Alien Invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) which has spread around the entire tropics and is now moving north into southern Europe as Climate Change makes conditions suitable for it.

Invasive alien plants and pests: the communication challenge

Research to better understand the impacts of biological invasions has been carried out across Europe. Governments and institutions have undertaken prevention and control actions, and the European Commission is expected to present a dedicated legislative instrument in the near future. However, despite these initiatives, the general public is rarely aware of what pests and invasive alien plants are, and what damage they can cause. Raising awareness among the society is an indispensable step for fully addressing the issue.   …  

10 May 2013 | News story
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Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005.

November date announced for global event on natural capital

Against a backdrop of increasing international interest in how we value the economic benefits we derive from our natural environment, business leaders, policy makers and sustainability leaders from around the world will come together in Edinburgh in November for the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital. …  

09 May 2013 | News story

Groundwater dependant ecosystems support livelihoods in Vietnam

New study shows importance of IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems

A new global standard in assessing environmental risk, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, has been trialled on 20 ecosystems spanning six continents and three oceans. …   | Spanish

08 May 2013 | International news release

FATA Secretariat and IUCN Pakistan sign a Memorandum of Understanding to manage an Environmental Cell at the FATA Secretariat

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IUCN Pakistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Area Secretariat at a ceremony, here in Islamabad today. …  

08 May 2013 | Article

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Bases para la clasificación de ecosistemas terrestres en Marruecos

Tras el primer encuentro del pasado mes de enero para elaborar la Lista de Roja de Ecosistemas en Marruecos dentro proyecto POCTEFEX-Transhabitat, los expertos se han vuelto a reunir en un segundo taller que se ha celebrado en Tánger entre los días 14 y 17 de abril de 2013. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

Ilagala community training on the use of forest measurement tools

Local communities demonstrate readiness for REDD+ in Kigoma, Tanzania

 Local communities in Kigoma demonstrated their readiness for full scale REDD during a recent field visit by technical experts in Kigoma districts, Tanzania. The field visit was facilitated by IUCN project on Strengthening REDD+ Lesson Learning Networks and Information Management funded by the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dar es Salaam. Visited pilot project is being implemented by the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Kigoma district. Site visit was organized in Ilagala village in Kigoma. …  

08 May 2013 | Article
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A timber lorry in Kongo village, Cameroon

IUCN signs new partnership for better forests

IUCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux ( ATIBT) – a key player in the tropical timber industry specialized in sustainable forestry, local processing of timber and forest certification schemes. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

The weir on Talise River.

IUCN urges careful planning with renewables

"Renewable energy interventions are good, but do not overlook the potential impacts on the environment." This is IUCN's advice to the 13 SIDS DOCK Pacific members currently meeting in Nadi, Fiji. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

Juliane Zeidler, IUCN CEC Chair

IUCN CEC Newsletter May 2013

The CEC Chair introduces the May 2013 newsletter. Highlights include a report of the first meeting of the new CEC Steering Committee. Enjoy more than 50 news stories from members taking action for sustainability around the world. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

Geneva, park.

European Commission launches strategy on green infrastructure

The European Commission has adopted a new strategy for encouraging the use of green infrastructure, and for ensuring that the enhancement of natural processes becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. Green infrastructure uses nature to provide ecological, economic and social benefits. Instead of building flood protection infrastructure, for example, a green infrastructure solution would be to allow a natural wetland to absorb the excess water from heavy rain.   …  

07 May 2013 | News story
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