West and Central Africa

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Infographic 'Going with the Flow'. The natural capital of water, follow @IUCN_Water on Twitter

On Valuing Nature’s Water Infrastructure

Blog by Mark Smith, Director IUCN Water Programme. Posted originally on the Economist Insight for World Environment Day 2015. …  

05 Jun 2015 | News story

Okavango Delta, a Ramsar Wetland and World Heritage Site

Safeguarding the world’s wetlands – let’s be bold, brave and ambitious

“We have to make the Ramsar Convention a catalyst for change – and change on a scale massive enough to stop and reverse a terrible history of wetland loss and destruction.” …   | Spanish

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Changement climatique

Implication des communautés pour la restauration des zones forestières dégradées en haute Guinée

Les représentants des communautés de 4 préfectures situés autour de la tête de source du Tinkisso en Guinée ont été formés aux techniques de pépinière pour garantir la production des plantes de haute qualité pour la restauration des zones forestières dégradées. …  

01 Jun 2015 | News story

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians

IUCN issues second round of recommendations on natural World Heritage

IUCN’s recommendations to the World Heritage Committee are now all available online, following a second release of reports on 29 May. IUCN recommends ‘in danger’ status for Brazil’s Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks. IUCN also recommends changes to Russia’s Lena Pillars Nature Park’s boundaries. …   | French | Spanish

29 May 2015 | News story

Couverture du Rapport PAGE 2014

Rapport de la première année de mise en œuvre du Partenariat pour la gouvernance environnementale en Afrique de l’Ouest (PAGE)

PAGE 2014 : bâtir le partenariat. C’est le titre du rapport grand public de la première année du PAGE. Le rapport est maintenant disponible en téléchargement. …  

27 May 2015 | News story

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and IUCN Director General Inger Andersen

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge leads wildlife talks at IUCN

IUCN was deeply honoured to host His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge as he convened a meeting of United for Wildlife (UfW) at IUCN headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, on Monday 18 May to discuss global cooperation in tackling the illegal wildlife trade. United for Wildlife is a collaboration led by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in conjunction with seven partner conservation organisations, including IUCN, all joining forces to tackle wildlife crime. …  

22 May 2015 | News story

Transboundary Conservation: A systematic and integrated approach

New global guidance on transboundary conservation

A new publication by IUCN aims to help transboundary conservation practitioners and those intending to become involved in initiating, managing and governing transboundary conservation programmes 

22 May 2015 | News story

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Photo de groupe des participants à l'atelier de partage sur la GIE

Partage d’expérience sur l’approche de gestion intégrée des écosystèmes en Afrique de l’Ouest

Du 6 au 8 mai 2015, s'est tenu à Cotonou au Bénin, l'atelier régional de partage d’expériences sur les approches de gestion intégrée des écosystèmes. Il a été organisé par l’UICN-PACO en collaboration du Ministère de l’Environnement, Chargé de la Gestion des Changements Climatiques, du Reboisement et de la Protection des Ressources Naturelles et Forestières du Bénin, de la CEDEAO et de l’UEMOA, dans le cadre du Partenariat pour la Gouvernance Environnementale en Afrique de l’Ouest (PAGE). Cet atelier a permis aux participants de s’approprier le concept et les enjeux de l’approche de gestion intégrée des écosystèmes et de partager les expériences d’application en cours dans les pays. …  

18 May 2015 | News story

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