December 2011

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

First action plan for world’s blue carbon policy

The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been presented in a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI). …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Tree nursery at the Mouth of Limpopo, Mozambique

Forest Day: the face of forests at UN climate change negotiations

Forest Day has become something of a tradition at the annual UN climate change conference, the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP). Here at COP17 in Durban, Forest Day 5 was held on 4 December, bringing together over 1000 people who work on – and are passionate about – forestry issues, including more than 200 official climate change negotiators. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Climate Change in Burkina Faso

IUCN has been working in Burkina Faso for more than twenty years. According to the head of the office there, Dr Moumini Savadogo, a major part of that work is being developed on climate change adaptation and mitigatation. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story
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ABS in relation to Marine Genetic Resources in ABNJs

IUCN-BfN International Seminar on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

The draft recommendations from the 4th meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) have indicated the need to explore the existing gaps in the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as possible ways forward. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story

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Showcasing MFF in Sri Lanka

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative has been in operation is Sri Lanka for the past four years, and had carried many activities ranging from the preparation of MFF National Strategy and Action Plan, implementation of small and large grants projects, conducting coastal and marine related scientific studies, providing capacity building opportunities to both government and non-governmental sectors to generation of knowledge products. 

06 Dec 2011 | News story
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Woman carrying wood and leaves

Empowering local communities defends against climate change

Durban, South Africa, 5 December 2011 (IUCN) — The world’s poorest people are on the frontlines of climate change, with everything to lose and little to cushion the blow of its far-reaching impacts. A new position paper by the Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network (ELAN) illustrates how empowering local communities to pursue sustainable livelihoods while managing their natural resources can contribute to better adaptation in the face of climate change. …   | French | Spanish

05 Dec 2011 | News story

Polar light in the Hammastunturi wilderness area

Akwé: Kon collects traditional Sámi knowledge

Treaties made by the UN constantly introduce new principles to forest use. Luckily, they do not always cause problems. A good example is Akwé: Kon. …  

05 Dec 2011 | News story
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Dr Kenneth Angu Angu, Regional Programme Manager for Central Africa, CARPE/IUCN

REDD+ in the Green Heart of Africa

Whatever the politicians may or may not do at the Durban Climate Change Summit, people around the world are already out there dealing with the existing impacts of climate change. …  

05 Dec 2011 | News story

Woman with baby at local water well, Zambia.

Gender key to sustainable forests

Durban, South Africa, 4 December 2011 (IUCN) – If the forestry sector ignores gender issues it will miss a huge opportunity to reduce poverty, conserve biodiversity and bolster sustainable development. This new information is the conclusion of an IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) book, Gender and Forests, launched today – the first ever book of its kind. …   | French | Spanish

04 Dec 2011 | News story


Strengthening the defences

Nowhere are the effects of climate change being felt more than the Pacific Islands where governments are starting to realise the importance of managing ecosystems in a sustainable way to help their countries adapt to this growing challenge. …  

03 Dec 2011 | News story