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Blue carbon policy framework 2.0 : based on the discussion of the International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group

Development and implementation of blue carbon-based activities requires strategic policy and incentive mechanisms to achieve coastal conservation, restoration and sustainable use, and provide disincentives to drain or damage coastal systems. This revised Blue Carbon Policy Framework updates the previous version and adds a detailed coordinated programme of policy objectives and activities. It also details a timeline and identifies the possible stakeholders for further development.

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Bue carbon policy framework 2.0

Building and operating biodiversity-friendly hotels in the Caribbean

Many Caribbean hotels are located in the critically biodiverse and fragile coastal zone. In many instances the planning, siting and design of hotels and resorts has led to the degradation and loss of biodiversity. IUCN, with several partners, has developed guidance on how biodiversity considerations can be integrated into hotel and resort siting and design decisions as well as into management activities during the lifetime of the property. These tools are targeted at planning authorities, tourism development agencies, developers, investors, hotel managers and management companies, project managers, consultants, architects and construction firms.

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Building and operating hotels

Mediterranean seagrass meadows : resilience and contribution to climate change mitigation, a short summary

This report summarizes the phenomenon of climate change observed in in the Mediterranean basin, and specifically concerns the five species of Magnoliophyta found there. It looks at the impact of climate change on Mediterranean seagrasses and their resilience. It outlines the role played by seagrass meadows in the mitigation of the consequences of climate change and the fixation and sequestration of blue carbon.

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Mediterranean Seagrass Meadows : Resilience and Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation. A Short Summary.

Mekong River Basin : mobilising grassroots engagement and facilitating high-level dialogue for transboundary water management

The Water and Nature Initiative’s (WANI) activities in the Mekong followed a strategy of mobilizing grass-roots engagement of stakeholders in decision making. This helped put in place processes to begin bridging local to national and regional decision making in the basin in support of improved transboundary basin management. This study describes the situation, activities undertaken, and results achieved during this process.


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Case Study cover: Mekong River Basin

Volta River Basin, Ghana and Burkina Faso : transboundary water management through multi-level participatory governance and community projects

The IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) has worked with riparian states to improve water governance and management practices in the Volta River Basin. This resulted in participatory governance frameworks for joint management of water resources and improvement of livelihoods through riverbank protection schemes. The Volta Basin now has a number of legal tools, knowledge and capacity to sustainably manage its shared water resources at local to transboundary levels.


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Sustainable tourism in protected areas : guidelines for planning and management

Tourism is always a critical component to consider in the establishment and management of protected areas. These guidelines aim to build an understanding of protected area tourism and its management. They provide both a theoretical structure and practical guidelines for managers. The aim is to ensure that tourism contributes to the purposes of protected areas and does not undermine them.


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Seagrasses and sand dunes

Seagrass meadows and sand dunes are lesser known coastal ecosystems located landward from coral reefs and sometimes seaward from mangroves. These ecosystems are also important for coastal communities because of the services they provide and are critical components of a vital, interdependent and interconnected series of coastal ecosystems.

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Ecologically or biologically significant areas in the pelagic realm : examples and guidelines : workshop report

For the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to be met and be successful, examples and guidelines for the identification of important pelagic areas needed to be made available to policy makers involved in the process of identifying ecologically or biologically significant areas. The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative and the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab convened a workshop of international experts on pelagic biodiversity to discuss the examples and guidelines. This report is the result of the workshop.

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