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Over €6 million boost for nature conservation in European Overseas Countries and Territories

There’s good news for biodiversity conservation in the millions of square kilometres of land and ocean that make up European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories with the launch of a grants fund of over €6 million to be coordinated by IUCN.  …  

10 Feb 2015 | News story

Rio Tinto executive makes the business case for biodiversity in plenary session at Leaders for Nature India Forum.

Leaders for Nature India Forum links valuing natural capital to future prosperity

The first Leaders for Nature India Forum held on 30 January in Mumbai explored how natural capital accounting could help the private sector address some of the biggest challenges it is facing today in India and around the world.  

05 Feb 2015 | Article

A field trip to a coffee plantation in the Cerrado, Brazil.

Promoting sustainable landscapes in Brazil's Cerrado biome

As a result of IUCN, Nespresso and IPÊ sharing their vision of sustainable productive landscapes, a multi-stakeholder consortium is now addressing ecosystem services decline and natural resources depletion in the biologically-diverse Cerrado biome. The consortium supports a blend of communications, knowledge sharing and capacity building to shift behaviour and community attitudes towards sustainability in the region. …  

04 Feb 2015 | Article

IUCN Director General takes part in the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos.

IUCN’s new Director General engages global leaders in Davos

As one of her first acts, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. …  

03 Feb 2015 | News story

Dark-winged Groundling (Brachythemis fuscopalliata)

IUCN study draws attention to the critical state of freshwater biodiversity in the Eastern Mediterranean

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presents alarming findings from the most comprehensive freshwater biodiversity assessment in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The study aims at raising the current low profile of freshwater biodiversity conservation in this region, promoting integrated water resource management practices, and providing reliable and up-to-date data for decision makers. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | Article

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

Lac Tchad Map

BRIDGE project advances ratification of Lake Chad Water Charter

IUCN, under the auspices of the BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) project, supports Nigeria and Cameroon towards major advancements in the ratification of the Lake Chad Water Charter  …   | French

20 Jan 2015 | News story

IUCN welcomes Burundi as a new State Member

IUCN extends a warm welcome to the Republic of Burundi, which has officially announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes. The Ministry for Water, Environment, Land Management and Urban Development confirmed the Government’s decision and has designated the Burundian Office for the Protection of the Environment (OBPE) as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jan 2015 | News story

Steve Edwards of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme

A balancing act

Steve Edwards of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme explains how government and business are looking at ways to compensate for the impacts of development on biodiversity. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Article