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Rehabilitating coastal ecosystems in a post tsunami context

The Ministry of Environment of Spain has been providing key support (through three grants) to IUCN's post-tsunami work beginning in September 2006 and continuing till April 2009.

Restoration of mangroves in Sri Lanka and Thailand - Phase I

During this phase, the project focused on demonstrating and piloting on-the-ground approaches to mangrove restoration and conservation in Sri Lanka and Thailand. Within each country, a key protected area site (including its buffer zone and immediate surrounding area) was selected for piloting mangrove restoration activities. In Sri Lanka, Kumana (Yala East) National Park was identified as a priority for mangrove restoration, and in Thailand, Laemson National Park was selected as a project field site.

Consolidation phase - Phase II

The goal of the consolidation phase was to support ecosystem restoration and conservation in tsunami-affected coastal areas as a mechanism to strengthen sustainable coastal zone management policy and to reduce the vulnerability of coastal populations in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Reinforcement and extension- Phase III

This phase further strengthened this initiative by providing additional resources for building capacity and developing a local resource pool amongst the various stakeholders who have been involved in ecosystem restoration in post-tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction. This phase placed particular emphasis on capacity building, which has been identified as one of the weakest areas and the most sought after by the protected area managers and other relevant agencies. The aim was to strengthen institutions for disaster management and risk reduction with ecosystem perspective. Further, this initiative expanded the Project activities to select areas in Maldives and Indonesia - two other countries severely affected by the tsunami.

A manual on integrating environmental safeguards into disaster management

Mainstreaming ecosystem concerns - both ecological and economical - into the development agenda and integrating them into disaster management is essential. A three-volume manual attempts to provide background information and guidance for integrating environmental concerns into disaster management. Download
Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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Colombo 4
Sri Lanka
tel: +(94 11) 2559634-5
fax: +(94 11) 2559637
email: coastalinfo@iucnsl.org

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This Project has been made possible by the generous financial support from the Autonomous Organisation for National Parks (Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales - OAPN) of the Ministry of Environment of Spain, through a grant made to IUCN.
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