Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - News

Climate change is severely and rapidly impacting species, ecosystems and people around the globe. Climate change and ocean acidification are jeopardizing food security, shoreline protection, the provision of income, livelihood sources and sustainable economic development. IUCN's work on climate change is focussed on: developing and communicating the science of climate change; promoting policies that can reduce emissions and minimise associated impacts; and advocating nature-based solutions through the protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems.

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

First action plan for world’s blue carbon policy

The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been presented in a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI). …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Woman with baby at local water well, Zambia.

It's time for action on adaptation

One of IUCN's rallying cries at UNFCCC COP17 in Durban is "Time for action on adaptation". Ed Barrow, Head of IUCN's Ecosystem Based Adaptation Programme, goes  in to more detail on this key message, starting by explaining IUCN's understanding of adaptation.   …  

03 Dec 2011 | News story

The plight of mangrove forests in Pakistan - Film

Across the Indus delta in Pakistan, at Keti Bundur, Siddiq Roonjha narrates the once prosperous economic history of the area, his recent battles with cyclones and sea storms as his home was inundated in front of his eyes; his precious belongings lost. …  

14 Sep 2011 | Video

Blue carbon

“Life on the coasts - Blue Carbon” UNEP/GRID-Arendal’s Photography Contest

Grassroots organizations involved in coastal and marine conservation are invited to participate in UNEP/GRID-Arendal’s Blue Carbon Photography Contest. …   | French

29 Jul 2011 | Article

Blue carbon policy working group

Action plan underway for Blue Carbon policy

Effective management of coastal ‘blue carbon’ systems such as mangroves, salt marshes and seagrasses, requires implementation of strategic policy and financing mechanisms – most of which are already in place, as for example Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).   …  

19 Jul 2011 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Mangroves in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

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. …   | French

06 Jun 2011 | News story

Seagrass, Madagascar

Urgent action needed to protect Earth’s blue carbon

The destruction of coastal carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes, is leading to rapid and long-lasting emissions of CO2 into the ocean and atmosphere, according to 32 of the world’s leading marine scientists. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

Sea urchin in sea grass

Scientists start work under International Blue Carbon Working Group

Leading scientific experts in the field of coastal and marine biogeochemistry, carbon dynamics and ecology gathered in Paris (15-17 February 2011) to discuss the role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and for climate change mitigation. This 3-day workshop was organized by IUCN together with Conservation International and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, with additional financial support from NASA and UNEP. …  

24 Feb 2011 | News story

waves open sea

Ocean acidification: Coming soon to an ocean near you

Manmade ocean acidification will have profound impacts on marine life, even without a further increase of CO₂ emissions. Latest evidence shows that sea water chemistry is already changing and only rapid and huge reductions of fossil fuel use and deforestation can help restore ocean’s health, according to IUCN.   …   | French | Spanish

04 Nov 2010 | International news release

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