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Logging in Amazon forests with forest certification

Last chance! Participate in survey on forest certification and biodiversity

The European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is looking for interested individuals to complete a simple on- line survey on forest certification and biodiversity - deadline 15 June 2010. …  

14 Jun 2010 | News story

Marine Protected Area, fish and coral at Nha Trang

Authoritative platform on biodiversity and ecosystems to be established

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) have today announced their support for the establishment of an overarching platform to provide independent policy‐relevant information on biodiversity and ecosystem services. …  

07 Jun 2010 | News story

Breaching gray whale

Seismic threat to Critically Endangered whales

A seismic survey planned by the Russian petroleum company Rosneft in summer 2010 poses a major threat to the Critically Endangered Western Gray Whale population. In a letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, urges the Russian government to intervene to postpone the seismic survey and prevent a serious setback for animal conservation.   …  

24 May 2010 | International news release

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

One step forward to halting biodiversity loss?

Governments have made “positive moves” towards coming up with a plan to reduce the current loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the future of our planet. Over the past two weeks, delegates at a meeting in Nairobi have been discussing the scientific and technical aspects behind a new “big plan” to save all life on earth, the planet’s biodiversity. Scientists from IUCN, who have been taking part in the discussions, say that they’re encouraged by the commitment shown by governments to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years, which would set targets to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. …  

23 May 2010 | International news release

2009 Annual Report of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) “On the Move”

This report reflects the progress made by BBP in 2009; the stories are selected to present our results in terms of delivering the planned programme activities. …  

21 May 2010 | International news release

Giant mimosa (Mimosa pigra) growing 4 m high in a dense, impenetrable single species thicket on the Kafue Floodplain in Zambia

Are protected areas in Africa harbouring invasive species?

Protected areas, long thought of as safe refuges for animals and plants, are under increasing threats from invasive species which not only affect biodiversity but also people’s livelihoods. Protected areas can have huge social and economic value, particularly in Africa, where national parks are a major tourist attraction and a significant source of income. But according to the Global Invasive Species Programme, of which IUCN and CABI are partners, many managers of protected areas in Africa are not aware of the severity of the problem which is on their doorsteps nor how to address it.   …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

On the Move

BBP Annual Report 2009

"On the Move" is the title of the Annual Report of the Business and Biodiversity Programme
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11 May 2010 | News story

Nurseries have been set up to rehabilitate mined areas in Nauru.

Restoring island homes - the fighting spirit

The Republic of Nauru is one island in the Pacific that has been actively fighting to regain their island biodiversity following a decade of mining. …  

10 May 2010 | News story

Eco-tourism is becoming a source of income for communities in Madagascar

Eco-tourism is becoming a source of income for communities in Madagascar

Tourism activities in the natural parks of Madagascar are increasingly becoming a source of livelihood for communities through income generating activities and creation of employment opportunities. 

29 Apr 2010 | News story
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left to right: Anon Sirisaengtaksin, PTTEP; Aban Marker Kabraji, IUCN; Michael D. Sangster, TOTAL

Productive Landscapes, better lives

Joint initiative launched for poverty reduction in Doi Mae Salong, Thailand …  

28 Apr 2010 | News story