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Conservation International offers some guidance how to incorporate. women's perspective into conservation planning. Here a women shares her view in a workshop in East Timor.

How To Incorporate Gender into Conservation

We've talked about why gender should be considered in natural resource management and nature conservation. Now we learn how. …  

15 Sep 2014 | Blogs

Trees dot a semi-arid landscape in a Burkina Faso's flat parklands.

The Mighty Shea: How women and men sculpt landscapes - and why this matters for restoration

The humble shea tree can teach us much about how men and women relate to land differently - and why this matters for restoration. A Gender and Restoration case study, from Burkina Faso. …  

20 Aug 2014 | Blogs

Lahij, Azerbaijan

Are Azerbaijan’s Ancient Forest Communities Ready for Climate Change?

The ancient language, streets, arts, and even sewers of this mountain village in northern Azerbaijan have withstood the test of time, but how ready is the village to adapt to a changing climate?  

20 Aug 2014 | Article

Gender and Restoration

Introducing On Gender and Restoration: A case study series

Planning landscape restoration often means evaluating forest health, water flows, or the availability of choice seedlings. It should also mean talking to women. …  

21 Jul 2014 | Blogs

“We can now begin to say which forest reserves are healthy and which are in a degraded state and may require restoration.” This is an early draft of an on-going effort to map the health of Ghana's important forest reserves.

IUCN Maps Health of Ghana’s Forest Reserves

You cannot manage what you have not measured. A new effort to map the health of Ghana’s important forest reserves is now underway. …  

17 Jul 2014 | Article

A new economic framework released by IUCN and partners can aid decision-making for restoration.

IUCN Releases An Economic Framework for Analyzing Forest Landscape Restoration Decisions

We depend on land for everything essential: food, water, shelter. When land loses its function and productivity - how should we go about restoring it? Where do we start? How shall we pay for it? A new framework for decision-making helps answer these questions, using the simple but powerful lens of economic analysis.   …  

16 Jul 2014 | News story

The Chinese capital of Beijing is growing - and so is its demand for water. Forest landscape restoration can be part of the solution.

IUCN Project Examines Potential of Forest Restoration to Protect Beijing Water Supply

 With growing populations and expanding industries hard hit by climate change, China’s megacities are facing an unprecedented water crisis. IUCN and partners in China are examining how nature can be part of the solution. In at least one city, the municipality of Beijing, the restoration of forest landscapes has an important role to play. …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

arborvitae Issue 45 - Forest Landscape Restoration: Potential and Impacts

  • Global restoration of forest landscapes - where are the opportunities? What are the benefits?
  • Spotlight on the Bonn Challenge, the largest restoration inititative the world has ever seen.
  • "What forest restoration means to me" - Interviews with humanitarian Bianca Jagger, filmmaker John Liu and many more. 
  • Assessing restoration potential at the national and subnational level.
  • Mobilizing support for the global restoration movement.
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13 Jun 2014 | Downloads - publication

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Deadline Extended for Registration: 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. The deadline for registration has been extended - register now!   …  

15 May 2014 | Event

Emmanuel de Mérode, director of Virunga National Park

IUCN condemns attack on Virunga’s Chief Warden

IUCN is deeply shocked by the news of the violent attack on Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode, which took place yesterday. …  

17 Apr 2014 | News story

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