World Wetlands Day 2010 -- WWF

Dear colleagues,

Happy World Wetlands Day!

I am very glad to inform you about our newly published book on the role of protected areas in climate change adaptation and mitigation that contributes well to this year's WWD theme.

Natural Solutions: protected areas helping people cope with climate change is our new report in the Arguments for Protection series, published in a powerful partnership with IUCN-WCPA, TNC, UNDP, WCS, the World Bank.

This report, as Lord Stern states in his preface, clearly articulates for the first time how protected areas contribute significantly to reducing impacts of climate change and what is needed for them to achieve even more.

The report is available on WWF's Arguments for Protection page (along with all other reports in the series):
direct link:

Report launch
The report was presented to over hundred participants of the Protected Areas and Climate Change Summit in Granada in November last year and we received very strong support and interest to follow up on the report recommendations. The partners involved in the report have therefore decided to release it in Copenhagen to make it available for the negotiations.

Webcast of the press conference at the Climate COP15 in Copenhagen:
About 20 journalists attended the press conference, including AFP, the Japan Times, BNA and media outlets from Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Indonesia and we
got some good media coverage (links are available on request).

Nik Lopoukhine's (Chair of the  IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas) OpEd in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune can be found at

Hope you make best use of the report.

Alexander Belokurov
Manager, Landscape Conservation
WWF International
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1196 Gland, Switzerland

Tel: 41-22-3649092;  Mobile: 41-79-4773566; Fax: 41-22-36404 56

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