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Saving our Drylands
October 2011. This month’s Focus exposes the real value of drylands and IUCN’s efforts to save them. With the biennial meeting of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) taking place 10 to 21 October in the Republic of Korea, IUCN will be promoting solutions that simultaneously conserve the extraordinary biodiversity found in drylands and improve the lives of the people living in them.
Let's do it!
From Karakorum to Kalimantan
From Beirut to Bahrain
July 2011. Few regions are as diverse and fascinating as West Asia, the convergence point of Mediterranean, Persian and Arabic civilizations. Spanning Mediterranean forests, deserts, mountains, mangroves and coral reefs, this region has it all ecologically but is undergoing some profound environmental changes.
Simply the best?
Natural born heroes
IUCN at work in South America
1 March 2011. From towering waterfalls to mighty mountains, lush rainforests to harsh deserts, South America is a land of contrasts and a land of extremes. It is home to the world's highest waterfall—Angel Falls in Venezuela, the longest mountain range—the Andes, the driest place on earth—the Atacama Desert and the largest rainforest—the Amazon Rainforest.
IUCN celebrates the International Year of Forests
Next steps for biodiversity
IUCN and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Cancún, Mexico
November 2010. The challenge posed to humanity by climate change is as great and as urgent as ever. The impacts on people and biodiversity are already being felt in most parts of the world; this year has again seen a number of extreme, devastating weather events. Learn about IUCN's efforts to make sure nature becomes a central part of global solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Deadline Life: IUCN and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, Japan
October 2010. The United Nations General Assembly dedicated a high level summit to biodiversity in September which gave much-needed political impetus for a sustained global response to the crisis facing the natural world. Now, all eyes are turning to the Japanese city of Nagoya where leaders will gather for the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 18 to 29 October 2010.
Water for life: conserving the earth's freshwater
Mysteries of the big blue: IUCN's work on saving the oceans
Wonders of the world: spotlight on World Heritage
Energizing the future: making the transition to sustainable energy
Greening business and the world economy
April 2010. Despite the recent global economic crisis, business and industry are still growing. With this growth comes increasing calls from government and civil society for them to improve their environmental and social record. IUCN, along with its partners in the conservation community, is showing how economic development can be made more sustainable.
The appliance of science: IUCN's input to the Convention on Biological Diversity's scientific body
Managing global wildlife trade
March 2010. New measures to sustainably manage the international trade of bluefin tuna, elephants, sharks and numerous other species are being debated at the triennial conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which takes place 13 to 25 March.
Forest futures: IUCN's work on conserving the world's forests
February 2010. Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging and agriculture and biofuel expansion competing for forested lands, forests and the people who depend on them are under increasing pressure.
International Year of Biodiversity
2010-2011. Join us in celebrating 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity, declared by the United Nations. Throughout the year we will be celebrating biological diversity – the variety of life on Earth – and boosting awareness of how important it is for our lives.
Turning the tide: United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen
Adapting to change, the natural way
November 2009. The impacts of climate change are already being felt by both people and the environment around the world and they’re set to get a lot worse. Sea levels are rising, threatening island nations and coastal areas, storms are becoming more violent bringing floods and landslides, and droughts are intensifying. Learn how nature can play a major role in protecting us against the impacts of climate change.
Forest, people and climate change: the REDD solution
October 2009. Major reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are necessary if we are to avoid disastrous climate change. Given that deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 17% of man-made global greenhouse gas emissions, conservation and sustainable management of forests is a good place to start. Learn more about REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.