Success stories shared on this page are intended to help the #NatureForAll community grow the important work being undertaken to connect people with nature exponentially. Rather than providing a “one size fits all” solution, #NatureForAll aims to foster enabling environments to reduce barriers and connect people with nature in different regions, contexts and realities.
As individual organizations we know how to adapt good practices; we know how to measure impact; we know how to inspire and communicate. Now we need to share our successes, collaborate, and amplify our reach to engage new audiences to connect with and fall in love with nature. Working with the incredible network of IUCN Member Organizations and Commission Members, and with other committed partners, we can succeed in this bold and transformational vision. #NatureForAll will spark the change and ignite action for conservation!
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A 7‐day event designed to promote cross‐border tourism activities in the Ai/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The event combines night‐time mountain biking and a day of canoeing and aims to contribute towards unlocking the tourism potential of the park through staging of a world class annual multi-stage MTB event.
The NGO sets up community gardens on vacant urban land in the city of São Paulo's socioeconomically deprived East Zone (Zona Leste) to provide jobs, income, and to enhance food sovereignity. Provides agricultural training for people who have poor chances on the regular job market as community gardeners. Since 2004, the NGO has implemented 25 community gardens together with about 115 local residents who have started earning their livelihoods as community gardeners.
The project group “Isar-Plan” was initiated in 1995 to improve flood protection and recreational opportunities by redesigning the Isar. The project restored the Isar river in Munich from its artificial canal bed to a more natural shape and function in order to improve flood control, biodiversity and recreational opportunities. Construction started in 2000 and was finished in 2011 having restored 8km of river.
Climate change can cause heat islands in cities, affecting public health and infrastructure. Vienna thus developed a pioneer program for greening buildings, including the façade of the department for waste management, to investigate the effects on heat flow in winter and the influence on the heat transfer losses and heat demand of the building. The facades were also to create ecological niches for insects and birds and positively affect the surrounding indoor and outdoor climates.
Education is a long-term priority for the conservation of chimpanzees and other wildlife. In 2007, the MPI conservation group, and the WCF, created Club P.A.N for schools in West Africa. The project’s aim is to discourage children living near wild chimpanzee habitats from consuming bush-meat and to enable them to be pro-active in biodiversity conservation. Club P.A.N. is active in schools around the Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire and schools in Guinea from around the newly approved Moyen-Bafing National Park.
Amongst the most visited protected wilderness areas in the world (1.2 mio. entry tickets being sold on a yearly average). In spite of this, public awareness about SGNP has been very low. As a result, a wide spectrum project to reach out to many people and get them involved in the park was initiated, which includes an education and awareness campaign (with website, print media etc.), public events (overnight camps, guided walks etc.), and engaging decision makers.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre minimized a set of environmental challenges like floods, wildfires, landslides, biodiversity loss and land degradation in the Jagdishpur wetland (a Ramsar site) and its upstream area. They reached 14,168 indigenous households highly dependent on forest resources, improved their livelihoods and increased food security up to 9-12 months. Project objectives were achieved through awareness campaigns, agro-forestry practices, sloping area land technology, bioengineering techniques, a revamp in irrigation and water recharge systems, and installations of cooking stoves, solar home systems, as well as biogas plants.
Building on local knowledge, Runa provides training to indigenous farmers to mitigate the effects of climate change, foster biodiversity, and improve livelihoods by creating new value for forest products and increasing access to markets and economic stability. Runa supports farmers with capacity-building workshops to create platforms for collective decision-making and management. These initiatives empower local communities to manage their own resources, improve their livelihoods, gain access to credit, restore biodiversity, and protect cultural traditions tied to their agroforestry systems.
In 2010, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) and the Summit Foundation launched the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program to accelerate the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef system (MAR) by supporting high impact conservation projects and strengthening the capacities and leadership skills of young conservationists in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. To date, MAR Leadership has trained 71 fellows from different backgrounds and sectors who now apply skills from this program in numerous marine conservation projects in the MAR region.
Managing marine resources heavily relies on data, but in many contexts, including Pacific Island countries, data deficiency in fisheries and other marine resources prevents informed management decisions. Find here the full documentation of smartphone app use and development for (marine) resource management here.
The restoration and protection of biodiversity in coastal parks to address dune degradation can provide solutions to other issues. In New Zealand these include protection against coastal hazards, providing culturally important plant fiber resources, and improving the natural character and amenity values of the coastline. The key to securing the best range of benefits is a place-based and community centred approach that first identifies how parks management can assist local communities.
The high ecological importance of the three islands of Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia located in the heart of the Coral Triangle Center is used for developing a Marine Protected Area learning site. It addresses the lack of formalization of natural resource management and inadequate protection of marine biodiversity with main institutional strategies to foster platforms for on-the-ground learning and sharing of knowledge and skills about tropical marine conservation.
Several factors contributed to the consolidation of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Ecuador. One of them was the empowerment of indigenous organizations to establish "Use and Management Agreements" with the State. Besides that, the government defined policies for the conservation of protected areas, such as the Socio Bosque Program, the National Environment Fund, and investments in sustainable tourism. Finally, the availability of funds and technical assistance from international cooperation was key to support an initiative integration across borders.
When Marismas Nacionales, Nayarit, Mexico, was declared a biosphere reserve, there was community resistance to change of their current productive practices. CONANP developed a long-term strategy for changing perception of the context of climate change impacts, that was focused on raising awareness, capacity development, and continual technical support. A specific measure has been the rehabilitation of mangrove ecosystems through the reestablishment of natural salt and fresh water flows.
In Stuttgart, important green belts and green divides stretch between the built-up settlement areas, mitigating the climate heat stress. Greenery now covers more than 60% of the area. Furthermore, over 39% of Stuttgart’s surface area has been put under the protection of nature conservation orders. Incorporating these as important features in a Land Use Plan along with green belt policy are the most promising areas of municipal influence in respect of their impact on urban climatology and climate protection.
Challenges for decision-makers can be assessing when market-based solutions to biodiversity loss are likely to be culturally acceptable, as well as effective, efficient and equitable. Economic values of ecosystem services can justify funding for nature conservation and mobilize political support.
As a former PA ranger, manager and then lecturer for Tourism & Protected Areas at the National University in Mongolia, I understand well the challenges Protected Areas face. In 2015, my tour company Stone Horse Expeditions developed along with the Khan Khentii SPA Administration a Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure horse trip, whereby international guests could work with rangers and contribute to conservation efforts while on a great wilderness holiday. - Keith Swanson
Conservation Through Love and Guerrilla Environmental Education, ConCiencia - Peru
We work with locals to form closer bonds and vigilance over nature by creating nature camps in different locations. We include fun, purposeful family activities. Children and parents form the confidence to spend time in nature and explore. By developing teaching resources and collaborating with schools, we can slowly insert immersive nature experiences in curriculum. It is important to have changes in policy to scale this kind of education approach.
The UNDP supported GEF financed New Conservation Areas in the Philippines project (NewCAPP) has worked with the Government and local and indigenous communities to create new conservation areas as a strategy for expanding coverage of key biodiversity areas in the PA network. The project supported indigenous communities to map, inventory, formally establish and manage Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) in their traditional territories.
Santa Cruz is a coastal community with about 26 thousands inhabitants with a strong past history of sea turtle slaughter and consumption as well as marine degradation. This solution addresses raising awareness and effectively engaging the community in endangered species protection and marine conservation.
This project aims to prevent continued decline of the endangered Hector’s dolphins. Dolphins are getting caught as bycatch in trawl and set nets. People want to help dolphins but don't know how. Citizen scientists are being trained, to extend the number and location of sightings around New Zealand, as well as identify when strandings occur. At the same time, these citizen scientists become protectors of the dolphins, intimately involved in their survival.