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All rangers who have been shot at, raise your hands

Nature - to die for?

As the battle between poachers and park rangers escalates, what's needed to protect the people who put their lives on the line for nature?  

01 Apr 2011 | Article
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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.

Search for Nature Photojournalist of the Year

Photojournalists, both professional and amateur, are invited to enter the first ever Nature Images Awards organised by IUCN and French nature magazine Terre Sauvage. Judges will be looking for entries which use inspirational images of nature to demonstrate the unique relationship between people and the natural world. …   | Chinese

29 Mar 2011 | News story

A nomad family in Qinghai, China

Call for Small Grant Award on Gender, Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security

CGIAR has launched a new program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS’ overall goal is to overcome the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management. …  

24 Mar 2011 | Article
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IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre 'unplugs' for Earth Hour

Message from IUCN's Director General for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, 26 March

A message from IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, Saturday 26 March. …  

24 Mar 2011 | IUCN statement

Woman carrying wood and leaves

World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests

The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest-dependent communities. …  

21 Mar 2011 | International news release

arborvitae 43: Intégration de l’égalité des genres

arborvitae Issue 43 - Attending to gender

  • Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
  • Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
  • Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
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08 Mar 2011 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Keep the Lagoons of New Caledonia intact

An IUCN-led monitoring mission to the Lagoons of New Caledonia in the French Pacific Ocean archipelago, will look at how the site is managed, evaluate the impact of mining activities in the buffer zone and identify no-take zones. …   | French

24 Feb 2011 | News story

Woman collecting firewood, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Towards an IUCN strategy for sustainable bioenergy

“By 2016, bioenergy responsibly contributes to biodiversity conservation, climate change solutions and sustainable livelihoods, as part of building resilient ecological and socio-economic systems.” This is IUCN’s working vision for sustainable bioenergy, an outcome of a recent workshop that convened Members, partners, Commissions and IUCN staff to develop an IUCN bioenergy strategy.* …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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Amna Abdulwazid and her agroforest plot in the Fau 5 camp, Eastern Sudan

IUCN's Stewart Maginnis on the importance of forests

What role do forests play in combating climate change and providing livelihoods for millions of people around the world? How do forests affect all 6.8 billion people on the planet? Stewart Maginnis, Director of IUCN's Environment and Development Group answers those question on Global Connections TV. …  

14 Feb 2011 | Video

Hungary Plane

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

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans