February

Resin of the Guggul tree (Commiphora wightii)

People for plants

Involving local communities is indispensible to ensure that conservation action brings efficient and long-lasting results. IUCN's Vineet Soni uses such a community-based approach in his work on the conservation of an important medicinal plant. …  

08 Feb 2010 | News story

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Whales, dolphins and porpoises threatened by over-fishing

For many years, fisheries activities have increasingly placed pressure on the world’s fish stocks, but a recent scientific report, launched this week by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS), outlines the gravity of the consequences for another group of animals: the toothed whales. …   | Chinese

05 Feb 2010 | News story

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European Parliament Intergroup Meeting on CITES

The European Parliament (EP) hosted on 27th January 2010 a meeting on CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in preparation of the CITES COP15 in Doha. The prestigious panel presented to 50 odd Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), assistants and representatives of various organisations their views on this International Convention. It enabled discussion to continue within the EP on several critical issues such as elephants, polar bears, and marine species, with a view to better preparing the EP Resolution, to be voted in Plenary next week, and the CITES COP15 in Doha in March. The event was chaired by MEP Sturdy, MEP Gutierrez-Cortines, MEP Skylakakis and MEP Franco. …  

05 Feb 2010 | News story

African elephant in Botswana's Okavango Delta

New book celebrates aquatic life in Africa’s Okavango Delta

IUCN and its partners unveiled a stunning new book this week that features one of the most globally-important and species-rich wetlands, the Okavango Delta, world-renowned for its unique ecological and economic role in southern Africa. …  

04 Feb 2010 | News story

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Multi-sector group to address implementation barriers for more sustainable biofuels

Participants at a jointly-hosted Shell-IUCN workshop identified alignment of policy and standards and information for land-use planning as areas to overcome implementation barriers to advance the sustainability of biofuel developments. …  

04 Feb 2010 | News story

UNEP and CEL meet in Nairobi

Visit to Nairobi

The IUCN Commission on Environmental Law’s Chair and Deputy Chair, Ms. Sheila Abed and Prof. Antonio Benjamin, visited the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) regional office in Nairobi last month. During their stay, they had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Bakary Kante, Director of the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of UNEP/CMS Secretariat in Bonn, and also a member of CEL’s Steering Committee and Mr. John Scanlon, Principal Advisor to the Executive Director on Policy and Programme, and former Head of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme and Director of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (Bonn, Germany). …  

04 Feb 2010 | News story

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Unique IUCN delegation discusses IUCN programme priorities in the Russian Federation

A watershed meeting took place in Moscow on 2 February between the Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment, the Chair of the National Committee in the Russian Federation, the IUCN Pan-European Regional Director (a.i.) and the European Vice-Chairs of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and the World Commission on Protected Areas to discuss IUCN’s programme in the Russian Federation. …  

03 Feb 2010 | News story

Wetlands of Viet Nam

World Wetlands Day - celebrating wetland biodiversity

Today is World Wetlands Day – an opportunity to highlight the importance of wetlands, the biodiversity they contain, and the benefits that we gain from them. So what makes wetlands attract so much attention? …  

02 Feb 2010 | News story

Recent activity of the IUCN Private Sector Task Force

Background:  The current IUCN Council has set up the Private Sector Task Force “ to learn from and continue to improve on IUCN's engagement with the private sector, and to propose revisions to the Guidelines as appropriate”. …  

02 Feb 2010 | News story

IUCN Councillors at the 73rd Meeting of Council, 23-25 November 2009

73rd meeting of IUCN Council

An Overview of 73rd Council (23-25 November 2009) with a summary of the main discussion and decision points is available in English, French and Spanish on the IUCN Members Portal. 

02 Feb 2010 | News story