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Towards Synergy between Dugong Conservation and Community Development: Roles of NGOs and Local Communities

As the US and Japanese governments’ plan to build a US military base in Henoko/Oura Bay, Okinawa, Japan, critical habitat for the endangered Okinawa dugong, is now under critical review, efforts are being made not only towards the protection of the Okinawa dugongs per se, but also towards synergy between dugong/environmental conservation and community development.

An overlooked threat to biodiversity: The global commercial pet trade in amphibians and reptiles

The collection of amphibians and reptiles within the herpetoculture society has attracted global attention. While the US, EU have gone commercial since the late 1970s with Japan following soon after, more markets have emerged particularly in China. The pet trade with popular species has been proven to be detrimental for species due to over-collecting for commercial purposes.

Addressing Development Impacts at an Ecosystem Level: The Practical Application of the Mitigation Hierarchy

The mitigation protocol (avoid, minimize, offset/compensate) is being used at an increasing number of institutions and places around the world to reduce the environmental impacts of urban, infrastructure, industrial and agricultural development. Used correctly at an ecosystem scale, the mitigation protocol can be a highly effective method of integrating human needs and sustaining ecological processes across wide areas and can mobilize money to support conservation that would not otherwise be available.

What Works and What does not Work: Examination of Dugong Conservation Measures and Strategies

Various measures and strategies for dugong conservation have been developed and proposed at national and international levels; their implementation always takes place in the context of the "local." Successful implementation of dugong conservation measures and strategies thus implies adaption and modification of such measures and strategies in accordance with the needs of the local context. In fact, it is flexibility and capacity to adapt to change or necessary situations that are vital to dugong conservation.

SOS - Save Our Species - global conservation fund

SOS -Save Our Species is a global initiative whose objective is to conserve threatened species and their habitats. Founded by IUCN, the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, SOS offers unmatched species expertise and makes grants to the conservation community, local conservation stewards, and local communities throughout the world where and when it will have the most impact.

Future pressures and opportunities for conservation introductions: what might be moved and where, responsibly?

IUCN´s 1998 Guidelines for Reintroduction are a globally applied set of principles available in 7 languages, forming the basis of many taxon-specific versions. Despite use and application worldwide, the Guidelines required updating in light of acute, new pressures facing species, and to better guide the deliberate translocations of plants and animals proposed ostensibly for conservation purposes.

Conservation of the Okinawa Dugong: After Two IUCN Recommendations and One IUCN Resolution

In the last 12 years, the IUCN has passed two recommendations (2.72 and 3.114) and one resolution (4.022) to promote the conservation of the Okinawa dugong in light of the US and Japanese governments´ plan to construct a US military base in Henoko/Oura Bay, Okinawa, a critical habitat for the Okinawa dugong. While the construction plan still remains in effect, the recommendations/resolution have proved to be important tools in the sustained conservation efforts for the Okinawa dugong and their habitats.

Great Apes and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management through REDD

The tropical rainforests where great apes occur hold some of the most spectacular biodiversity on the planet, and they form incredibly important areas for conservation. Nevertheless, the same habitat that houses chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans—all of whom are classified as endangered or worse -- is among the fastest disappearing forest in the world and is rapidly being converted to other land uses through extractive industries such as logging, mining and agricultural expansion.

Nature Conservation: What has China been up to?

This is a joint poster exhibition among IUCN China members. While individually, it would highlight key environmental development of members, as a group it would be a picture of the recent trend of nature conservation in China.

Making biodiversity conservation "Climate Smart": adapting approaches for a changing climate

The valuable role ecosystems play in helping people to adapt to climate change has been well championed, including by IUCN, but how do we ensure that ecosystems themselves are able to adapt to a changing climate? Climate change is expected to have profound impacts on biodiversity with some estimates suggesting that up to a third of assessed species may be at elevated risk of extinction during this century.

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