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Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN network. …  

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Sydney Harbour National Park

Australia to host the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress

 Australia will welcome thousands of environment leaders from across the globe after securing the right to host the prestigious IUCN World Parks Congress at Sydney Olympic Park from 12-19 November 2014. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Video

Coral reefs - New Caledonia

Travel around the most beautiful places on Earth, for free!

This holiday season, IUCN's World Heritage Programme is offering you a trip around Earth’s natural wonders. Discover the locations of 222 natural World Heritage sites across the planet; let yourself be transported by 3D simulation, and inspired by some amazing photos. …  

20 Dec 2013 | Article

Pauline Buffle at one of the pilot communities for Allanblackia in Ghana

Allanblackia - a species of choice: interview with Pauline Buffle

Pauline Buffle is a Programme Officer in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. In this interview, she discusses the context and latest developments of the project she manages on Allanblackia, as well as IUCN's role in the project partnership. …  

19 Dec 2013 | Article

Wild-harvested cranberries from Polistovsky Nature Reserve

Impact and legacy of promoting forest management through ecotourism in Bezhanitsy Russia

Between 2009 and 2012, IUCN supported Polistovsky’s forest community in Russia’s Bezhanitsy municipality (Western Russia) in developing ecotourism opportunities, in response to the region’s collapsing community and unsustainable forest management. This community-based ecotourism was aimed at improving environmental management and empowering the local community in the pursuit of more sustainable livelihoods. …  

11 Dec 2013 | Article

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Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology

Please join us for a special session launching a Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology, including examples of national assessments that have taken place recently in Ghana, Mexico, Rwanda and Guatemala, among other countries. …  

04 Dec 2013 | Article

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species

The Okapi – a national symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the “forest giraffe” – and the sub-Saharan White-winged Flufftail – one of Africa’s rarest birds – are now on the brink of extinction, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Two species of albatross, the Leatherback Turtle and the Island Fox native to California’s Channel Islands are showing signs of recovery. …   | French | Dutch

26 Nov 2013 | News story

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First international gathering of forest producer organizations underway

The representatives of farmer and forest producer organizations from around the world are gathering today at an international conference held in Guilin, China. The meeting represents the first of its kind in giving the world’s many millions of smallholder farmer and community forest producers an opportunity to have their voices heard at a global level. With a large part of the Earth’s surface affected by forest producer activities, the conference will seek to support forest producers in improving sustainable management of forest landscapes. …  

25 Nov 2013 | News story

Women in Ohiamatu Simpa, Ghana, discussing the future of their landscape

Governments must commit to providing significant funds for climate change adaptation

Ministers meeting at global climate talks in Warsaw should heed the lessons of past disasters  | Spanish

20 Nov 2013 | IUCN statement

Sun shining through the trees in the Amazon forest

Dutch companies move to counter climate change by tackling deforestation

Four companies based in the Netherlands, Essent, Eneco, Desso and Dutch Development Bank FMO, are launching a unique programme to reduce tropical deforestation in an effort to tackle climate change. …   | Dutch

19 Nov 2013 | News story

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Chris Buss explains the value of the Allanblackia seed