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Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Set to Overcome Sustainable Development Data Challenges at a Critical Time For Decision Makers

Abu Dhabi, 6 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit opened in Abu Dhabi today, with leaders of the Summit Alliance partner organisations highlighting the critical role the movement is playing in promoting dialogue and driving international action to help overcome the challenges associated with data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

Irrigation agriculture, Azraq, Jordan

Key 9 steps to achieve water stewardship in agriculture

On the occassion of the new publication 'Water Stewardship in Agriculture', James Dalton and Stuart Orr share their views on water stewardship and the steps to take for it to work in the agricultural sector:   …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

UNEP IKM Steering Committee Meeting

UNEP IKM Steering Committee Meeting

The MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative Steering Committee met for the 6th time to discuss and agree on standards and improvements in information management, outlining the synergies between UNEP affiliated Multilateral Environmental Agreements and providing information for better policy and decision making. IUCN participated in this meeting in its capacity as longstanding observer to the initiative, as ECOLEX partner and as project consultant. The IUCN Environmental Law Centre developed a thesaurus of approx. 500 concepts (including additional synonyms, definitions, translations and alignments to controlled vocabularies of affiliated Multilateral Environmental Agreements) which was presented during the launch of the new search interface LEO (Law and Environment Ontology), an information system which envisages to present MEA COP decisions, national reports and e-learning tools together with treaty information, legislation, literature and court decisions harvested from ECOLEX. …  

05 Oct 2015 | News story


The Principle of Non Regression of Environmental Law in Ibero-America

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre presents a new book, The Principle of No Regression of Environmental Law in Ibero-America, which is published in the series “IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper”. Members of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Masters in Environmental Law of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) contributed to this book, which describes how this new principle has permeated into national legislation and jurisprudence in different countries of the region. …  

30 Sep 2015 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law

Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV

The Environmental Law Centre represented IUCN in the Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 7 – 11 September, 2015. The Montevideo Programme IV was adopted by the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009 as a strategy for the international law community and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

25 Sep 2015 | News story

Waterfalls in Togitogiga Reserve, Samoa

Launch of IUCN Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Modules

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. All are freely available on This platform also provides a hub for educators to upload their own relevant resources to share with others around the world. …  

18 Sep 2015 | News story

HE Mohammed Al Bowardi receiving the award from Dr Simon Stuart

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi receives Sir Peter Scott Conservation Award

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), was awarded the 2015 Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit at the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  

16 Sep 2015 | News story

Marilize van der Walt, South African Wildlife College, presenting her findings at the BIOPAMA training of trainers programme on negotiation skills, February 2015

South African Wildlife College-BIOPAMA collaboration benefits protected area and conservation staff

The South African Wildlife College (SAWC) is a unique and dynamic college that is synonymous with conservation education, training and skills development. The college targets protected area practitioners of all kinds to ensure that they are well equipped for the ever changing challenges in this field. Acknowledging the link between protected areas and natural resource management, the college takes a holistic approach which considers community relations, conflict resolution, project planning, and financial control. Following training offered by BIOPAMA in Eastern and Southern Africa, the College is adding negotiation skills training into their capacity development offer. …   | French

16 Sep 2015 | News story

The 2015 SSC Leaders' Meeting brings together over 300 conservation experts

Over 300 conservation experts meet to tackle extinction crisis

The third IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting kicked off today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This meeting brings together over 300 conservationists with diverse expertise to address how global conservation efforts can be improved to halt the alarming rate of biodiversity loss. …  

15 Sep 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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