life. The main objective was to show how a transdisciplinary approach to urban planning, based on the provision of ecosystem services, can make future cities more resilient and sustainable.

One of the best ways to convince decision makers, politicians, business representatives, policymakers, and others of the opportunities provided by nature-based solutions is to draw on real‐life examples to demonstrate their potential socio-economic benefits....
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  Project title: Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor (Bridging Phase) Location: Tanguar Haor, Sunamganj District, Sylhet Division Project duration: September 2016 – December 2017 Project background: Tanguar...

Las familias que implementan las medidas de Adaptación basadas en Ecosistemas o se benefician de su aplicación, fueron la principal fuente para conocer el estado en los sitios piloto del proyecto AVE

En Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panamá y en Chiapas (México) la UICN en colaboración con el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) realizó una línea base sobre la seguridad alimentaria de comunidades involucradas en la...
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From 2006 to 2016, the Government of Bangladesh, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and IUCN, has managed Tanguar Haor, a Ramsar site, together with local communities. Just recently, the government has decided to continue to support the co-management of this important wetland through a new programme. It is now crucial to capitalize on past experiences to make more informed decisions going forward, writes Haseeb Md. Irfanullah from IUCN Bangladesh.

Tanguar Haor of Bangladesh, the 1031st Ramsar site, is exceptionally biodiverse. This 10,000-hectare wetland is home to 137 species of fish and 284 species of bird, which comprise 51% and 40% of the total species of the country, respectively. In addition, the...
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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has launched a call for proposals for projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam and parts of Southern China. A separate call for proposals for projects in Myanmar has also been issued simultaneously. 

CEPF is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. Since 2013, IUCN, the Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-Conservation Network and the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic...
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The importance of collaborative protected area management through active stakeholder engagement took centre stage at the second Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) workshop held in Hakone, Japan from 13-15 February 2017. 

Hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the workshop brought together 22 conservation experts from 11 APAP member countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam. APAP is an...
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The importance of regional cooperation took centre stage at the first Steering Committee meeting and inception workshop for the Indo-Burma Ramsar Regional Initiative (IBRRI), held on 29 and 30 March in Bangkok, Thailand.

The event shared the Ramsar Regional initiative’s vision with the wider wetlands community and officially launched the new regional wetlands project “Mekong WET: Building Resilience of Wetlands in the Lower Mekong Region”, which will support the technical...
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