February 2012
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Congress countdown – next steps

Preparations are gearing up for the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September that will tackle the most pressing nature conservation issues today.

The Congress will focus on providing practical tools for nature conservation through the Forum, which is the public core of the event and includes workshops, roundtable discussions and training courses, as well as exhibitions and entertainment.

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2012 World Conservation Congress logo

Durban deal breathes life into climate talks

In December, governments at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa agreed measures to sustain current global efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and to conclude a new global agreement with legal force to help avert the threat of climate change.

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Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

How to help business become greener?

The impact of the private sector on biodiversity can be very detrimental, therefore a number of initiatives have already been developed to help businesses become greener and now a comprehensive European accreditation scheme for companies is being discussed.

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IUCN helps UN push for sustainable energy for all

IUCN’s Director General joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi January 2012 to outline his Sustainable Energy for All initiative to the media.

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IUCN helps UN push for sustainable energy for all

Climate awareness at 30,000 feet: IUCN and South African Airways team up

Africa’s most awarded airline, South African Airways, and the world’s largest environmental union, IUCN, teamed up to launch a unique climate change awareness campaign at the start of the UN’s Climate Change Summit in Durban.

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Masaai boy herding goats, Olbil, Tanzania

Carrots and sticks for sustainable biofuels

In an independent report launched by a consortium of industry and non-governmental organizations, IUCN promotes an innovative policy approach to address the risk of indirect land use change through biofuel production.

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IUCN: the movie

Check out our new video for a colourful overview of who we are and what we do!

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Juvenile green sea turtle swimming in shallow coral reef

Nathalie Olsen

Nathalie Olsen We pose three questions to Nathalie Olsen, resource economist at IUCN, about ecosystem evaluation and the recent publication she co-authored on Ecosystem evaluation in the mining sector.
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Mining and conservation working together

ICMM-IUCN MOU IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have signed a second memorandum of understanding which builds on the 2004-2008 ICMM-IUCN Dialogue and marks the start of a new phase in the working relationship.
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IUCN and Kuoni renew their collaboration

IUCN and Kuoni renew their collaboration IUCN and Kuoni, one of the world’s leading globally-active leisure travel organizations, will continue to work together to bring business skills to conservation organizations in selected destinations.
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Exploring ecosystem valuation to move towards net positive impact on biodiversity in the mining sector

This publication examines the costs of conservation and the value of benefits associated with biodiversity around the QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) operation area.
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6-9 March

CBD Global Dialogue Seminar: Scaling up biodiversity finance
Quito, Ecuador


17 – 18 April

European Biodiversity Summit
Stuttgart, Germany  


12 – 17 March

World Water Forum
Marseille, France


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IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

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