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European Commission launches strategy on green infrastructure

The European Commission has adopted a new strategy for encouraging the use of green infrastructure, and for ensuring that the enhancement of natural processes becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. Green infrastructure uses nature to provide ecological, economic and social benefits. Instead of building flood protection infrastructure, for example, a green infrastructure solution would be to allow a natural wetland to absorb the excess water from heavy rain.   …  

07 May 2013 | News story
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6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference

Supporting the Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity

Just a couple of weeks ago, representatives and stakeholders from the 55 countries in Pan-Europe have met to discuss the implementation of biodiversity policies and conservation actions in the region, in particular following the Pan-European Strategy adopted in 2011. IUCN, present at the event, will strive to actively support the implementation process.   …  

01 May 2013 | News story
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Geneva

Biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable towns and cities

The rapid expansion of cities is putting nature and the resources it provides at risk. Yet nature can help urban planners to make cities more sustainable and reduce costs, while improving the well-being of their citizens.  …  

23 Apr 2013 | News story

Irrigation of food crops

Your questions answered: Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Following the launch of the 'Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions', a Question & Answer overview on the initiative is now available. …  

09 Apr 2013 | News story
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Luc Bas

New Director at IUCN Brussels Office

Luc Bas will be taking up the position of Director of IUCN European Union Representative Office in Brussels from 1 May 2013.  …  

29 Mar 2013 | News story
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Mark Smith, IUCN Director Global Water Programme

World Water Day, by Mark Smith

Blog article by Mark Smith. "World Water Day is like any themed global day: it’s not really to ‘celebrate’ water, it’s about getting people to pay attention and decide they’re going to take action to solve water problems." …  

22 Mar 2013 | News story

The World We Want 2015

Post2015: Can there be enough water, energy, food for all?

This week, IUCN and the International Water Association (IWA) host an online consultation session on Infrastructure Solutions for the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus. As part of the UN's 'The World We Want' initiative, the consultation platform allows everyone to have their say on development issues post 2015, from 11-17 March with a particular focus on water, energy and food. …  

11 Mar 2013 | News story

Launch of the ABS Guide at CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad, 10 October 2012

Launch of the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on ABS

On 10 October 2012, the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity was launched. At the 11th meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties, the final English version of the Guide was presented by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the IUCN Global Policy Unit. This Guide will facilitate a clear understanding of the text of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and the resulting obligations for the Parties to the Protocol. …  

12 Oct 2012 | News story

ABS side event - ICNP2, Delhi 2012

ABS Side Event at ICNP2

On Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the IUCN Global Policy Unit held a side event at the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP-2) in New Delhi, in order to present the third draft of an IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity. This Guide will facilitate a clear understanding of the text of the ABS Protocol and the resulting obligations for the Parties to the Convention. Furthermore, it will provide guidance for the development of ABS legislation and implementation at the national level. …  

10 Jul 2012 | News story

Adriatic coast, Croatia

Green Economy: the Adriatic-Ionian Region plans post-Rio+20

State representatives and stakeholders from the Adriatic-Ionian Region met at a Side Event during the Rio+20 Conference to discuss past achievements and prospects for post-Rio interventions to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth in the region. Tomasz Pezold from the IUCN office in Belgrade presented IUCN’s role in this process. …  

27 Jun 2012 | News story
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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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