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December 2011
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Season's greetings and important reminders!

As we near the end of 2011, the Membership Unit takes this opportunity to send season's greetings to IUCN Members worldwide and to wish everyone the very best for 2012, our Congress year.
Preparations for the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress are well underway and it is hoped that all of our 1205 IUCN Members will participate fully in the governance of the Union at the Members' Assembly, and in the rich exchange of cutting edge ideas, thinking and practice at the Forum.
Members have already been engaged throughout 2011 in the drafting of the IUCN Programme 2012-16 and will soon have the opportunity to draft and discuss motions through an online system, which will open in January 2012.
It is also still possible for Members to contribute to the ongoing process to nominate individuals for the Council positions to be elected at the 2012 Congress. The deadline for nominations for President, Treasurer, Commission Chairs and Regional Councillors is 16 January 2012 at noon GMT/UTC at the very latest.
2012 will see the launching of various online Congress systems, including registration, motions, sponsored delegates, accreditation, etc. It is extremely important that Members can access all the necessary information online and engage with all of the processes and for this we need to ensure that we have the correct contact details in our database. Members are requested to notify their relevantMembership Focal Point of any changes to contact data, in particular for the Primary Contact, the person designated by an organization/institution as the focal point for all relations with IUCN.
N.B. Primary contacts will shortly receive new login information for the Members' portal and, as of January, it will be possible for additional staff in Member organizations/institutions to create their own personal user accounts.
All the best for 2012 - see you in Jeju!

Horses facing the snow


A selection of the latest conservation news from and for Members featured on the IUCN website.

> IUCN President gets top WWF honours
> Change of management in Netherlands National Committee
> IUCN China welcomes two new Members
> WANI lessons from the Pacific
> New study to help businesses address their impacts on nature
> Durban deal breathes new life into climate talks
> Welcome to Green Street South Africa
> IUCN is a Green Spider
> Kenyan scientists formulate invasive species strategy
> Saving Nemo: charisma is not enough
> IUCN and Rio Tinto assess conservation's costs and benefits
> Governance of the Goascorán River: a shared resource between El Salvador and Honduras
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (WWF President Emeritus) and Dr Ashok Khosla OBE (President IUCN) at the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal 2011 presentation at Buckingham Palace, 9th December 2011.

IUCN Stakeholder Forum on IPBES

The launch of an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is just around the corner. This Platform is expected to be fully operational in 2012. It will be a global scientific authority providing information and knowledge relevant to policy and strategic decisions on the conservation of biodiversity and the use of ecosystem services. Biodiversity conservation will benefit from such a strengthened science-policy interface and our Union can make a significant contribution to IPBES.
Are you eager to be engaged in shaping IPBES and defining its goals? Here is your chance: the IUCN Stakeholder Forum on IPBES is a new email discussion group for everyone interested in advancing the involvement of scientists, conservation organizations, businesses and other civil society actors in IPBES. Click here to join.

Stakeholder forum on IPBES

Council decisions

The 77th Meeting of the IUCN Council took place in New Delhi, India, from 14 to 17 November 2011. Important outcomes of the Meeting were, among others: the review of the Draft IUCN Programme 2013-2016 based on Membership feedback; approval of the 2012 Work Plan and Budget; preparation of Council motions on IUCN Policy; admission of 52 new IUCN Members and recognition of the Malawi National Committee; and proposals to Congress to amend the IUCN Statutes. The Council decisions are available via the Members' Portal.
An overview of the 77th Council meeting, with a summary of discussions and decisions on the most important agenda items, is also available in IUCN's three official languages via the Members' Portal.

> Click here to access the Members' Portal
> If you would like to be reminded of your login details, please contact your Membership Focal Point
IUCN Member Development Alternatives presents some of its most exciting projects to a group of IUCN Councillors and staff.

REMINDER: Council positions to be elected at 2012 Congress

IUCN's Members and Commission members are called on to participate in the governance of the Union and contribute to the election process for the next IUCN Council 2012-2016.

Information concerning the election of Council members at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 6 to 15 September 2012, has been sent to IUCN Members and Commission members and is also available on the Members' Portal.

> More information
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IUCN expert Commissions

 Latest Commission newsletters/reports:

> Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
> Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
> Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
> Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
> Species Survival Commission (SSC)
> World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
> Join a Commission
Spinner dolphins in the Red Sea marine protected area (Egypt)

2012 World Conservation Congress

 Stay up to date with developments on the new Congress web pages.

> Sign up for the 'Countdown to Congress' newsletter
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IUCN Conservation tools

Take advantage of our conservation databases and tools that have already proved helpful to hundreds of organizations!
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Members' Portal

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Children of French Polynesia with books from the Honu Toolkit

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