2012

Sugar cane plantations at Santa Clara province, Cuba

Sustainable Sugarcane for Sustainable Biofuels

IUCN, Shell and Joint Venture (JV) Raizen recently piloted an initiative to assess conservation-related implementation and impacts of the Bonsucro standards for sugarcane-based ethanol production in Brazil. …  

14 Dec 2012 | Article
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Primary Rainforest in central Reunion island

The Bonn Challenge approaches 50 million hectares mark!

The global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 – known as the “Bonn Challenge” – gained further momentum at the December UN Climate Talks in Doha, as Costa Rica and El Salvador each commit up to1 million hectares. The 50 million hectare mark – or one third of the target – is now within reach, amid broad acknowledgement that the largest restoration initiative in history is truly underway. 

14 Dec 2012 | Article
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The Business and Economy Pavilion

Messages from the Congress

The 2012 Congress was a milestone for business as it was the first Congress where there has been a significant focus on the role of business in developing and implementing Nature + solutions. Business as usual is not an option; this was made clear at congress. …  

14 Dec 2012 | Article
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WBCSD

WBCSD in the field with The Forest Dialogue

Working with stakeholders from business, research, government, environment and social sectors, The Forests Dialogue (TFD) - an independent, multi-stakeholder dialogue platform and process hosted at Yale University - held its first dialogue in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, considering landscape level public policy, business and biodiversity challenges and solutions.  

14 Dec 2012 | Article
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Dr Thomas Brooks

Dr. Thomas Brooks Interview

We pose three questions to Tom Brooks, IUCN's new Head – Science and Knowledge Management, in the Global Policy and Programme Group (PPG).  

14 Dec 2012 | Article
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Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

China and Japan workshops on WDPA and strengthening the protected area information base

Maintenance of information in the WDPA database for three countries in Asia – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea – is a challenge that the WCPA, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, the Korea National Parks Service (KNPS) and the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Conservation, Asia (RBCP) has tackled with national workshops aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the global data standards, present national PA information systems and current data challenges. …  

14 Dec 2012 | News story
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Lionfish swimming around the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia creates world’s largest network of marine reserves

In November 2012 the Australian Government announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves. The government proclaimed 44 marine reserves a network, covering 2.3 million square kilometres, a full third of Australia’s ocean territory. The reserves are home to 45 of the world’s 78 whale and dolphin species, six of the seven known species of marine turtle, and 4,000 fish species. The government received support from over 500,000 Australians, who commented positively on the creation of the network. …  

13 Dec 2012 | News story

SWIM

Sustainable Water Integrated Management in the Mediterranean

 Sustainable Water Integrated Management Programme (SWIM) programme  has started its network of demonstration activities in the Meditereanean. …  

13 Dec 2012 | Article
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Cambodian journalists interviewed one of Koh Kapik community leaders, Koh Kong province, Cambodia.

Job Vacancy: Communications Officer at IUCN Cambodia

IUCN, International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambodia Project Office in Phnom Penh seeks to recruit a self-motivated and competent staff for the position of Communications Officer, Directly reporting to Senior Programme Officer, IUCN Cambodia Office and additionally to Programme Coordinator Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.   …  

13 Dec 2012 | Article

Workshop on Protected Area Databases and Management, Beijing, China

IUCN China and UNEP-WCMC host Workshop on Protected Area databases and management

On 27 November, UNEP-WCMC and IUCN China hosted a workshop on protected areas databases in China, “China National Workshop on Protected Areas”. The workshop is part of UNEP-WCMC’s project to strengthen the information base in Asia, held in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), through review by experts. The objectives of the workshop were to discuss the application of IUCN Management Categories in China and to initiate a process of more sustainable data flows, including updates to the WDPA. …   | Chinese

13 Dec 2012 | Article