Cameron logging road

Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Vote for the European Tree of the year

Until the 6th March you can vote in the international European Tree of the Year contest. Five trees from five countries are in the running (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia). The winning tree will be announced at a ceremony at the IUCN European Union Representative Office in Brussels during Greenweek 2011 (24 – 27 May). …  

10 Feb 2011 | News story

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton Lefèvre, speaking at United Nations in New York.

Celebrate the good news about forests

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre addresses the Collaborative Partnership on Forests high level meeting during the 9th UN Forum on Forests, 3 February. …  

04 Feb 2011 | IUCN statement

Gorilla in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda – restoring nature for future prosperity

The Rwandan government’s plans to restore the country’s lost forest lands and boost national development, show real political commitment to deal with ecosystem degradation and its impacts on the rural poor, says IUCN. IUCN urges other countries to recognize the potential of healthy forests for sustainable economic growth. …   | French

02 Feb 2011 | International news release

Video message of IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention

IUCN congratulates the Ramsar Convention on its 40th anniversary

Video message of IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

Communicating Forest Values

Web-based learning for forestry professionals

Internet resources for knowledge sharing among the forest community are offered by Andy Alm and Jack Byrne of IUCN CEC. …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

Sitio Ramsar Jaaukanigás". Santa Fe, Argentina.

Día Mundial de los humedales se celebra hoy

El lema para 2011 es “Los Humedales y los Bosques”. Este año, la Convención Ramsar celebra también su 40º aniversario.
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02 Feb 2011 | News story

Sorting cola  nuts, Ghana

Raise the value of forests, says IUCN

A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report. …   | French | Spanish

01 Feb 2011 | International news release

Wetlands of Viet Nam

World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands

Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of particular poignancy as 2011 is the International Year of Forests. …  

01 Feb 2011 | News story

Lucy Emerton

Forest finance - Monday 31 January

This morning dawned bright and sunny on the start of the second week of the Ninth United Nations Forest Forum, says IUCN consultant Lucy Emerton. Over the course of the day, a round of consultations and debates have brought the delegates one step closer to finalising the various resolutions and decisions that will hopefully come out of the session. As of the middle of the afternoon, the skies however remain for the most part clear – with some positive indications of progress on the elements that IUCN has been championing.   …  

31 Jan 2011 | Blogs

Groundwater dependant ecosystems support livelihoods in Vietnam

World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands

Background: Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of particular poignancy as 2011 is the International Year of Forests. This year’s World Wetlands Day also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention. Ramsar protected wetland sites cover an area of 186 million hectares, about the size of Mexico, the largest protected area network in the world. …  

31 Jan 2011 | Media advisory


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