02 December 2011 | News story
Did you know that Europe overseas territories host over 20% of the world’s coral reefs, lagoons and associated mangrove ecosystems and form the world’s largest Exclusive Economic Zone? Did you know that these territories are not only vulnerable to climate change, but can also provide solutions? Read the full message travelling to world leaders currently gathering at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban.
Healthy island ecosystems help adapt to climate change, reduce emissions and support island economies. Conservation, restoration and effective management of ecosystems will help safeguard islands from the negative impacts of climate change and maintain social, economical and environmental benefits now and for future generations.
IUCN calls for increased integration of ecosystem-based approaches into climate change adaptation measures.
From the poles to the tropics, Europe overseas islands and their regions can showcase the natural ways to address climate change challenges.
Click here to download a poscard on Climate SAVE: Safeguard, Adapt, Value the Ecosystems of Europe overseas territories and their regions.
This postcard has been produced by the IUCN Europe Overseas Programme and will be presented at the side event on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in a Changing Climate: From Practice to Policy? Lessons learnt from islands. The event will take place tomorrow, 3 December 2011 in Durban and is organized by IUCN and the European Commission as partners to the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference.
About IUCN Europe Overseas Programme
With the support from the Government of France, the IUCN Europe Overseas Programme builds partnerships for Europe overseas to meet biodiversity and climate change challenges in these territories. The Programme advances the implementation of the Message from Reunion Island – a series of concrete actions to protect biodiversity, economies and diverse ways of life of Europe overseas.