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Woman with baby carrying water back from the well to her village, near Catine, Mozambique

First-ever Environment and Gender Index ranks 72 countries

Warsaw, Poland 19 November 2013 — Today at the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will release the first-ever Environment and Gender Index which monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environmental arena. …   | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2013 | International news release

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Scientists identify the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

14 Nov 2013 | News story

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Registration now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Registration is now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), the landmark global forum on protected areas held every 10 years. The event takes place in Sydney, Australia 12-19 November 2014, with the theme 'Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions' designed to help deliver IUCN’s three priority areas of IUCN's work programme. …  

14 Nov 2013 | News story

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IUCN event at UNFCCC - Giving Life to Acronyms: from Pledges to Action under EBA, REDD+ and ccGAPS

IUCN Official Side Event at UNFCCC COP, Warsaw"Giving Life to Acronyms: from Pledges to Action under EBA, REDD+ and ccGAPS"Wednesday, 13 November, 20:15 – 21:45 (Side Event Room: ‘Torun’) …  

12 Nov 2013 | Event

Los Glaciales National Park, Argentina

Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for identifying KBAs is the focus of a project funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Knowledge for Impact Café - Global Landscapes Forum

Knowledge for Impact Café - Join us at the Global Landscapes Forum at UNFCCC COP

Please join IUCN, CIFOR, PROFOR, and UK Aid for a special technical and networking session on the first day of the Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw, Poland. …  

06 Nov 2013 | Downloads - document

Call for papers S.A.P.I.EN.S

Call for papers on Large-Scale Restoration of Ecosystems.

S.A.P.I.EN.S journal of Veolia Environment Institute is calling for papers on how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Downloads - document

Michael Verdone riding in the back of a pick-up on the way to Mukura forest reserve, West Province, Rwanda

Environmental Economics & Landscape Restoration

Interview with Michael Verdone, IUCN’s environmental economist working in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Audio

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. She leads and manages several forest conservation projects, including the Allanblackia project. …  

29 Oct 2013 | Audio

Exchange of the signed grant agreements between Colin Bruce (left) and Aime Nianogo (right), with the blessing of Naoko Ishii (CEO of GEF)

BRICKS project: the grant agreements is signed

Pr Aimé Nianogo, IUCN Regional Director for West and Central Africa, took part in a ceremony on October 15th in Washington DC, marking the signing of grant agreements under the Building Resilience through Innovation and Knowledge Services (BRICKS) project supporting the Great Green Wall Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa. …  

18 Oct 2013 | News story

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