Protecting the Planet Newsletter: Inspiring conservation success
  RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND NORTH AMERICA 2 OCTOBER 2014
 
REDUCING THE WRATH OF HURRICANE SANDY 
In the United States, thousands of miles of coastal national parks and wildlife refuges, made up of beaches, dunes and wetlands, provide natural storm protection for coastal communities. This ‘natural service’ is proving all the more important as climate change increases the intensity of storms and hurricanes, graphically illustrated by the impact of Hurricane Sandy which, in 2012, wreaked havoc along the east coast of the US.
  
 
 
 
Launch of the Mua voyage to Sydney
© Cook Islands Voyaging Society
 
IUCN world parks congress 2014
Destination Sydney: Mua voyage launches from Cook Islands with message on people, oceans and climate change
The Marumaru Atua has set sail from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, the first of four Pacific voyaging canoes that will sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna is expected to arrive on board the Marumaru Atua when it sails into Sydney Harbour for the opening of the Congress to highlight the Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future message.
 
 
Mont Panié kauri © Tim Waters CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
 
inspiring places
Mont Panié Wilderness Reserve, New Caledonia
Taking its name from the highest peak in Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s main island, Mont Panié Wilderness Reserve is home to the endemic Mont Panié kauri  – a huge conifer that has dwelt here for over 1,000 years. The indigenous Kanak people call it ‘dayu biik’, referring to its capacity to resist cyclones and other natural disasters. The reserve provides fresh water, game, fish, shrimp and medicinal plants to local communities. It also offers protection against erosion and helps to regulate the climate.
 
 
Jeff Horowitz
 
inspiring people
Living dangerously: Interview with Jeff Horowitz
Why is it important for people to understand the connection between forests, deforestation and climate change? And how important are protected areas in this equation? Read our full interview with Jeff Horowitz, co-producer for the Emmy Award-winning climate change documentary series, ‘Years of Living Dangerously’, and founder of Avoided Deforestation Partners, a global network of prominent individuals who are dedicated to advancing US and international climate policies, with a particular focus on ending deforestation.
 
 
A community workshop using the Climate Witness Community Toolkit © WWF MWIOPO
 
Inspiring solutions
Marine protected areas – helping to face climate change in Madagascar
In north west Madagascar, the Nosy Hara marine protected area is the country’s first to incorporate climate change adaptation into its management plan. Nosy Hara is a case study for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. It is promoted under the Blue Solutions initiative, in which four leading environment, conservation and development institutions combine efforts to develop innovative marine and coastal management approaches and policy advice.
 
 
The Sundarbans, World Heritage site
©  IUCN / Quayyum Abdul
 
WORLD HERITAGE
Recognising the power of wetlands
A wetland restoration project in the Sundarbans, a protected area with World Heritage status shared by India and Bangladesh that hosts one of the largest mangrove forests in the world, is addressing climate change, protecting the coastline from floods while securing food and income for local communities. In 2011, the Livelihoods Fund, a carbon investment fund created by Danone, the Ramsar Convention and IUCN, joined the local NGO NEWS in a project aiming to plant over 16 million mangroves in the Indian Sundarbans.
 
 
American Agave © Naamsvermelding vereist, Wikipedia Commons
 
BIOPAMA
Building knowledge on invasive alien species in the Pacific
Invasive alien species are recognised as the second largest drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide and island ecosystems appear to be more vulnerable to invasions. BIOPAMA and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Invasive Species Specialist Group (IUCN SSC ISSG) are working together to address this challenge by improving the access to data on invasive alien species in island countries in the Oceania.
 
 
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador © Robert Hofstede
 
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Adapting to climate change in the Andes
The Andean páramos – high-altitude grasslands running through Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela – are critical to millions of people. The ecosystem supports livelihoods, provides habitat for species found nowhere else and is important for cultural identity. But it is vulnerable to climate change. And climate is not the only change it is facing. IUCN’s Regional Office for South America, together with partner organisations, recently carried out a study on the state of knowledge of climate change impacts in this part of the world.
 
 
St Vincent and the Grenadines
© Global Parks
 
GET INVOLVED
Mentoring for stronger management of protected areas
Would you like to become involved in a new mentoring programme for protected areas practitioners? Global Parks and WCPA have now joined forces to deliver just that. This programme aims to strengthen the management of protected areas by both non-government and government protected area officials. At the upcoming IUCN World Parks Congress, the mentoring programme will be highlighted as part of the Capacity Development cross-cutting theme.
 
 
 
SURVEY
Help advance our knowledge on the values of protected areas
Take part in a new survey developed by Oxford University to redefine protected areas as assets. Part of the Project for Protected Area Resiliency, the survey will help refine a new framework designed to identify and better understand the types of assets and values found in protected areas, and the threats posed to them. The framework offers an exciting an opportunity to gather experts’ knowledge on an increasingly relevant topic.
 
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