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IUCN brings biodiversity to the table at Francophonie Summit

Biodiversity is on the agenda for the 70 heads of State and 3,000 delegates attending the XIII Francophonie Summit that starts today in Montreux, Switzerland.   | French

22 Oct 2010 | News story

Dr Hans Friederich, Head of IUCN's Strategic Partnerships

Dear Countdown 2010 partners and friends

As you know, the Countdown 2010 initiative was officially closed on 20 October at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and a new initiative starting in 2011 was announced. I would like to thank all of you personally and on behalf of the Countdown 2010 Secretariat for your commitment and support to the initiative. …  

22 Oct 2010 | News story

European Green Belt

European Green Belt: From Paper to Practice

The 4th European Green Belt conference took take place on the 6th October 2010 in Kuhmo, Finland, in the frame of the 20 years anniversary symposium of Finnish-Russian friendship in cross-border cooperation. One of its main conclusions is that European Green Belt initiative continues to prove its rationale and deliver across its span – it is quite vivid on the ground with numerous activities taking place or being planned. Moreover, there is a potential for the initiative to grow in the future. It is right time to launch discussion on how the Green Belt could strengthen its operations in order to embark on a new phase and expand its outreach. …  

22 Oct 2010 | News story

Low-lying island in the Seychelles

Islands of the Western Indian Ocean - unite!

The islands of the Western Indian Ocean and coastal areas of Eastern Africa are home to 30 million people who rely on their coastal environment for food and income. But overfishing, overdevelopment, pollution, environmental degradation and climate change are seriously threatening the natural resources that fuel the region’s economic activity. A burning question is will the region’s governments and civil society work together to respond to these challenges? …  

21 Oct 2010 | News story

Elephant Seal

A world premiere: Biodiversity across five continents

For the first time the status of biodiversity in the Francophonie has been evaluated. With the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) have published in French and English a concise analysis of the status of terrestrial and marine biodiversity across the 70 states and governments of the Francophonie. …   | French

20 Oct 2010 | News story

A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Mobilizing society to support biodiversity

20 October 2010, Nagoya (Japan). As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis. IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative officially closes today in Nagoya by revealing the best efforts of more than 1,000 organizations around the world to save biodiversity. The ceremony is being held on 20 October 2010 at 8.10 pm at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity being held in Nagoya, Japan. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: WWF Italy

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: Since economic resources and opportunities of intervention for biodiversity were limited, WWF Italy launched an ambitious project on strategic planning on an eco-regional scale in 2004. The main points of this strategy included the adoption of a proactive approach instead of one based only on the conservation of the last natural areas. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: University of California Natural Reserve System

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) is the largest university-managed reserve system in the world with 36 reserves protecting more than 135,000 acres across the state for research, teaching, and public service. As such, the University is perfectly positioned to play a leadership role in increasing awareness of, and galvanising responses to, the global and regional biodiversity crises. In 2010, the NRS renewed its commitment to biodiversity issues by providing refuges for endangered and threatened species. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) launched a unique initiative called “The Local Government + Biodiversity 2010 Network” to promote habitat protection and improvement among local authorities and facilitate the interaction between local people and institutions. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: PAN Parks Foundation

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: PAN (Protected Area Network) Parks – an independent foundation aiming to create a European network of wilderness protected areas to improve nature protection through sustainable tourism development – organised a trip for decision makers to Majella National Park, Italy. The aim of the trip was to experience wilderness and to build support for wilderness areas that contribute to biodiversity protection. Inspired by the trip a Member of the European Parliament developed a special report on wilderness in Europe. The report was adopted by the European Parliament on 3 February 2009 with 538 members voting for and only 19 against. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story


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