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Participants of the Blue Solutions MPA Governance training, Bali, September 2014

MPA governance solutions for and from Indonesia

“Learning from proven success in marine and coastal resource management” is a core objective of the Blue Solutions Initiative. To enable such learning, the Initiative is developing and trialling approaches for integrating “solutions” into marine management training formats. IUCN, one of the Blue Solutions implementing partners, co-convened, together with the Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the Coral Triangle Centre, a training workshop on marine protected area (MPA) governance in Bali, Indonesia, in September 2014. The workshop built on the recent success stories in coastal and marine resource management from across many of Indonesia’s 7,000 islands.   …  

30 Jan 2015 | Article

Forest in Germany

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions

This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business 

29 Jan 2015 | Article

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

Steve Edwards of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme

A balancing act

Steve Edwards of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme explains how government and business are looking at ways to compensate for the impacts of development on biodiversity. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Article

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Shark presence in Maio, Cape Verde

Fishermen turning to shark conservation in Maio, Cape Verde

According to SOS grantee Edita Magileviciute, the recent in-water survey of sharks in Maio, one of the islands of the Cape Verde archipelago, confirmed presence of nurse and lemon sharks. Moreover, there is a high potential that the coastal waters of Maio could be shark breeding grounds.    

06 Jan 2015 | News story

Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Paving the way for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam

Extensive shrimp farming has had major negative impacts on many coastal areas in Asia, with farmers converting large areas of intact mangrove forest to shrimp ponds. While the business can be lucrative, when prices fall or disease hits entire harvests may be wiped out. Even worse, the integrity of coastal ecosystems suffers, leaving local communities extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Article

12A-048-018, Team of student interpreters, WCS Bangladesh, SOS - Save Our Species, Cetaceans, Sundarbans

Share our smiles: Interactive educational outreach to save threatened coastal cetaceans in Bangladesh

Conservation is about people, and a key part of SOS Grantee Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) work to save threatened coastal cetaceans in Bangladesh explains  Brian D. Smith, WCS Programme Director. That entails reaching out to fishing communities in culturally respectful and interactive ways.   …  

18 Dec 2014 | News story

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Adult Antarctic Krill

Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean. …   | Dutch

09 Dec 2014 | International news release