Harvesting barley in Annapurna Conservation Area,Nepal

About conservation and social policy

Healthy ecosystems produce goods and services that provide livelihoods for people and the potential for economic development. These include fresh water, agricultural productivity, fisheries, forest products, energy and protection from natural hazards. But when human activity degrades the environment, these goods and services decline, hampering economic and social development and leaving rural, marginalized communities more vulnerable.

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Gonzalo Oviedo

Power to the people

There is increasing understanding about the links between conservation and poverty reduction-how the livelihoods of millions of the rural poor depend on healthy ecosystems. The challenge is putting this understanding into practice, involving local people in decisions about, and management of the natural resources on which they depend. Gonzalo Oviedo explains some of the issues and what's needed to address them.  …  

09 Oct 2008 | Video

UNDP Equator Initiative

The movers and shakers

It seems the old ways are always the best. The Equator Prize, announced during a ceremony at the Congress, recognizes the work of communities who are conserving biodiversity and generating income through traditional methods. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Sacred natural sites : guidelines for protected area managers

IUCN and UNESCO publish guidelines on sacred natural sites in protected areas

Thousands of sacred natural sites are in jeopardy around the world despite the fact that many lie within formal Protected Areas. …  

07 Oct 2008 | International news release

Booklaunch: Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction

Buscando conexiones para encontrar soluciones

Tras su presentación oficial el pasado lunes 6 de octubre en la tarde, el libro “Pobreza y conservación” continúa hablando claro sobre la asociación entre la pérdida de la biodiversidad y la pobreza y qué alternativas se podrían encontrar para solucionar esta problemática partiendo de posiciones realistas …  

06 Oct 2008 | News story

Man carrying wheat in Manang (3540m) Annapurna CA. Nepal

Put nature at centre of food crisis debate, says IUCN

The Declaration on World Food Security, adopted in Rome on June 5, fell short of showing the political will needed to address the underlying causes of the food crisis, according to IUCN. …  

06 Jun 2008 | News story

PAEL session in Hanoi, April 25th, 2008

Protected Areas, Equity, and Livelihoods in the Asia Pacific Region

On Friday April 25, 2008, nearly 100 delegates from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Hanoi joined the parallel session on Protected Areas, Equity and Livelihoods (PAEL), funded by IUCN Economics & Environment and jointly organized by IUCN, Asia Forest Network (AFN) and the Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and Pacific (RECOFTC).  

19 May 2008 | News story

Barcelona Congress

Registration for the World Conservation Congress is now online

The online registration system for the World Conservation Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from 5 to 14 October, is now open. The Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Be a part of it and register now! You can also book your preferred accommodation and excursion trips online.
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12 May 2008 | News story

Woman preparing maize. Annapurna, Nepal

Food versus fuel debate not so simple, says IUCN

The debate currently raging about the global food crisis and whether biofuels are to blame for it is far more complex than it first appears.  …  

30 Apr 2008 | News story

Southern African Development Community Summit

Recognize role of environment in poverty reduction, IUCN urges Southern Africa

Food security, climate change and energy topped concerns at the recent Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit, but leaders failed to recognize the role of the environment in poverty reduction, according to IUCN. …  

23 Apr 2008 | News story

Camel caravan in Komadugu Yobe river basin, North East Nigeria

Indigenous peoples play key role in coping with climate change – IUCN

Indigenous peoples around the world will bear the brunt of climate change – but they are also armed with the traditional knowledge to survive its effects. …   | French

17 Mar 2008 | International news release


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