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Conservar la biodiversidad cada vez es más urgente

Tras la publicación de la la tercera edición del “Global Biodiversy Outlook” (Perspectiva Mundial sobre la Biodiversidad), emitido recientemente por las Naciones Unidas y producido en el marco de la Convención sobre Diversidad Biológica (CDB), queda una vez más en claro que la meta de reducción de la pérdida de especies al 2010 está aún lejos de alcanzarse. …  

27 May 2010 | News story

Colibrí Esmeralda, Cozumel, México.

Soluciones naturales para la reducción de la pobreza

Tras la celebración del Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, la UICN se enfoca en mostrar la relación entre biodiversidad, desarrollo humano y los medios de vida de la gente. Esto tiene un especial significado para cada planta y animal sobre la Tierra, particularmente durante este Año Internacional de la Biodiversidad, en un tiempo en el cual los líderes mundiales están apuntando a nuevos objetivos para detener la pérdida de biodiversidad. …  

27 May 2010 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

Can conservation and development really be integrated?

"Most biodiversity conservation projects in poor tropical countries also aspire to alleviate the poverty of local people. The results of these integrated conservation and development projects have often been disappointing. This paper argues that it would be impossible for both practical and ethical reasons for conservation programmes to ignore the needs of poor people who live in and around the natural areas that we seek to conserve..." …  

26 May 2010 | Downloads - document

Sweet potatoes garden on the slopes of Arfak Mountains, West Papua

Mediating forest transitions: ‘grand design’ or ‘muddling through’?

"Present biodiversity conservation programmes in the remaining extensive forest blocks of the humid tropics are failing to achieve outcomes that will be viable in the medium to long term. Too much emphasis is given to what we term ‘grand design’—ambitious and idealistic plans for conservation..." …  

24 May 2010 | Downloads - document

Vervet monkey in Nyamey, Niger

Forest management in Africa: is wildlife taken into account?

"Human activities in tropical forests are disruptive processes and can trigger numerous, yet not completely understood, mechanisms or effects which will in turn alter, in a more or less significant way, the overall function, structure and composition of the ecosystem. …  

23 May 2010 | Downloads - document

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

One step forward to halting biodiversity loss?

Governments have made “positive moves” towards coming up with a plan to reduce the current loss of biodiversity, which is threatening the future of our planet. Over the past two weeks, delegates at a meeting in Nairobi have been discussing the scientific and technical aspects behind a new “big plan” to save all life on earth, the planet’s biodiversity. Scientists from IUCN, who have been taking part in the discussions, say that they’re encouraged by the commitment shown by governments to develop a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years, which would set targets to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. …  

23 May 2010 | International news release

Mama mutere tree

What’s in it for me? Engaging local communities in conservation

Edmund Barrow, Regional Forest Advisor from IUCN’s Forest Conservation Programme in Africa, is based in Nairobi but supports the Forest Programme across the whole continent. Engagement with local communities is a very important part of his work. Here he talks about the challenges that this entails and how conservation work can bring real-life benefits both to people and to the environment. …  

21 May 2010 | Audio

Social Assessment of Conservation Initiatives

Social Assessment of Conservation Initiatives - CEESP TILCEPA and TGER member and Regional Vice-Chair (Oceania) has been involved in the production of the following report. …  

21 May 2010 | Downloads - publication

REDD and Communities Task Force calls for case studies on ICCAs and the “underlying causes of forest conservation”

The REDD and Communities Task Force of CEESP and the Global Forest Coalition have started a new initiative to map, document and promote successful examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-driven forest conservation and restoration, and the incentive systems and policy frameworks that have made them work. …  

21 May 2010 | News story


The value of biodiversity

This edition of the FAO publication "Nature and Faune" is dedicated to investigating the value of biodiversity, including inputs from work and authors connected to IUCN's Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy. …  

20 May 2010 | Downloads - document
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