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IUCN Regional Forest Programme Coordinator, Marta Monjane, and IPEME Director, Odete Tsamba signing the memorandum of understanding.

Forest resources and poverty alleviation: a new partnership in Mozambique

IUCN’s Mozambique country office has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Institute for Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (IPEME) to establish and operate a community-managed sandalwood bank in the district of Matutuine-Djabula for processing and trade of wood that will initially be targeted at Maputo-based artisans. 

05 May 2010 | News story

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

IUCN welcomes Solomon Islands as new State Member

The Government of Solomon Islands has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes, becoming the 83rd State Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology has been designated by the Government of Solomon Islands as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

05 May 2010 | News story


IUCN deeply concerned at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

IUCN expresses deep concern at the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform. …  

03 May 2010 | News story

Earth Day Climate Rally draws crowds to National Mall, even as Senate climate bill is delayed. Activists dressed as polar bear carrying the Earth, threatened by dirty coal as citizens rally around, were among the crowd at the celebrity-rich celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2010.

Climate Photo of the Week

Each week CEC member Gary Braasch posts a new photo related to climate change on his website. As an environmental photojournalist, he says "My goal is to add specific images and details of ongoing effects to so that our conversation is less and less in abstract terms."

02 May 2010 | News story

Roosts of the Madagascan Flying fox (Pteropus rufus) are under threat from hunters, farmers and forest fires.

Let the foxes fly

In eastern Madagascar, the Madagascan Flying Fox (Pteropus rufus) is hunted for bush meat and its habitat is threatened by agriculture and forest fires. IUCN’s community-based project in the area has succeeded in engaging local communities in protecting the species. …  

02 May 2010 | News story

The Caucasus - Kolkheti

The curious case of the Caucasus

The Caucasus is one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots. The impressive diversity of plants and animals that can only be found in this region makes it a globally important place for biodiversity conservation. But climate change and unsustainable use of natural resources, such as poaching, illegal logging or overfishing are growing threats to this unique mosaic of life. IUCN’s Southern Caucasus office, together with active participation of national governments, its eight member organizations and communities, has taken up the challenge to protect it. …  

02 May 2010 | News story

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre signs a framework agreement with Mr Pasi Hellman of Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Finland joins as a new IUCN framework partner

On 29 April 2010, IUCN signed a two-year Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. A signing ceremony took place between Mr Pasi Hellman, Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy and IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, in Helsinki, Finland. …  

30 Apr 2010 | News story

Eco-tourism is becoming a source of income for communities in Madagascar

Eco-tourism is becoming a source of income for communities in Madagascar

Tourism activities in the natural parks of Madagascar are increasingly becoming a source of livelihood for communities through income generating activities and creation of employment opportunities. 

29 Apr 2010 | News story
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Sava River in Croatia

Habitat Banking and Biodiversity Offsets

IUCN has been involved in research and debates about biodiversity offsets and habitat banking for several years.  Recently, IUCN Economics contributed to a study of the feasibility of habitat banking in Europe, led by Economics for the Environment Consultancy. This study (The use of market based instruments for biodiversity protection – the case of Habitat Banking) investigates the scope for using market-based instruments (MBI) and more specifically Habitat Banking to protect biodiversity at Community level – and the possible conditions and limitations for their use. …  

28 Apr 2010 | News story

left to right: Anon Sirisaengtaksin, PTTEP; Aban Marker Kabraji, IUCN; Michael D. Sangster, TOTAL

Productive Landscapes, better lives

Joint initiative launched for poverty reduction in Doi Mae Salong, Thailand …  

28 Apr 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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