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The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Himalaya

Biodiversity within inland water ecosystems in the Eastern Himalaya region is both highly diverse and of great regional importance to livelihoods and economies. However, development activities are not always compatible with the conservation of this diversity, and the ecosystem requirements of biodiversity are frequently not considered in the development planning process. This assessment reviews the global conservation status of 1,073 freshwater species belonging to three taxonomic groups – fishes, molluscs, and Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies).

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Freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Himalaya
 

World Conservation Magazine

Out now in print and online, the latest issue of World Conservation takes stock of the Convention on Biological Diversity conference that took place in Japan last October where governments approved a ‘Big Plan’ for saving biodiversity and looks ahead to what’s in store for conservation in the coming years. We cover some of the latest thinking and new approaches that might be used and hear prominent figures outline what they see as the greatest priority for saving biodiversity. Which new partners will become engaged in conservation? What progress will be made in curbing burgeoning levels of wildlife trade? What future for the oceans?

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World Conservation Magazine
 

Parks and reserves of Ghana : management effectiveness assessment of protected areas

Protected areas in Ghana are subject to pressures and threats, the main ones being poaching, bush fires and land conversion due to farming or grazing around or within the protected areas. There pressures and threats increase the protected areas’ vulnerabilities. Globally, human, financial and technical means remain insufficient to efficiently manage the activities of protected areas. This study makes recommendations for improving management effectiveness of the protected areas.

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Parks and reserves of Ghana
 

Children’s Perception of the Environment: A Teacher’s Toolkit for Investigating Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in Asia

The goal of this toolkit is to help promote environmental stewardship and increase awareness of marine and coastal ecosystems among schoolchildren in Asia through the use of creative, investigative approaches. This toolkit is intended for use by teachers in formal education institutes in coastal areas across South Asia and Indonesia. While the Toolkit targets children in elementary and middle schools, the activities are equally relevant to creating awareness among a broader range of target groups, for example, early school leavers, women and the public.

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Children's Perception of the Environment
 
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The status and distribution of freshwater biodiversity in northern Africa

This assessment is the first overview of the conservation status of 877 northern African freshwater species belonging to five taxonomic groups—fish, molluscs, dragonflies and damselflies, freshwater crabs and aquatic plants—in accordance with the IUCN regional Red List guidelines. Species at risk of regional extinction are mapped and conservation measures are proposed to reduce the probability of future declines.

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Seagrasses and sand dunes

Seagrass meadows and sand dunes are important for coastal communities because of the services they provide. This booklet describes both these ecosystems, where they are found, their importance and the threats imposed by anthropogenic activities. It is targeted at the general public and decision-makers and is written in simple language.

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Guidelines for applying protected area management categories

IUCN’s Protected Areas Management Categories, which classify protected areas according to their management objectives, are today accepted as the benchmark for defining, recording and classifying protected areas. These guidelines provide as much clarity as possible regarding the meaning and application of the Categories. They describe the definition of the Categories and discuss application in particular biomes and management approaches.

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Adrift : tales of ocean fragility

This book is a product of the Marine Conservation Sub-Committee, an advisory body on marine species issues within IUCN. The book features twelve stories of different ocean animals that highlight the latest issues in marine conservation. The tales in this exquisitely illustrated book are testament not only to the eccentricity of life in our oceans, but also the diversity of challenges and opportunities we face to conserve these marine marvels.

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