Environmental Conservation Articles

  • How Carbon Trading Can Help Preserve Coastal Ecosystems

    Introduction The ocean is the largest long-term carbon sink on the planet, storing and cycling 93% of the earth’s CO2 . The ocean’s vegetated habitats, in particular mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses, comprise only 0.05% of the plant biomass, but store equal amount of carbon as terrestrial biomass per year, and thus stand among the most ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Scientists, a new quota species?

    Globally, marine conservation is high on the agenda. The need to protect and conserve species and habitats from deleterious anthropogenic impacts has never been of more concern than it is currently. However, that is not to say we, as a society, are achieving effective marine conservation, in fact we are far from it. Global summits have come and gone, as have the targets they set for marine ...

  • Action plan for peatland conservation and wise use in Russia. Moscow/ Wetlands International Russia Programme, 2003. 20 pp.

    According' the National Land Inventory of 1 January 2000, mires make up 8.2% of the total land resources of the Russian Federation. According to expert evaluation, mires and peat-containing paludified landscapes cover at least 20% of the country's territory and are a major part of the world's peatland resource. Peatlands use in the economy is associated with the following problems brought about ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Horseshow Lake Conservation Area Department of Natural Resources-case study

    Humpback Trailer Pump and Diesel/PTO Power Unit Testimonial August 2005. Horseshow Lake Conservation Area Department of Natural Resources, Granite City, Illinois purchased one Crisafulli 16" Humpback, regular lift, industrial duty trailer pump and one Crisafulli diesel/PTO skid mounted power unit together with tubing, hose assembly, and spare parts. The state agency made the ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Horseshow lake conservation area department of natural resources-case study

    Humpback Trailer Pump and Diesel/PTO Power Unit Testimonial August 2005.  Horseshow Lake Conservation Area Department of Natural Resources, Granite City, Illinois purchased one Crisafulli 16" Humpback, regular lift, industrial duty trailer pump and one Crisafulli diesel/PTO skid mounted power unit together with tubing, hose assembly, and spare parts. The state agency ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Trends of climate with rapid change in Sinai, Egypt

    This study presents evidence for rapid climate change in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Analyses of data for temperature and rainfall from 1970 to 2014 show a clear tendency towards decreasing rainfall and increasing average temperatures. This trend caused severe droughts for many years that were suddenly interrupted by high and unpredictable rainfall that fluctuated heavily in space and time. If ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Dan Theobald-WaterExpertDan talks Water Conservation Live on WDAF-TV FOX4 KC

    Entire Interview: Interviewer: So thank you! Well, with current water restrictions across California, Earth Day is a perfect time to talk about conserving water. This morning, we got WaterExpert, Dan Theobald, here with saving H2O. Dan, Water Man! WaterExpert Dan: Thank you, thank you. ...

  • Conservation is complicated, and all approaches need to be on the table

    Dispatches from the front line suggest an important role for a novel ecosystem approach to conservation In a recent essay in this magazine, Daniel Simberloff and co-authors liken the novel ecosystem concept to “a Trojan horse for ...


    By Ensia

  • “Novel ecosystems” are a Trojan horse for conservation

    They provide a license to trash nature if they provide ecosystem services Conservation biology and restoration ecology have been roiled by a bandwagon termed “novel ecosystems,” heralded as the “new ecological world order” in a manifesto published in 2006 by several ecologists headed by Richard Hobbs, then editor in chief of the journal ...


    By Ensia

  • Can big data save the last of India’s wild tigers?

    Analyzing 25,000 individual observations, wildlife managers find clues to help stop poachers in their tracks. Traveling in small, nomadic groups, carrying knives, axes and steel traps, tiger poachers in India have long held advantages over those trying to protect the big cats. The poachers, motivated mainly by demand for tiger bones used in traditional ...


    By Ensia

  • A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2015

    This paper presents the results of our sixth annual horizon scan, which aims to identify phenomena that may have substantial effects on the global environment, but are not widely known or well understood. A group of professional horizon scanners, researchers, practitioners, and a journalist identified 15 topics via an iterative, Delphi-like process. Wetlands International was part ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Interactive effects of climate change with nutrients, mercury, and freshwater acidification on key taxa in the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative region

    The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative LCC (NA LCC) is a public‐private partnership that provides information to support conservation decisions that may be affected by global climate change (GCC) and other threats. The NA LCC region extends from southeast Virginia to the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Within this region, the U.S. National Climate Assessment documented increases in ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Inputs by Wetlands International to the zero-draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction

    Calling for integrated water and wetland management to reduce disaster risk Wetlands International welcomes the co-chairs' zero draft, dated 20 October. As an organisation with experience in wetland conservation, restoration and sustainable use for the benefit of communities worldwide, we put forward a set of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 Framework, summarised in this ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Mudbank - Responsible business supporting biodiversity and flyway conservation

    Mudbank is an innovative approach for business to support the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds around the globe. To offset the impact of development projects, Mudbank invests on behalf of companies in the permanent protection of important coastal habitat along migratory flyways. It is designed to be an option in the Mitigation Hierarchy—and not just an “in lieu ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Keep it Fresh or Salty - An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects

    Wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century. A diverse portfolio of financing sources has been used for supporting such activities including philanthropy, multi- and bilateral aid, in-country governmental funding, tourismrelated and other usage fees, as well as fees and levies associated with wetlands-centric extractive industries (e.g. peat ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Wetland friendly breakfast in Argentina

    “The natural flow of water in the Parana Delta is altering,” tells a local farmer. “We know this is caused by the increasing amount of infrastructure for the conversion of the Parana Delta wetlands into soy plantations. There is evidence that as a result, communities are no longer protected during the regular floods that occur in the Delta.” He is eager to find solutions ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Challenges to the integration of wetlands into IWRM: The case of the Inner Niger Delta (Mali) and the Lobau Floodplain (Austria)

    Wetlands are too often perceived as standalone elements and are poorly integrated into river basin management. The Ramsar Convention recognizes the critical linkage between wetlands, water and river basin management; the governments that are party to the Convention have committed to conserving their wetlands within a framework of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Going Paperless: An Environment Manager’s Guide to Results-Based Conservation

    There is an obvious business need to create and distribute physical, printed documents, but in spite of this dynamic many forward-thinking organizations around the world have been pursuing paperless initiatives in recent years. The market for eBook readers, smartphones and tablet computers has exploded and a preference towards consuming information from digital devices is emerging, especially ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Hand in hand: wetland conservation and tourism in Senegal

    I recently got the chance to experience the natural beauty of Djoudj National Park in Senegal for the first time and see its conservation needs. The Djoudj is a paradise for over a million waterbirds and a lot of other biodiversity. It provides an ideal setting for developing sustainable solutions such as tourism that should allow the surrounding villages, visitors and nature to benefit from this ...


    By Wetlands International

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