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Tapping Nature’s solutions for sustainable urban development

By Chantal van Ham of IUCN’s European Union Representative Office, Brussels. …  

01 Oct 2012 | Article
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Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

The nature equation

Nature+ is the theme of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Enrique Lahmann and Célia Zwahlen explain its significance. …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article

Anders Rhodin with Lonesome George in 1982 at the Charles Darwin Research Station

Lonesome George, a farewell from a friend

When I saw the news yesterday I was overcome with sadness and spent a great deal of time thinking about Lonesome George and all he had meant to both me personally and to the world of species conservation in general, says Anders G.J. Rhodin, M.D., Chairman Emeritus, IUCN Species Survival Commission's (SSC) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. …  

26 Jun 2012 | Article

Garba Tula drylands project, Kenya

Food crisis in the Sahel in 2012: a Somali déjà vu?

To avoid impending food crises in East Africa, policy makers should act now to ease the cross-border movement of pastoralists, says Pablo Manzano, Global Coordinator of the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism. …   | French

23 Apr 2012 | Article
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Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia

Time to re-boot: Towards a new environmentalism

In the build-up to the IUCN Congress, a landmark event for conservation, Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia argues that the environmental community needs to re-think its approach. …  

01 Apr 2012 | Article
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Watering a school vegetable garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. IUCN and partners are promoting water education so that future generations can benefit from development based on sustainable and equitable use of water.

Putting nature in the equation

Nature is the missing, fourth dimension of the water-food-energy security nexus, says Dr Mark Smith, Director of IUCN’s Water Programme. …  

01 Mar 2012 | Article
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One of the perks of the job!

Navigating the politics of water

“Alternatives, dialogue and innovation can provide most of the answers to today’s water management problems.” …  

01 Mar 2012 | Article

Gerben Jan Gerbrandy

Opinion: The silent crisis

Europe is in a crisis. An economic and euro crisis. Merkel and Sarkozy dominate the front pages of our newspapers. At the moment economists and their analyses seem to interest even more people than the weather forecast. And the euro countries desperately try to collect 500 billion Euro to fill its emergency fund. This crisis is very vocal and hard to oversee. …  

06 Feb 2012 | Article
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Thomas Elmqvist

Opinion: How can cities build resilience while avoid eroding it somewhere else?

The world is increasingly urban, interconnected and shifting, writes Thomas Elmqvist. The world’s 20 fastest growing urban regions are in countries like China, India and Nigeria, not Europe or North America. By 2050, almost three billion more people will live in cities and the world will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in all of human history. …  

01 Feb 2012 | Article
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Maya pyramid in Chitchen Itza, southern Mexico

Happy New Year! (It could be the last)

Are people’s fears of a world-end related to our neglect of nature, asks Célia Zwahlen. …  

01 Jan 2012 | Article
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