6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum opens with strong commitments to build solutions

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum starts today with strong multi-sectoral commitment to build solutions to Asia’s most urgent environment challenges. …  

10 Aug 2015 | Article

Kishore Rao, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre

Kishore Rao’s 40-year journey through protected areas and World Heritage

As the 39th World Heritage Committee concludes, Kishore Rao steps down for retirement after having headed UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre for over four years. With a background in nature conservation, he has worked on the World Heritage Convention from the perspectives of its secretariat, its advisory body on nature, and a State Party.  …  

08 Jul 2015 | Article

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Sanja Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The Heart and Lungs of a Wild Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is among the rarest of national parks, surrounded on three sides by one of the densest cities on the planet – Mumbai, India. An amazing array of flora and fauna exist within the park’s boundaries, providing aesthetic, historic and cultural value as well as ecological benefits to the populous city. There may be no other place like it on Earth. Protecting this unique treasure has required local residents, grassroots organizations, and the park itself to strive for a balanced relationship between people and nature. …  

10 Jun 2015 | Article

Hon'ble Minister Capt. Abhimanyu

Leaders for Nature India Masterclass; Eco-Restoration Opportunities to Reduce Water Stress of Gurgaon & Faridabad

 "We can build more cities but we can never rebuild the Aravilli range and its environmental, social and economic values" said Hon'ble Minister Capt. Abhimanyu. …  

09 Jun 2015 | Article

Whale sharks are classified as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Maharashtra rises to the challenges of whale shark conservation

Marking a significant start to whale shark conservation in Maharashtra, the Mangrove Cell, Forest Department of Maharashtra, and IUCN India collaboratively organised a stakeholder workshop for the development of a management and conservation plan for whale sharks in Maharashtra. This is the first of its kind for a marine species in the state. The workshop was held in Mumbai on 30 May 2015, and brought together conservation experts, industries, fisher community leaders and Government representatives.   …  

03 Jun 2015 | Article

Marine pollution is a serious threat that needs addressing - NCB India aims to highlight this issue widely.

National Coordination Body on Mangroves for Future calls for action to restore health of our oceans

Mangroves for Future is a regional initiative to restore Mangroves across 11 countries including India. This programme is steered by respective Governments in association with scientific institutions, private sector, and international organizations. In India, the National Coordination Body (NCB) is chaired by Shri Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC). …  

30 Apr 2015 | Article

Seagrass beds support hundreds of marine organisms

Putting a price on the seagrass wetlands of Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu

IUCN India, in partnership with the GIZ and the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, are implementing a project to economically valuate the ecosystem services provided by the seagrass beds of Palk Bay. This is the first time a project of this nature will be undertaken for seagrasses in India. …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

Women from the JLGs discussing livelihood interventions.

Building opportunities for fisher-women in Tamil Nadu: the power of micro-financing

Up t 87% of the poorest households in India do not have access to credit; 380 million are in need of microfinance services. Unequal education opportunities and access to business prospects has resulted in stunted economic security, particularly amongst women in coastal communities. This is where Small Grant Facility projects in India, under the Mangrove for the Future initiative (implemented by IUCN), are making a difference.  …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

An IMFFS prototype pond in Tamil Nadu

An integrated fisheries mangrove approach to addressing food security and poverty allieviation in coastal India

Aquaculture around the world has grown at an impressive rate in the last decade. It has helped to produce more fish, kept the prices of fish relatively stable, and made seafood more accessible to consumers. With over 16% of global animal protein sourced from fish, and rising trends in demand for good quality seafood, aquaculture must step up to meet the need. However, producing more fish sustainably without degrading the environment and depleting natural resources remains a challenge. Irresponsible and destructive aquaculture practices continue to threaten the industry. In India shrimp aquaculture met with devastating consequences in the 1990s as a result of disease outbreaks, leaving hundreds without livelihoods. In 1996 the Supreme Court put a halt to intensive shrimp farming; 60% of landowners were forced to abandon their farms. Investment is needed in India and around Asia, to implement newer, eco-friendly technologies and models, and their adaptation to local conditions. …  

23 Mar 2015 | Article

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