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Registration now open for international conference on large-scale ecosystem restoration and sustainable development

On May 29-30th, 2014, world decision-makers, scientists, practitioners and advocates will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration to further global development goals and sustainable livelihoods. Registration is now open.   …  

23 Apr 2014 | Event

Tusheti PAs

Final mile in historic handover of Georgian forest protection to local control

The first months of 2014 have seen IUCN and local authorities identify a new way forward to achieve a historic first for forest protection in Georgia: a total handover of forest to local control in the sublime landscape of Tusheti …  

16 Apr 2014 | Article

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: A competencies framework

From forest-dependent communities to government staff, many stakeholders are in need of comprehensive information to effectively engage in the design and implementation of REDD+ activities. Recognizing this need, members of the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity (AGRC) have created The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework, a single reference that enables readers to quickly understand key concepts, policy benchmarks, technical elements, skills, tools and resources for ten specific REDD+ themes. …  

08 Apr 2014 | Downloads - document

Armenian forest - circle of trees

Tracking illegal logging to ensure protection of Armenia’s forests

By creating a community monitoring system, and through proactive advocacy and education, Armenia’s state forestry agency show just how far things have changed since working with IUCN and partners. …  

02 Apr 2014 | Article

Introduction IUCN's Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration project

Introducing the Knowledge and Tools for Forest Landscape Restoration Project

 There are over 2 billion hectares of degraded and deforested lands across the world that could benefit from restoration.  While much is known about how and why we should restore these lost lands, before restoration can begin world leaders and landowners alike must first answer a multitude of challenging questions.  Who will pay the costs of restoration? Who will receive the manifold benefits?  How shall we start?  Where should we start? How to prepare for success?
 

24 Mar 2014 | Blogs

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Supporting our forest guardians

Almost exactly a year ago, on the 14th of March 2013, 33-year old Thaweesak Chomyong, a ranger working in Thailand’s Pang Sida National Park was fatally shot when a group of poachers fired upon his patrol team before fleeing the scene. This was not an isolated incident. The neighbouring Thap Lan National Park (TLNP), part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also bearing the brunt of this poaching epidemic, in particular the poaching of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis). …  

21 Mar 2014 | News story

WPC Logo with tagline

IUCN World Parks Congress content contribution closes in 24 hours

The Call for Programme content for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will close in 24hours. The deadline is set for Saturday 15 March 2014 and it will not be extended so if you haven’t already submitted a proposal and would like to contribute to the Congress Programme, now's the time to do so.
 

14 Mar 2014 | Article

Red-ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra)

Emergency three-year action plan for lemurs

Primatologists from Bristol Zoological Society, Conservation International, and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group have developed an emergency three-year action plan for lemurs, Madagascar’s endemic group of primates. …  

21 Feb 2014 | News story

The My Forest |Our Future Exhibition at the Gabbaron Foundation in New York, NY will feature inspiring photographs from forests all month.

Promoting forests at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Forests can be a path to acheiving global development goals.  They will be part of the discussion this week at the 8th Open Working Group on Sustanable Development Goals at the United Nations in New York. …  

03 Feb 2014 | Media advisory

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