Securing Coastal Livelihoods

Balaji explaining kayking as a new way to explore local nature

Vedharajan Balaji - kayaking down India's coast to inspire communities for restoring mangroves

Vedharajan Balaji is a young conservationist from India, with an incredible amount of energy and determination for protecting nature. He works with communities in Tamil Nadu to restore mangroves and raise awareness amongst students. Thanks to his inspiring work, he won the "Pushing Boundaries" challenge of the WCPA young professionals group in the run-up to the IUCN World Parks Congress. His work has also been promoted as an "Inspiring Protected Area Solution" through the Panorama initiative.

Here, Balaji tells the exciting story about how he found his way into conservation through epic motorcycle and kayak journeys. …  

08 Jun 2015 | Article

Albino turtle hatchling, Vamizi Island, Mozambique

Rare albino turtles hatch on Vamizi Island

Even after long years of nesting monitoring, there are still things that surprise us all. For the first time on Vamizi Island in Mozambique, on the turtle monitoring project that started over 10 years ago, four albino green turtle hatchlings were found on the island's most successful nesting beach, two of which were still alive. What was even more interesting about these hatchlings, was their red eyes (lack of pigmentation), a common consequence of albinism. …  

28 May 2015 | News story

Uto Ni Yalo crew member Filomena Serenia steering the vaka

A Pacific call for climate action - reflecting on the Mua voyage six months on

Exactly six months ago, four traditional voyaging canoes, otherwise known as vaka, arrived at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney to deliver the Pacific call for global action on climate change and oceans. This journey was the Mua voyage and involved vaka Gaualofa (Samoa and Tonga), Marumaru Atua (Cook Islands), Haunui (Aotearoa) and Uto Ni Yalo (Fiji) travelling from their homelands to the WPC in Australia.   …  

15 May 2015 | Article

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

Pacific Islander diving for bêche-de-mer

Challenges facing management of coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands region is reaching a critical point in the management of its coastal fisheries (including bêche-de-mer), as unsustainable fishing practices risk the region’s future sustenance, livelihoods and safety. Fisheries ministers from across the Pacific Islands region will discuss how to address these challenges at a three-day meeting this week in Nadi, Fiji. …  

05 Aug 2014 | Article

12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species

SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets

The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillnets. Finding mutually beneficial solutions, Brian Smith and colleague Rubaiyat Mowgli Mansur, working for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society, report on the promising start to an initiative to align priorities for both fishermen and cetaceans using new processes and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. With such an innovative project, there has been some learning on the job generating new insights and practices according to Brian.   …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Uto Ni Yalo

Fijian voyaging flagship, Uto Ni Yalo, to sail to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A memorandum of understanding signed between IUCN Oceania and the Uto Ni Yalo Trust sets the course for the Uto Ni Yalo to sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. This significant voyage will convey regional messages about the critical need to respect and protect important natural places. It continues the Pacific Voyage: ‘one Pacific voice’ campaign, originally initiated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. …   | French

03 Jul 2014 | News story

Nguna-Pele LMMAs

Pacific communities demonstrate marine management

An innovative model of coastal and marine community management is well established in the Pacific, and while this model does not fit comfortably within the IUCN definition of protected areas, it is delivering positive conservation outcomes. …   | French

28 May 2014 | News story

scalloped_hammerhead, sphyrna lewini, simon rogerson

Oceana requests Undersecretary of Fisheries measures to prevent shark bycatch in Chilean oceans

SOS Grantee and international marine conservation organization, Oceana, made big news for shark conservation in Chile at the end of April 2014. Calling on the Chilean government to protect its sharks, Oceana hit the nation's television screens with a 3 minute feature on TVN's 24 horas news programme. Speaking to camera Oceana's Executive Director, Alex Muñoz reached an estimated audience of 2 million viewers explaining the impacts of practices such as over-fishing and shark finning. …  

05 May 2014 | News story

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

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