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    The building blocks of pledging to the Bonn Challenge – Cameroon’s story

    02.03.2017

    Cameroon recently announced a 12 million hectare restoration pledge to the Bonn Challenge by 2030 – the largest thus far from Central Africa. The question arises, how do countries decide to commit? What is the groundwork that goes into it? We look closer at...

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    Mass mangrove restoration: Driven by good intentions but offering limited results

    21.02.2017

    There is an urgent need to address the global degradation of coastal ecosystems, but are mass mangrove planting initiatives sustainable? 

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    Cameroon to restore 12 million hectares of forest in species-rich Congo Basin

    17.02.2017

    Cameroon has committed to restoring over 12 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge initiative. The pledge is the biggest made so far in the species-rich Congo Basin, home to the world’s second-largest tropical...

  • mangrove Coastal wetlands are truly unique among marine and coastal ecosystems in their ability to mitigate climate change  Photo: © Ravi Sarma (CC BY 2.0)

    Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle

    02.02.2017

    With the advent of green technologies, it is easy to view the battle against climate change as one for the tech world. A lesser-known but increasingly recognised solution lies in nature. According to a new scientific paper, the wetland ecosystems lying along...

  • water in front and green mangroves halfway up the photo with blue sky in back Photo: Dan Laffoley

    Mangroves – green coastal guardians

    01.02.2017

    Today, a rapidly increasing number of people are flocking to the coasts – to build their homes, to spend their holidays or to conduct business activities. Meanwhile, climate change is turning coasts into increasingly hazardous living environments. Human...

  • still water in the foreground with tall green mangroves in the back Photo: IUCN / James Oliver

    Mangrove Restoration: Offering two-for-one solutions to climate change

    20.01.2017

    Climate mitigation and adaptation are a country’s most pressing actions in the face of a looming global climate crisis –with catastrophic consequences already occurring in many coastal regions. Now, the restoration of mangrove forests and other coastal...

  • The Sundarbans, Bangladesh, World Heritage site Freshwater flow into the Sundarbans has drastically decreased due to farming, industrial and barrage developments; as a result increased salinity and siltation – the pollution of water by sediment – are threatening the ecosystem’s balance. Photo: IUCN / Mizuki Murai

    Learnings on climate change adaptation in the Bay of Bengal documented in new book

    16.01.2017

    Recently, seven climate change specialists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand came together and wrote seven chapters for a book entitled Climate Change in the Bay of Bengal Region: Exploring Sectoral Cooperation for...

  • Cutting the ribbon during the official launch of the third thematic portal of the PANORAMA platform (left to right: Arno Sckeyde, GIZ; Harald Lossack, GIZ; Tanja Gönner, GIZ; Trevor Sandwith, IUCN; Elsa Nickel, BMUB; Ignacio March, CONANP; Ilona Porsché, Photo: Photo by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon

    PANORAMA at the CBD COP 13 in Cancún, Mexico: Creating dialogue, expanding the partnership

    12.12.2016

    Following the launch of the new PANORAMA platform at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, the partnership and web platform is growing and expanding. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 13th Conference of the Parties (CBD COP13) in Cancún,...

  • Restoration in Latin America Photo: WRI/ Luciana Gallardo Lomeli

    STATEMENT: Brazil Announces Goal of Restoring 22 Million Hectares of Degraded Land by 2030

    04.12.2016

    CANCÚN (December 3, 2016) –Today, Brazil’s Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment announced their intent to restore and promote sustainable agriculture across 22 million hectares of degraded land, the largest restoration commitment ever made by a...

  • Managed herds of reindeer are still commonly sighted roaming freely around the Seward Peninsula -- sometimes in unexpected places! Managed herds of reindeer are still commonly sighted roaming freely around the Seward Peninsula -- sometimes in unexpected places!  Photo: NPS/Andrea Willingham

    Jeanette Koelsch: climate change and indigenous culture in Alaska

    17.11.2016

    Jeanette Koelsch is the Superintendent of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska, USA. Jeanette is a strong voice for both protected areas and for communities in the region. As an Alaskan Native she has strong personal connections with the...

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