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Children on African rice plantation

Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’

By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role played by ecosystems such as rivers, floodplains and wetlands – or ‘natural infrastructure’. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

Closing session of Eye on Earth Summit held from 6 - 8 Oct in Abu Dhabi

Eye on Earth Summit calls for practical actions to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda

Abu Dhabi, 13 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit, held last week, has concluded with a commitment by delegates to implement a number of mechanisms, recommendations and practical actions around the supply, demand and enabling conditions of data considered essential to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

FFI, 2013A-057, Cape Verde, Mobula thurstoni, SOS Save OUr Species

Shark conservation project first: identification of juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray in Cape Verde

So much remains to be understood about the oceans and the life they harbour. The recent discovery of a juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray (Mobula thurstoni) in waters near Cape Verde by members of an SOS grant-funded team working for IUCN Member Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is a tantalizing reminder of that.   …  

12 Oct 2015 | News story

2013A-062, World Parrot Trust, SOS Save Our Species, Timneh Parrot

Major trafficker of African parrots arrested and 89 threatened Timneh parrots seized

On the 18th September, after months of painstaking investigations, a major trafficker of African wild parrots and other birds was arrested in Dakar, Senegal. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Set to Overcome Sustainable Development Data Challenges at a Critical Time For Decision Makers

Abu Dhabi, 6 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit opened in Abu Dhabi today, with leaders of the Summit Alliance partner organisations highlighting the critical role the movement is playing in promoting dialogue and driving international action to help overcome the challenges associated with data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

Irrigation agriculture, Azraq, Jordan

Key 9 steps to achieve water stewardship in agriculture

On the occassion of the new publication 'Water Stewardship in Agriculture', James Dalton and Stuart Orr share their views on water stewardship and the steps to take for it to work in the agricultural sector:   …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

UNEP IKM Steering Committee Meeting

UNEP IKM Steering Committee Meeting

The MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative Steering Committee met for the 6th time to discuss and agree on standards and improvements in information management, outlining the synergies between UNEP affiliated Multilateral Environmental Agreements and providing information for better policy and decision making. IUCN participated in this meeting in its capacity as longstanding observer to the initiative, as ECOLEX partner and as project consultant. The IUCN Environmental Law Centre developed a thesaurus of approx. 500 concepts (including additional synonyms, definitions, translations and alignments to controlled vocabularies of affiliated Multilateral Environmental Agreements) which was presented during the launch of the new search interface LEO (Law and Environment Ontology), an information system which envisages to present MEA COP decisions, national reports and e-learning tools together with treaty information, legislation, literature and court decisions harvested from ECOLEX. …  

05 Oct 2015 | News story


The Principle of Non Regression of Environmental Law in Ibero-America

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre presents a new book, The Principle of No Regression of Environmental Law in Ibero-America, which is published in the series “IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper”. Members of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Masters in Environmental Law of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) contributed to this book, which describes how this new principle has permeated into national legislation and jurisprudence in different countries of the region. …  

30 Sep 2015 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law

Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV

The Environmental Law Centre represented IUCN in the Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 7 – 11 September, 2015. The Montevideo Programme IV was adopted by the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009 as a strategy for the international law community and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

25 Sep 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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