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Monday, December 5th, 2011

Empowering Local Communities to Defend Against Climate Change

The world’s poorest people are on the frontlines of climate change, with everything to lose and little to cushion the blow of its far-reaching impacts. A new position paper by the Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network (ELAN) illustrates how empowering local communities to pursue sustainable livelihoods while managing their natural resources can contribute to better

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Europe Expands Protected Areas But Biodiversity Battered

Europe’s natural biodiversity heritage is showing “an alarming decline,” according to new research published today by the European Red List, a part of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In this latest assessment of Europe’s native plants and animals, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, found that a large proportion of

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Predicting future threats for global amphibian biodiversity

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, and their declines far exceed those of other animal groups: more than 30% of all species are listed as threatened according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Multiple factors threaten global amphibian diversity but the spatial distribution of these threats and their

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Europe’s Overseas Territories Need More Protection

Giant “Mountain Chicken” frogs, the 25 million bird island, and a rainforest the size of Portugal are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change and in need of greater protection, according to a new report published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Leaders Define Pathway to Restoring 150 Million Hectares of Lost Forests

A core commitment to restore 150 million hectares of lost forests and degraded lands worldwide by 2020 is launched today at a ministerial conference in Bonn. New analysis by IUCN estimates that restoring 150 million hectares would be worth US$ 85 billion per year to national and global economies.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Conservation Without Borders – Nature Helps Europe Overcome Political Divides

Conservation action involving several countries brings large scale benefits to nature and helps resolve social and political conflicts, a new IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) publication shows. The book, Crossing Borders for Nature: European examples of transboundary conservation, draws on cross-border conservation in Europe, highlighting its challenges and benefits. It was published as

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Lifeline for Africa’s Freshwater Species

Africa is being given a unique opportunity to conserve its tremendous diversity of freshwater species – a critical resource for many of Africa’s poorest people. African countries can now decide to use their water resources sustainably, and avoid paying millions of dollars, as is the case in Europe, to rectify poorly planned wetland development.

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Mangroves to Receive Huge Boost from New Carbon Credit Rules

A new method for calculating the role that mangrove restoration plays in slowing climate change, by capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, has been adopted. The methodology is adopted under the UN climate change convention’s Kyoto Protocol, as part of the Clean Development Mechanism that supports emission reduction projects in developing countries. This

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

On Thin Ice: Vulnerable Arctic Treasures Identified

A report released today identifies 13 of the richest and most vulnerable places in the Arctic Ocean that should be considered for protection as summer sea ice melts and industrial activity expands into newly accessible areas. The Bering Strait, Chukchi Beaufort Coast, Barents Sea Coast and Great Siberian Polynya are among the hotspots, according to

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

From Bangkok to Durban : Time to Act on Cancun Deal

The first round of UN climate change negotiations since the Cancun summit in December, being held in Bangkok from April 3-8, will start on the work plan agreed at Cancun for 2011. The aim of the meeting is to build on the Cancun agreements and to work towards establishing a new global climate change regime,

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