Ecosystem management

Promoting sustainable farming practices: the use of a high nature value index (HNVI)

The “High Nature Value Environments” are "un-protected" areas in which the resources and processes in nature combine to supply us with life-supporting benefits. In these areas we are witnessing an increasing number of small farming systems. Our concern is with the legacy that such human presence will leave for future generations. This project created and tested a “High Nature Value Index” (HNVI) to assess the impact of hillside farming on ecological stability in the Northern Range.

Establishing a regional organization for managing the aquatic ecosystems of East Asia

East Asia is a very densely populated area where one third of the world’s population resides; most of them reside in river basins and coastal areas where population and economic growth have been fastest, threatening food security and the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems, especially in coastal and estuarine areas where freshwater and marine ecosystems actively interact. The rivers and adjacent seas of East Asia are productive enough to support ca. 40% of the global fisheries yield and to account for ca.

IUCN´s Flagship Knowledge Products: working towards technical and operational linkages

IUCN´s knowledge products include The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (which will be linked to the Global Invasive Species Database); The WDPA (with UNEP WCMC); the developing IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and Key Biodiversity Areas. Each of these are at a different stage of development in terms of the conceptual / technical side, the tools for inputting data (Species Information Service), websites and databases. As IUCN moves into the next Programme period it is important to determine how best to further develop these products and make operational links between them.

Oil and gas decommissioning as a catalyst to enhance ecosystem function

Recently a project started that by bringing stakeholders around the North Sea together, aims to instigate a fundamental review and subsequent change of policy in determining the interaction between people, planet and prosperity in the region.

Invoking the Precautionary Principle: Shell´s approach to protecting the environment: an analysis

With a challenging but realistic ´blueprint for action´ in mind, global companies have strong environment objectives, controls and measures in place in order to make a significant contribution to ´ecosystem resilience´. Through this workshop, Shell invites feedback on its approach to protect the environment and encourages an open dialogue: are we doing enough, when and how much is enough, and how and where to improve performance?

Enhancing the North-East Asian Ecological Network for Conservation of Endangered Birds and their Habitat

The nature and culture in North-East Asia is supported by one ecosystem. During last several decades, on the one hand, each country in this region has been accomplished rapid economic development, but on the other, it has the depletion of the natural resources and extinction of the species. Under this circumstance we need an integrated management system and network for conservation and restoration of endangered birds and their habitats in the region.

Applying Tools to Assess Management Effectiveness of Protected Areas- The Global Experience

Consistent with IUCN priorities, over the past decade there has been significant growth in the development and application of a range of tools to assess the management effectiveness of Protected Areas. Participants in this Conservation Campus will:
* Gain a global understanding of types of assessment tools, status and application of Protected Area Management Evaluation (PAME) assessments.
* Learn from experienced practitioners about the evolution and lessons learned from the application of PAME site assessment and system assessment tools.

Decision theory based conservation management

Using the example of surface water management we will show how decision theory concepts can be applied to conservation projects. The standardized procedure we propose will make the decision process of any such project very transparent and focused.

Capacity Building to Enhance Protected Area Management Effectiveness and Wildlife Conservation in the Asian Context

Protected area and wildlife managers are faced with complex challenges that demand understanding of both social and ecological attributes. Major challenges to protected areas include overharvest of natural resources for commercial purposes, inappropriate adjacent land use, agricultural encroachment, infrastructure development, and invasive species. Promoting the resilience of threatened species and ecosystems is equally complicated by issues such as habitat fragmentation, climate change, and growing costs to communities experiencing conflict with wildlife.

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