Harvesting barley in Annapurna Conservation Area,Nepal

About conservation and social policy

Healthy ecosystems produce goods and services that provide livelihoods for people and the potential for economic development. These include fresh water, agricultural productivity, fisheries, forest products, energy and protection from natural hazards. But when human activity degrades the environment, these goods and services decline, hampering economic and social development and leaving rural, marginalized communities more vulnerable.

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Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer.

Traditional knowledge key to conserving biodiversity

Climate change, unsustainable development and biodiversity loss are mounting threats to life on earth and human societies. Throughout the ages, local communities have developed knowledge and tools for survival and adaptation to their environment. But as indigenous cultures, local languages and practices are eroded, so is our civilization’s resilience to new environmental challenges. …  

12 Apr 2010 | News story

Indigenous woman accompanied by her baby, harvesting manioc in the forest; Ecuador.

Study on indigenous peoples and climate change issues made available

IUCN has undertaken an in-depth review of the concerns of indigenous peoples in relation to current international climate change and REDD-plus policy making. 

08 Apr 2010 | Downloads - document

El Salvador

IUCN and Members form a Conservation Initiative on Human Rights

IUCN and seven other major conservation organisations are collaborating to promote human rights in conservation …   | French | Spanish

23 Mar 2010 | News story

Facilitators leading vulnerability assessment in Kenya

IUCN and the Global Water Initiative partners conduct vulnerability assessment training

IUCN as part of The Global Water Initiative (GWI) conducted vulnerability assessment trainings across four countries in East Africa – Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. …  

02 Dec 2009 | News story

Sacred waterfall in Nyika National Park, Malawi

IUCN launches Russian and Spanish versions of Sacred Sites Guidelines

IUCN launches today Russian and Spanish versions of its Sacred Natural Sites: Guidelines for Protected Area Managers – a landmark publication to support the protection of sacred places around the world. …  

09 Nov 2009 | News story

Women discussion group in Tenedba-Eastern Sudan

Milestone Gender and Climate Change Agreement on Horizon

The Copenhagen agreement may be the first to recognize the gender dimensions of climate change, saving the lives of millions of women and children and taking a major step toward addressing the human impacts of climate change. …  

05 Nov 2009 | News story

Elinor Ostrom lecturing at Indiana University

IUCN congratulates Nobel Prize winner

IUCN congratulates Professor Elinor Ostrom, a member of IUCN's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, for winning the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. …  

15 Oct 2009 | News story

Logging truck

Forest governance and climate policies

Fred Stolle of the World Resources Institute looks at the need for REDD to address forest governance issues as well as creating market incentives. …  

01 Oct 2009 | News story
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Edible bamboo shoots for sale in Northern Lao PDR

Getting REDD right for forest people

Mark Poffenberger of Community Forestry International calls for the climate mitigation negotiations to take account of the rights and concerns of forest dependent people. …  

01 Oct 2009 | News story

Q’eqchí’-Maya girl helps to fill bags with soil in a large nursery in the Lachuá, Guatemala

REDD: putting women at risk or providing opportunities?

Jeannette Gurung of WOCAN highlights some of the gender differentiated impacts of REDD.
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01 Oct 2009 | News story


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