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IUCN hosts UN discussions on making gender environmental benchmark

Gender issues could be the common thread running through global environment and development work, and therefore be at the centre of restructuring the UN system to be more consistent across agencies, programmes and conventions. …  

24 Mar 2011 | News story

Child bathing in Jordan

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Ecuador.

Yasuní ITT: desde América del Sur, una propuesta para el planeta

Entrevista a María Fernanda Espinosa, Ministra Coordinadora de Patrimonio de Ecuador. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Joerg Elbers, UICN

El cambio climático: ¿Discurso o realidad preocupante?

 El enfoque de la discusión sobre el cambio climático está basado en los esquemas de los mercados de carbono, un enfoque mercantilista fundamentalmente equivocado. James Hansen, uno de los más destacados expertos en cambio climático en el mundo, lo compara con la lucha contra la esclavitud o el nazismo: No se puede negociar la reducción de la esclavitud en un 40 o 50%. Este destacado científico es el luchador más intrépido en contra del camino habitual en el tratamiento del cambio climático, lo que él califica de climate change business as usual. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Argentina

Diez años, cuatro nuevas áreas protegidas en Argentina

Durante la 10° Conferencia de las Partes del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica, la presidencia saliente del G77+China a cargo de Yemen, presentó un plan de cooperación en conservación de la biodiversidad para el desarrollo. Según este esquema de trabajo multilateral, este año deberían comenzar a ejecutarse numerosas acciones previstas en el Plan Estratégico del CDB. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Amazonía, Ecuador.

A bird’s eye view helps conserve South America’s rivers

In South America, the mapping and coding of the region’s watersheds carried out under IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative is changing the way river basins are managed at the local level and should help cross-border conservation efforts. …   | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

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. …   | Spanish

21 Mar 2011 | News story

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

International Women’s Day – women in forest communities need louder voice

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2011, IUCN is calling for women in forest communities to be given more control of the management of forests and to be involved in decisions relating to them. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story


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