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

Youth plant mangroves near the Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest, Orissa, India

Mangroves pivotal to protection of Bengal communities

A study has revealed that rice croplands which are protected by mangroves provide a stronger resistance to cyclones and therefore help support human lives in countries affected by tropical weather conditions. …  

11 Mar 2015 | Article

Asia Review 2013-2014

IUCN in Asia: delivering change through partnerships

IUCN Asia Review 2013-2014 is now available for download. In this issue we focus on the many partnerships we embarked on in the past two years, working together for people and nature in order to deliver positive change for the environment. …  

23 Feb 2015 | Article

Life in the Sundarbans

MFF India starts new SGF projects!

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) India has initiated Cycle IV of the Small Grant Facility (SGF) projects.
 

17 Feb 2015 | Article

Dr Nik Senapati, CEO Rio Tinto, sharing his perspective on 'Business Case for Biodiversity' in the plenary for Top Management

Leaders for Nature India Forum links valuing natural capital to future prosperity

The first Leaders for Nature India Forum held on 30 January in Mumbai explored how natural capital accounting could help the private sector address some of the biggest challenges it is facing today in India and around the world. 

12 Feb 2015 | Article

Dr. Bibhab Talukdar receiving and award

The Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar 2012 awarded to Aaranyak

 The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India has formally handed over to Aaranyak (IUCN Member) the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar (IGPP) 2012 at a function held at Ganga Auditorium of the Ministry on 2nd February 2015.  …  

04 Feb 2015 | Article
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2011A-18, SOS, vultures

Adapt or die: lessons from Vulture Conservation in South Asia

For SOS Grantee Ananya Mukherjee, switching from dipstick technology to GPS-enabled bird-tagging was a classic case of adaptive management. Indeed it was one that allowed the larger vulture conservation project to continue working towards its objective: creating three effective Vulture Safe Zones (VSZs) on the Indian subcontinent.   …  

16 Dec 2014 | News story

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