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Farmer harvesting millet in Ghana's Upper West Region

Ghana bridges existing local forest governance with design of REDD+ benefit sharing

Ghana’s Community Resource Management Areas are providing the ideal starting point to build equitable REDD+ governance and benefit sharing arrangements …  

02 Nov 2015 | Article

Bearded Vulture, Near Threatened

Conservationists warn Africa’s vultures are sliding towards extinction

Gland, Switzerland 29 October 2015 (IUCN) – Six of Africa’s 11 vulture species – the continent’s largest and most recognisable birds of prey – are now at a higher risk of extinction, according to the latest assessment of birds for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, carried out by BirdLife International – an IUCN Red List partner. …  

29 Oct 2015 | International news release

Children on African rice plantation

Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’

By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role played by ecosystems such as rivers, floodplains and wetlands – or ‘natural infrastructure’. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

Anne Walton

Anne Walton, NOAA - A career in marine conservation

Anne Walton has been a leading figure on marine protected area (MPA) issues, in the US and beyond, since the early 1990’s. She was instrumental in building up and leading NOAA’s International MPA Capacity Building Program, which has benefitted MPA practitioners in over 30 countries. As Anne steps down from the leadership of the programme to move into new areas of marine conservation, we highlight her remarkable contributions to strengthening MPA management around the globe. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Eriosyce chilensis

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List

Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group by IUCN and partners, published today in the journal Nature Plants. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ - more threatened than mammals and birds.
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