Ecosystem

IUCN's Deputy Director General Bill Jackson

Message from the Deputy Director General: Freshwater conservation

Watch IUCN Deputy Director General Bill Jackson talk about freshwater conservation challenges and explain what IUCN is doing to make sure that there's enough water in the world both for nature and for people. …  

04 Sep 2010 | News story

Steppe landscape

IUCN’s alarm call for Eurasian steppes

Growing threats to Euroasian steppes such as climate change, land-use change, overgrazing, hunting and mining will be the focus of an international conference organized by IUCN from 9 to 12 September in the Hustai National Park in Mongolia. The meeting will be attended by experts on natural grasslands but also by politicians and people that rely on steppes in their everyday lives, such as pastoralists. …  

30 Aug 2010 | News story

Sugar cane plantations at Santa Clara province, Cuba

Reducing the impact of biofuels on the environment and local communities

Energy company Shell and sugar giant Cosan have announced a partnership to produce biofuels from Brazilian sugarcane. IUCN will work through its partnership with Shell to ensure that the impact of these operations on local communities and nature are minimised. …  

26 Aug 2010 | News story

Mariners Cave, Vava'u group

IUCN welcomes Tonga as new State Member

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the Union’s Statutes, becoming the 84th State Member of the world’s largest and oldest environmental network. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has been designated by the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

24 Aug 2010 | News story

Vegetable nursery in Linda Vista, Guatemala

Communities reduce disaster risks by investing in nature

"Hurricane Stan in 2005 was the catalyst for action. We knew what needed to be done, we just did not realize the risks of inaction", said Gerardo Barrios De León, Head of the Tojgüech River Microwatershed Council. …  

23 Aug 2010 | News story

Maasai women taking part in vulnerability assessment, Chambogo Same District, Tanzania

Empowering people to manage water

Across East Africa, water catchment planning and development at the local level is essential for sustainable and integrated water management in the region. "It is at the local level that the opportunity for involvement of all stakeholders, including non-state actors, in water resources management exists", says Katharine Cross, IUCN Water Programme Officer. …  

17 Aug 2010 | News story

In Suva, Fiji - IUCN Regional Director, Taholo Kami, Kiribati President, H.E. Anote Tonga and UNESCO Director (Apia Office), Dr. Vise Pongi.

Kiribati celebrates World Heritage Listing

Following the decision made at the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting held in Brazil last week, celebrations were high amongst Kiribati nationals residing in Fiji as they came together on Monday night to honor the efforts and the recognition awarded to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area as one of the new World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story

SOPAC interview with IWRM demonstration project manager from Nauru

Water management takes centre stage for Pacific Islands

The availability of freshwater is important to the quality of life, and it is critical to the economic development of every country” was the opening message from the President of Palau, His Excellency Johnson Toribiong, in his speech to the Steering Committee meeting of the Pacific Integrated Water Resource Management Programme. …  

05 Aug 2010 | News story

Biofuel standards workshop report image

Encouraging closer collaboration between biofuel sustainability standards - report now available

As part of an ongoing collaboration to promote the implementation of more sustainable biofuels, IUCN and Shell, working with ProForest and The Packard Foundation convened stakeholders of a number of certification schemes, including secretariat and Board members as well as industry and civil society representatives. The workshop was held to discuss areas of synergy and opportunities for harmonization of standards and certification schemes that may apply to biofuels. The final report is now available. …  

04 Aug 2010 | 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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