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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

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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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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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