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Regional Conservation Fora

The Regional Conservation Fora, taking place between May-October 2011, will provide Members, Commissions and the Secretariat with an opportunity to meet and prepare for the next World Conservation Congress (Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6-15 September 2012).
The agendas of the Regional Fora will include consultation on the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 and on the changes proposed to the governance of the Union from the IUCN Council, as well as training sessions on all aspects of the Congress (motions process, accreditation, voting, etc.) to ensure Members are well prepared to exercise their rights and to get the most out of the experience.


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A selection of the latest conservation news from and for Members featured on the IUCN website.

> IUCN Member FIBA moves into Conservation Centre
> Search for Nature Photojournalist of the Year
> Engagement with Tata Steel Thailand?
> Endangered penguins in rehab
> Push for more women in conservation at Cousin Island
> From Bangkok to Durban: Time to act on Cancun deal
> Nature - to die for?
> The man who saves turtles
> Rumbles in the jungle
> Winning hearts and minds
> Community based adaptation to climate change
> Nature Seychelles builds infrastructure for conservation
> Degraded coastal wetlands contribute to climate change
> 2000 new trees thanks to Spanish National Committee
> Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for much longer
> IUCN North Africa Members' Forum
> PACO Regional Conservation Forum
> Building Bridges newsletter: Conservation and the Private Sector
> Nigerian Member launches documentaries on Climate Change
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IUCN welcomes Rwanda as new State Member

The Government of Rwanda has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes. IUCN has a long history of fruitful collaboration with the Government of Rwanda on conservation issues. Most recently, they have been working on the Rwanda Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, a landmark project aiming to restore the country’s degraded natural ecosystems by 2035. The recovery of these ecosystems will provide numerous services and employment opportunities to improve livelihoods in the country.

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Drapeau Rwanda

Natural born heroes

Our April Focus on the IUCN website highlights the compelling stories of some of conservation's unsung heroes in their efforts to save the natural world. From our rivers, deserts, forests and coastlines to the international corridors of power, IUCN works with thousands of people who are battling with quiet determination to protect biodiversity and to give nature a voice.

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Natural born heroes

Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012.

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Azraq Wetlands Reserve

2012 World Conservation Congress

Stay up to date with developments on the Congress web pages

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Summit of Mt. Halla

Members' Portal

This is an exclusive platform for Members to share knowledge, engage with other IUCN Members and learn about new opportunities. Visit the Members' Portal to view recent information from the IUCN Council and Secretariat and to access interesting opportunities: jobs, funding and awards.

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IUCN expert Commissions

 Latest Commission newsletters/reports:

> Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
> Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
> Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
> Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
> Species Survival Commission (SSC)
> World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
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Flowers of Balochistan


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Children of French Polynesia with books from the Honu Toolkit

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Research on great apes in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo

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Photo credits: Header © Aniszewski@ Dreamstime.com; 2012 Congress logo © IUCN; Winning hearts and minds © Blue Ventures; Rwanda flag © UICN PACO; Natural born heroes © IUCN/Ewa Magiera; Azraq Wetlands Reserve © IUCN WAME; Mt. Jeju © Jeju Province; Parrot © Gabriel Dávila; Flower © IUCN Pakistan; Children in French Polynesia © Te mano o te moana; Branding Research on great apes © Crikette Sanz.