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Sugar cane plantations at Santa Clara province, Cuba

Reducing the impact of biofuels on the environment and local communities

Energy company Shell and sugar giant Cosan have announced a partnership to produce biofuels from Brazilian sugarcane. IUCN will work through its partnership with Shell to ensure that the impact of these operations on local communities and nature are minimised. …  

26 Aug 2010 | News story

Togitogiga Waterfalls, Samoa

A voice for all

“Samoa is blessed with fertile soils and abundant nature”, says Yvette Kerslake, “but freshwater resources are getting scarce.” Yvette works as Principal Watershed Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) in Apia, Samoa’s capital. She is part of a team in charge of the rehabilitation and sustainable management of the Togitogiga catchment, a project jointly implemented by MNRE and IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative (WANI). …  

26 Aug 2010 | News story

Girl with sea turtle, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Mexico’s Ministers tackle dual challenges of gender inequality and climate change

National and state-level ministers of the environment gathered in Mexico on Friday as the country pushes forward its plans to improve equality between men and women, enhancing its capacity to respond to the threats of climate change. 

24 Aug 2010 | Article

Forests in Svaneti, Georgia

Georgian government signs forest governance agreement

An agreement of cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia has been signed to improve governance and transparency. On August 17, 2010, in Tbilisi, IUCN signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia. IUCN is implementing activities under the ENPI FLEG program and will provide technical assistance to the newly established Forest Agency of Georgia to help increase the Agency’s communication capacity. The overall goal of the cooperation is to improve governance in forestry sector and raise awareness on forest issues. …  

24 Aug 2010 | Article
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Forests in Svaneti, Georgia

Cooperation for better governance and increased transparency in forestry sector

Agreement with Forestry Agency of Georgia is signed. On August 17, 2010, in Tbilisi, IUCN has signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Forestry Agency of Georgia. IUCN is implementing activities under the ENPI FLEG program and will provide technical assistance to the newly established Forest Agency of Georgia to help increase the Agency’s communication capacity. The overall goal of the cooperation is to improve governance in forestry sector and raise awareness on forest issues. …  

24 Aug 2010 | Article
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Mariners Cave, Vava'u group

IUCN welcomes Tonga as new State Member

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the Union’s Statutes, becoming the 84th State Member of the world’s largest and oldest environmental network. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has been designated by the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

24 Aug 2010 | News story

Vegetable nursery in Linda Vista, Guatemala

Communities reduce disaster risks by investing in nature

"Hurricane Stan in 2005 was the catalyst for action. We knew what needed to be done, we just did not realize the risks of inaction", said Gerardo Barrios De León, Head of the Tojgüech River Microwatershed Council. …  

23 Aug 2010 | News story

Indigenous Woman, Ecuador

Mexico’s politicians meet to explore gender role in climate change

High-level politicians from Mexico’s Ministry of Environment (SEMARNAT) met this Wednesday to understand more about how reducing inequalities between men and women will better prepare the country to address climate change. …  

20 Aug 2010 | Article

Logo of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)

Non Regression Principle Knowledge Forum

As you already know, the Principle of Non-Regression is an International Law Principle known by Human Rights specialists requiring that norms which have already been adopted by States not be revised, if this implies going backwards on the subject of standards of protection of collective and individual rights.

The IUCN Commission on Environmental Law has established a Knowledge Forum on the matter to take concerted action against this considerable challenge faced by environmental law. …  

19 Aug 2010 | News story

Sustainable School at Shigar (Skardu): A Dream Comes True

A long time dream of the people of Shigar came true on May 14, 2010 with inauguration of the first environmentally sustainable school – Abruzzi Higher Secondary School – in Shigar by His Excellency Vincenzo Prati, the Italian Ambassador in Pakistan.  …  

19 Aug 2010 | International news release

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