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WANI / Tales of Water - El Salvador

IUCN supports World Water Day around the Globe

Celebrating this year’s World Water Day, Dr. Milika Sobey from the IUCN Oceania office in Fiji highlights the importance of ‘protecting forests, mangroves, and the restoration of river ecosystems to maintain and improve water quality which is vital to preserve ecosystem health, and ultimately provide clean water for people’. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

For elephants' sake – let’s get our act together

The elephant issue remains central to CITES though, unfortunately, the emotiveness of the ivory debate has not dissipated and the divisions are as deep now as at any time in the past. IUCN is concerned that much of this may be diverting efforts from the real issues and what must really be done to reduce the impact of illegal killing on Africa’s elephants. …  

22 Mar 2010 | International news release

Red coral necklace

Coral trade gets kick back from delegates at CITES

Proposed regulation of trade in red and pink corals (from the family Coralliidae), used in jewellery and other decorative items, was voted down by delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. This family of corals currently has no international trade controls. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

World Forestry Day celebrated in Karachi

IUCN Pakistan organised a programme on the World Forestry Day, for enhancing understanding, interest and support of a diverse group, ranging from school children to college students, media and financial sector. The programme included: an exposure visit to Korangi Fish Harbor, mangrove plantation by the participants, screening of documentary on community based forest management and discussions with IUCN natural resource management experts, at IUCN Country Office. …  

21 Mar 2010 | News story

Lights out to fight climate change - Earth Hour, 27 March

Since the first event in Sydney in 2007, hundreds of millions of people around the world have joined the world’s largest call to act against climate change by switching off all lights for one hour. …  

19 Mar 2010 | News story

Legal frameworks for REDD

Legal Frameworks for REDD: Design and Implementation at the National Level

Since 2007, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) has become a major focus of negotiations towards a post-2012 agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). An effective REDD mechanism could provide a strong tool for mitigating global climate change as well as enable developing countries to enhance tropical forest protection and sustainable development options. It is no coincidence, however, that many high-deforestation countries likely to host a majority of REDD projects also have the weakest forest governance records in recent decades, resulting in large part from inadequate design and implementation of forest laws. …  

19 Mar 2010 | News story

Acipenser sturio

Sturgeon more critically endangered than any other group of species

Eighty five percent of sturgeon, one of the oldest families of fishes in existence, valued around the world for their precious roe, are at risk of extinction, making them the most threatened group of animals on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The latest update of the Red List assessed the status of 18 species of sturgeon from all over Europe and Asia and found that all were threatened.  …  

18 Mar 2010 | International news release

9 June 2010, Washington, DC

June Event: The Forum on Earth Observations

CEC is sponsoring this June 2010 event on "Climate, Energy and National Security: Meeting the Environmental Information Challenge". CEC Specialty Group Leader Nancy Colleton is an organizer. Data that is current and easy to use is critical to national and global policy, processes and solutions for our changing world. …  

18 Mar 2010 | News story

Essential oils from the holywood and Brazilian rosewood trees are used to make perfumes

Trees used in cosmetics industry protected by CITES

Delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference decided yesterday to add two trees from South America, which produce aromatic oils that are used in the cosmetics industry, to the list of species whose trade will be regulated by delegates. Palo Santo (Bulnesia sarmiento) and the Brazilian rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) will be included in Appendix II of the Convention, which allows for regulated trade. These measures will come into force in 90 days. …  

18 Mar 2010 | News story

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