Cameron logging road

Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Stephen Kamau, KENVO conservation officer

Care in the community - saving Kenya's forests

Forests cover less than 3% of Kenya’s land area but they’re an important source of income, food and economic growth to the country. However, forests are increasingly under pressure, due to rampant charcoal burning, illegal logging, overgrazing, forest fires and pollution. The Kijabe Environment Volunteers group (KENVO) has made great moves in preserving vast areas of the Gatamaiyu forest near Nairobi, working with local communities, many of whom were previously involved in illegal and destructive activities in the forest. …  

01 Jun 2010 | Audio

Shagarab Refugee Camp, North Eastern Sudan

Feeling the heat - energy pressure in the Horn of Africa

Sound environmental management is central to refugee security and well-being. Managed sustainably, the environment can supply much-needed goods and services for refugees and Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) including fuel wood and building material. …  

31 May 2010 | News story

Landscapes form Middle-East

Climate action needed now - talks continue

As climate negotiations resume today at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges delegates to establish a post-2012 global climate change regime. …  

31 May 2010 | International news release

Papallacta, Ecuador.

Especialistas preparan Lista Roja de árboles de bosques montanos, Andes

Son 323 especies de árboles que se encuentran en los bosques de los Andes Tropicales evaluados a nivel global por la Lista Roja de UICN; de éstos, 236 se encuentran amenazados. …  

27 May 2010 | News story

LLS Lachuá Guatemala

Reconciling conservation and development: are landscapes the answer?

"The landscape scale is being used for complex initiatives that have the dual objective of conserving biodiversity and alleviating poverty in developing countries. Working at landscape scales greatly expands the level of ambition of conservation organizations. The skills and competencies needed are different to those that conservation organizations have conventionally deployed. Influencing landscape patterns will be gradual and require medium to long-term commitments." …  

27 May 2010 | Downloads - document


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


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