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Crane – Bird of Peace Festival

'Crane – Bird of Peace Festival' at Lake Arpi

On May 15, 2010, the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (IUCN member and BirdLife in Armenia) organized the “Crane – Bird of Peace Festival” in the village of Mets Sepasar, Shirak province. The Festival celebrated one of Armenia’s critically endangered and red listed species, the Common Crane.
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24 May 2010 | News story

Mali, West Africa

Drylands mustn't go to waste

How can we manage something that we can’t measure? The value of drylands is often overlooked and yet they are a crucial source of income and other benefits for millions of people worldwide, as well as for the environment. IUCN works to ensure that dryland resources are valued, recognized and taken into account by decision makers. …  

24 May 2010 | News story

Empowering Women is Good for Global Business & Development

Over the last several decades, it has become accepted wisdom that improving the status of women is one of the most critical levers of international development. When women are educated and can earn and control income, a number of good results follow: infant mortality declines, child health and nutrition improve, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand, and cycles of poverty are broken. …  

23 May 2010 | News story

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

Celebrating International Biodiversity Day

Today IUCN celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity focusing on the links between biodiversity, human development and people’s livelihoods. This has special significance for every plant and animal on Earth, particularly during this International Year of Biodiversity, and comes at a time when world leaders are setting new targets to stop biodiversity loss. …   | Chinese

22 May 2010 | News story

Community conservation areas as bulwarks against climate change

Community action is at the heart of several connectivity conservation initiatives in Australia that aim to protect biodiversity, and strengthen the resilience of ecosystems so that they can survive and adapt to climate change and other threats. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

REDD and Communities Task Force calls for case studies on ICCAs and the “underlying causes of forest conservation”


The REDD and Communities Task Force of CEESP and the Global Forest Coalition have started a new initiative to map, document and promote successful examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-driven forest conservation and restoration, and the incentive systems and policy frameworks that have made them work. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

New Indigenous Rights Network in Australia

Despite the disappointment that a national Human Rights Act has been relegated to the Australian Government's back-burner, Indigenous Australians are getting on with advocating and promoting their human rights. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

New Zealand Coast

New Zealand government proposal to withdraw protection for conservation lands

The New Zealand government has drawn up a proposal to remove areas from the legislative protection provided under Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991 and to survey other conservation lands with a view to possible future mining. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Japanese vision – the New Strategic Plan, a decade of biodiversity and raising awareness with origami

After the scientific and technical discussions in Nairobi, the eyes of the conservation world will be moving towards Nagoya, Japan, where Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October this year to make binding decisions on the future of the world’s biodiversity. The Japan Committee for IUCN has been working to make every effort to ensure that this event, which is crucial for the future of our planet, has a high profile in Japan. Professor Masahito Yoshida is the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN. Here he answers questions about the Committee’s work, its role in the CBD conference and how the Japan Committee for IUCN uses origami to raise awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity, all life on earth. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

Foro Biodiversidad y Bienestar Humano. Ecuador, 2010

Biodiversidad: garantía de bienestar para el ser humano

En el Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, el Programa de Estudios Socioambientales de la FLACSO, el Fondo de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas para la Mujer (UNIFEM) y la UICN realizaron un foro que evidenció, a través de la exposición de casos, la importancia de la conservación de la biodiversidad para el mantenimiento de los medios de vida …  

20 May 2010 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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