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The Nagoya protocol ensures fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources

Governments demonstrate their commitment to fair and equitable use of the planet’s genetic resources

A critical mass of 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has now ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) - a new international regime which aims to ensure fair access to the planet’s genetic resources, while making sure that benefits derived from their use are properly shared across the globe. This achievement will bring the Protocol into force on 12 October 2014. …  

18 Jul 2014 | News story

People and bees

Call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES

IPBES has issued a call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) for the three-year term 2015–2017, replacing the current interim MEP. The MEP is an important body as it is responsible for overseeing the scientific and technical development and implementation of the IPBES work programme. …   | French | Spanish

16 Jul 2014 | News story

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN launches Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations are now more accessible and easier to search than ever with the new IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform. The Platform, available online in English, French and Spanish, gives an opportunity to explore IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations that have shaped the global conservation agenda and the Union’s policy on important issues over the past 65 years.
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05 Jun 2014 | News story

Cattle herder in Komadugu Yobe river basin, North East Nigeria

IUCN becomes project agency for Global Environment Facility (GEF)

A milestone was reached in IUCN’s history with the recent news that it has been accepted as a Project Agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This will boost IUCN’s impact on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable development around the world. …  

26 May 2014 | News story

Women’s cooperative in Hyderabad, India

Documentation and Analysis of NBSAP Revision Processes

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the main vehicles of national implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. They are processes through which societies come together to make the difficult decisions of where, when, and how biodiversity and ecosystem services should be conserved, used sustainably, and the benefits of this use shared equitably. Most countries that are Parties to the Convention have already developed at least one NBSAP. …  

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Um Zibil forest reserve, Sudan

Nature-based solutions for a sustainable future

On 13-14 February, the European Economic and Social Committee organized a conference on “A new global partnership – European civil society positions on the post -2015 framework" in Brussels, Belgium. A wide range of civil society representatives, EU Officials and UN delegates debated to address key themes and areas for possible goals, as well as the underlying principles of universality and integration for a new development model. …  

18 Feb 2014 | News story

Chagos

Better management and funding needed to save the ocean

Marseille, France, 21 October 2013 – Effective management and more funding for marine protected areas are urgently needed to secure a longer life for our oceans and the vital services they provide, urges IUCN at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3), which opens today in Marseille, France. …  

21 Oct 2013 | News story

Rebecca Welling, Project Officer, IUCN Global Water Programme

Stepping outside the ‘water box’ to engage on Nexus issues

Blog by Rebecca Welling. This week I represented IUCN Water at the IWA Development Congress in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the recent events there, the Congress was well attended, with over 1000 water professionals, global companies and institutions gathering to share experiences and knowledge on practical solutions, in particular for improved access to water and sanitation services for urban environments. …  

18 Oct 2013 | News story

Communities face an uncertain future with longer and more severe drought spells in parts of Eastern Africa

Building resilience to drought: communities share their stories

Improving the resilience of dryland communities to the impacts of severe droughts is what the ‘Building Drought Resilience’ project in the Upper Aswa sub-catchment in Northern Uganda is all about. …  

08 Oct 2013 | News story

The future of water: what SDG will be set for the post2015 development agenda

Budapest Water Summit: Water post Rio+20

IUCN experts are attending the Budapest Water Summit, taking place 8-11 October, which will gather the international community to form a recommendation to the UN for a Sustainable Development Goal focused on water and sanitation. …  

07 Oct 2013 | 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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