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Sahel crops where woodland has been cleared for farming, Diourbel region, Senegal

The Ardvaark’s Happy Return

The ardvaark was one of the first, but other species of bird and animal have since returned to a once bare and desolate corner of Tigray in northern Ethiopia. …  

19 Aug 2008 | News story

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Biofuels soon to be measured by international standards

The first draft of a global sustainability standard for biofuels has been endorsed by 300 experts and representatives of the public and private sector, including IUCN's Chief Scientist and IUCN Member National Wildlife Federation. Jeff McNeely and Barbara Brambe respectively, are on the Steering Board for the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, housed at the EPFL Energy Center. …  

13 Aug 2008 | News story

Congress footprint

Wanna be a responsible Congress participant? Read "My guide to a sustainable Congress"

My guide to a sustainable Congress has been put together to help delegates make environmentally-smart decisions at different stages of their trip to and stay in Barcelona. It is part of the IUCN’s effort to practice what it preaches at this year’s event on sustainability and conservation. The guide will hopefully get you thinking about how you can combine your own plans and interests with more sustainable forms of travel. The Spanish and French version of the guide will be available shortly. …  

12 Aug 2008 | News story

Coconut palms could be an important small scale source of biofuel in Pacific Islands

Energy Programme Takes Off At Oceania Office

Six Pacific Island nations have joined IUCN’s Energy Programme in Oceania to develop innovative projects aimed at enhancing livelihoods through the provision of sustainable and efficient energy services. Along with practical projects, the programme, Managing the Ecosystem & Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States, will look at strengthening policy and regulatory measures to promote energy systems that are ecologically efficient and socially equitable. …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

A Blue-and-yellow-macaw in the Bird Park of Iguaçu, Brazil.

Conservation gets a common language

IUCN and BirdLife have been working with a number of other organisations to define a standard lexicon for biodiversity conservation. A common language is an essential foundation of any science. For example, medical researchers and practitioners use a common set of formal terms to describe human ailments and potential treatments.   …  

10 Aug 2008 | News story

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Observers allowed to attend contact groups at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

IUCN is pleased to announce that the Congress Preparatory Committee decided to allow observers to attend meetings of contact groups during the Members' Assembly of the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The Congress will take place from 5 to 14 October, 2008, in Barcelona, Spain. …  

30 Jul 2008 | News story

"People’s Forestry”: Forging a new global forest partnership driven by local and national needs

An emerging initiative could prove to be an ambitious break from traditional international forestry efforts, fundamentally changing the way forests are managed and boosting efforts to fight both poverty and climate change. …  

30 Jul 2008 | News story

Seth Cook (IUCN China), Qu Guilin (SFA) and Lu De (SFA) actively participate in the discussion

IUCN co-sponsors meeting on illegal logging in Beijing

On 25th July 2008 IUCN China co-sponsored a meeting entitled Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the Global Context with the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA). This presented an opportunity to share information, as well as concerns, on the latest forest governance developments in some major export markets and producer countries, such as the FLEGT initiative and the forthcoming Lacey Act. …  

29 Jul 2008 | News story

Workshop participants, La Antigua, Guatemala, July 2008

Playing roles that could be real

Several stakeholders from the governmental sector, NGOs and civil society together with IUCN practitioners, took part in a capacity building event focused on negotiating agreements for conflict resolutions on shared waters. …  

28 Jul 2008 | News story

ECOLEX Steering Committee meeting in Rome, July 2008

ECOLEX Steering Committee meeting

The Steering Committee of ECOLEX met at the FAO Headquarters in Rome on July 21-22. Present were representatives of the three partner organisations, FAO, IUCN, and UNEP - including Stefano Burchi (FAO), Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin (IUCN) and Iwona Rummel-Bulska (UNEP). …  

25 Jul 2008 | 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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