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The Morava meets the Danube River at the border between Austria and Slovakia. Little Sydney excursion

CEESP Guest Editorial: Payments for Ecosystem Services: Threat or Opportunity? – Linking active management to bottom-up market-based mechanisms towards effective conservation by Catie Burlando, CEESP SC

Funding towards achieving both effective and equitable conservation efforts in protected areas and Natura 2000 network (comprising both state-managed protected areas, as well as private and common areas) is increasingly limited in European countries facing tightened national budgets and spending cuts. Besides reliance on Direct and Structural European Funds and the agro-environmental measures specifically supporting conservation-oriented outcomes, there are calls to make greater use of market-based mechanisms such as payment for ecosystem-services and PES –like schemes. This shift has occurred in parallel to a discursive shift emphasizing the valuation of nature, ecosystem services and natural capital. …  

16 Jul 2015 | Article

Giraffe chewing cud

Giraffe research and conservation in northern Tanzania

IUCN headquarters in Switzerland was very pleased to be visited by Dr. Derek Lee and Monica Bond of the Wild Nature Institute and IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group on 29 June 2015. They gave a presentation to explain their cutting-edge research on giraffes in Tanzania. …  

16 Jul 2015 | News story

Cedar Cones- Lebanon

IUCN welcomes three new members in the Mediterranean region

The IUCN Council has just validated the decision taken by its Bureau, on 29 June 2015, to approve the admission of 16 new Members. Three of them belong to the Mediterranean region and are: the Association for the Development of Rural Capacities, the Italian Zoological Union and the Action for Wildlife. 

15 Jul 2015 | News story

Birds watching

Investing in Birds and Future: International Migratory Bird Day programme involving school children

 The International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) that falls on the second Saturday of the month of May was celebrated in Jaffna on 9th May 2015, with the support of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme managed by IUCN in Sri Lanka. One hundred school children from all five Northern Province districts gathered in Jaffna, for a three day period, to celebrate the IMBD.  

15 Jul 2015 | News story

Presentation at 2015 Communications Summit in Brussels #ECS2015

Blog: Embracing a new era of communications – harnessing the power of the digital world

By Claire Warmenbol. Did you know that the world today creates as much data in 10 minutes as in all of human history up until the year 2003? That is a lot of information. Amongst all this noise, how do environmental messages stand a chance of being heard? Or better, to have an impact and instigate change? …  

14 Jul 2015 | News story

NRGF Working Group members outside the UNECA conference center. From left to right: Amran Hamzah, Neera Singh, Omer Aijazi, Prosper Matondi, Barbara Nakangu, Jessica Campese, James Murombedzi, Gretchen Walters, Joshua Nyoni, Jennifer Mohamed-Katerere, Hannah Getachew, Emmanuel Nuesiri and Osvaldo Monguia

The Natural Resource Governance Framework Module on Rights and Intervening Agencies

The Natural Resource Governance Framework Working Group (NRGF WG) convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 2nd to 4th, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to advance the regional and modular development of the NRGF. Twelve NRGF WG members (including three Young Professionals) from CEESP, the IUCN Secretariat, NRGF partner organizations including NGOs, academic institutions and Think Tanks attended the technical meeting. The African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted the assembly. …  

14 Jul 2015 | Article

Victoria Hasler (Austrian federal Ministry of Environment), Michael Hošek (IUCN Councillor for Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia) and Catie Burlando (CEESP SC and IPS Co-Convener) at Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe, Hainburg, Austria, 31 May 2015.

The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability: Working now for youth engagement and collaboration across generations at the World Conservation Congress 2016

The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership (IPS), which includes the CEESP Emerging Leaders Network and all Commission young professional groups, presented two strategic documents at the last two Council meetings in November 2014 and May 2015. The two strategic documents have laid the foundation for the work that the IPS Co-Conveners and Members are undertaking leading up to the World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i in 2016. …  

14 Jul 2015 | Article

SOS - Save our Species, Terrapin turtles, WCS, TSA, 12A-031

One of World’s Rarest Turtles Heading Back to the Wild

Great news from Cambodia, one of the four countries where the Turtle Survival Alliance and its partners are implementing an SOS-funded project to help protect and conserve the South East Asian Terrapins. The Cambodian component of the project, carried out by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration announced the release of 21 captive-raised southern river terrapins (Batagur affinis) back into their native habitat in southwest Cambodia.   …  

14 Jul 2015 | News story

Manta Ray Palau

IUCN Welcomes the Republic of Palau as a new State Member

The National Government of the Republic of Palau has announced its decision to become a Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) by endorsing the Union’s Statutes, becoming the 90th State Member of the world’s largest and oldest environmental network. The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism has been designated by the Government of the Republic of Palau as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Republic of Palau. …   | French | Spanish

13 Jul 2015 | Article

Legal Effectiveness meeting, ELC Bonn 2015

Improving Effectiveness of Environmental Law: A meeting of experts

The last five decades have seen a proliferation of legal instruments related to the environment, ranging from treaties to national legislation to constitutional provisions to municipal regulations. Yet ecosystems and natural resources continue to decline at an alarming rate, while environmental challenges such as climate change and species loss accelerate. The expansive legal framework we have developed to ensure environmental sustainability is not meeting the ever-growing challenge. This raises questions of legal effectiveness. …  

10 Jul 2015 | News story

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