Water and wetlands

Addressing the Global Amphibian Crisis by Integrating Policy, Planning, and Research

Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of organisms on the planet, with over one third of the evaluated 6300 species listed as threatened and a further one third exhibiting declining populations. In 2005, an Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) was drafted as a general framework for amphibian conservation worldwide. This framework needs to be downscaled and tailored to the unique challenges that amphibians face in different parts of the world, and translated into specific actions needed to safeguard local amphibian faunas.

Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Water Resources Management: learning from scenarios for transboundary river basins

Protecting and adequately managing water resources is a cross-cutting issue relevant for environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation, sanitation, economy, socio-political interaction, livelihoods and human well-being. Unfortunately, such complex endeavor has proven to be easier said than done in most regions; situation that turns more complicated when considering the transboundary character of most freshwater ecosystems in the world. In a transboundary context, shared resources are subject to competition, different jurisdictions and contrasting interests.

Conserving and Restoring Coastal Wetlands Globally: Identifying Opportunities and Constraints

Coastal habitats such as shellfish reefs, mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes are the engines of prosperity for coastal communities and some of the most degraded ecosystems on earth. People depend on these habitats for food and, in some instances even protection from storms, but coastal habitats continue to be damaged by an array of acute and chronic stressors. As more people live in coastal areas, the loss of these habitats has local, regional and even global consequences, and restoration of these habitats is an element of marine conservation that will demand more attention.

Energy, Resource Competition and Resilient Ecosystems

In the coming decades the world will face tough challenges: rising demand for energy, water, and food, tightening energy supplies, growing impact of climate change, and continued loss of biodiversity. Awareness is growing that these issues are interlinked and that single-issue solutions are not sustainable.
A lot of work has been done on understanding the linkages between two systems, but little is known on the nexus between the three of them.

Conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill

The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) has the most restricted distribution of all spoonbills: confined to the coastal areas of eastern Asia. It is listed as an endangered species by the IUCN. Its main breeding sites are distributed along the west coast of Korea. The wintering sites are the southern parts of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HongKong, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

A Spatial Analysis of Korean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Protected area designation is essentially a spatial approach that attempts to regulate the human use of a space by preemptively labeling it as ´protected.´ Far from the title, however, a protected is not always "protected" in a rigorous sense. In effect, as reflected in the IUCN definition, a protected area includes diverse categories from those that are strictly preserved to those that are communally managed without a necessary legal protection.

Participación de los pobladores locales en el manejo sustentable de las áreas protegidas

La Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), ha propiciado la realización de proyectos comunitarios sustentables y acciones de conservación de protección, cuidado, manejo y restauración de los ecosistemas y su biodiversidad, con el apoyo de los pobladores locales.

A Systems Approach Towards Energy, Food and Environmental Security: the Biochar Story

The quality of life for present and future generations depends on the development and adoption of new research paradigms that integrate the physical, biological and social sciences. Such integrative research is required to provide the new insights and fundamental knowledge needed to address the wide range of issues associated with ecosystems and their relationship to human health and well-being.

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.

Integrating Ethics into the Management of Water Ecosystems

Ethical assumptions about how water and water ecosystems (e.g., rivers, lakes, wetlands) should be used constitute powerful drivers of water management and investment strategies. Through a process of "unwrapping" and analyzing the underlying values held by diverse stakeholders, debate can focus on the values directly. But then what? How can we engage with various categories of stakeholders to facilitate a "revaluation" process?

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