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1 August 2012. With just over a month to go, the final touches are being put to the IUCN Congress – the event that will show the world how to achieve sustainable development with nature at its core.

In our previous Congress previews, we’ve looked at how biodiversity is critical to all aspects of our life and how to make sure the benefits of nature are shared fairly and equally. This month we examine the third of the Congress themes — natural solutions to global challenges.

Global production and consumption patterns are destroying nature — our life support system. Meanwhile, governments, the private sector and communities are under-using the power of nature to provide solutions to global challenges such as climate change, food security, and social and economic development. We call these nature-based solutions and they’re a key focus of IUCN’s work. 

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Videos : Congress themes in a nutshell

 These five key themes reflect IUCN’s priorities for the coming years …  

02 Aug 2012 | Video

Recycling at a local council facility

Showing the way

Although momentum towards a green economy is steadily building, progress has been painfully slow so far. It’s not that the knowledge of how to achieve a fairer, more stable economic system is lacking, simply the political will. …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article

Maria Ana Borges

Our experts in action: Maria Ana Borges on ecotourism

Ecotourism is one of the fastest growing segments of tourism and if carried out well, can be a great tool for conservation. But conservation organisations and managers of tourist destinations such as national parks need to become more business savvy. …  

01 Aug 2012 | Article

Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

The nature equation

Nature+ is the theme of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Enrique Lahmann and Célia Zwahlen explain its significance. …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article

Seoul street

IUCN Congress host's drive for 'green growth'

Today we speak of green energy, green tourism, green economy, etc. Many make claims on this environmental buzzword. It seems there are many shades of green; but no palette as a reference, writes Célia Zwahlen.  …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article

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