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A sailboat, made partially from flip-flops, takes on Africa’s biggest lake

Early last year a dhow – a traditional East African sailing vessel – travelled over 500km south down the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania, calling in at nearly a half-…

Coastal crisis: Mangroves at risk

Vegetated coastal habitats – mangrove forests, salt-marshes and seagrass meadows – have much in common with rain forests. These “blue forests” are hot spots for…

Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually - UNEP Report

Athens, 29 September 2014 - Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 - 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages…

Full Economic Potential of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Remains Untapped, Finds New UN Report

Lima, December 9, 2014 - The economic and social benefits of mangroves - which are estimated to run into the hundreds of billions worldwide - remain largely…

Dugong conservation project makes waves

Conservation of the iconic “sea cow” and its seagrass habitat requires education and incentives. Nairobi, 27 December 2016: Popularly known as “sea cows”, dugongs…

Blue Forests: Finding Coastal and Marine Solutions to meet the Paris Agreement

What are blue forests? "Blue forests" are coastal and marine ecosystems, including mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and tidal salt marshes. They play an…

The wonder trees that nurture marine biodiversity

This 2020 theme for the International Day of Forests on 21 March is Forests and Biodiversity. It's an often-quoted fact that forests are home to 80 per cent of…

Protection of seagrasses key to building resilience to climate change, disasters - new UN report

Nairobi, 8 June 2020 – Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19…

Staunching the flow: St. Kitts and Nevis’ fight to keep its soil

When you are a small island nation, every inch of space counts. But from rising sea levels to natural disasters and coastal erosion, in the age of climate change…

UNEP and The Ocean Agency join forces with Adobe on new campaign for ocean protection

New York, 20 August 2020 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Ocean Agency, in collaboration with creativity partner Adobe, today launched…