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February 2012
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IUCN welcomes 33 new Members and Brazil National Committee!

On 15 February 2012, the 78th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 33 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized the Brazil National Committee of IUCN Members.
The Council, President, Director General and entire family of IUCN extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and Committee, and look forward to their active involvement.

> Discover our new IUCN Members
A Blue-and-yellow-macaw in the Bird Park of Iguaçu, Brazil


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

> Wildscreen's "Creative Climate Change Challenge" for young people
> UK Protected Areas - Natural Solutions Conference
> Boost for wildlife conservation: 23 new SOS projects
> UK Overseas Territories Online Herbarium
> Green Turtle nesting boom in Philippines
> Love you for life: Monogamous species celebrate Valentine’s Day
> Messages from Bonn 2011: Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus
> Turning the red carpet green
> Celebrating World Wetlands Day
> Naturally Europe
> EU experts on IPBES thematic content
Grey Wolf pair

IUCN welcomes Republic of Iraq as new State Member

The Government of the Republic of Iraq has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes. The Ministry of Environment has been designated by the Government of the Republic of Iraq as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat.
IUCN extends its warmest welcome to the Republic of Iraq, a country that slopes from mountains and descends to marshes at sea level. It is ecologically diverse, with habitats that vary from dry mountains and forests in the northeastern Kurdish area, to alluvial Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq. Desert areas, which cover about 60% of the geography of Iraq, vary considerably between different parts of the country in vegetation, rainfall, and elevation.

> Learn more about our new State Member from the Republic of Iraq
Scene from Iraq

Launch of IUCN Motions Blog

The Motions process is a central element of IUCN’s governance system and an important means by which Members can influence future directions in the conservation community and seek international support in various conservation issues.
For the first time, a Motions Blog is launched for IUCN Members to draft and discuss motions before they are formally submitted to the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress.

> More information
Members' Assembly

IUCN@Rio Bulletin

The IUCN@Rio Bulletin, for IUCN Members, Commissions and staff, communicates the latest developments related to the Rio+20 Conference (20-22 June 2012). The latest edition contains: an update on the ongoing Rio+20 negotiations; information on IUCN's position on the United Nations Zero Draft of the Outcome Document, entitled "The Future We Want"; information on upcoming events; and a feature on the World Water Forum.

> Download the IUCN@Rio Bulletin here
> IUCN@Rio+20 web pages
Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

IUCN: The movie

Check out our new video for a colourful overview of who we are and what we do!

> Watch the video
Juvenile green sea turtle swimming in shallow coral reef

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 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
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IUCN Conservation tools

Take advantage of our conservation databases and tools that have already proved helpful to hundreds of organizations!
Access a range of Open Access Journals here

Diver in Egyptian coral reefs

Members' Portal

This is an exclusive platform for Members to share knowledge, engage with other IUCN Members and learn about new opportunities. Visit the Members' Portal to view recent information from the IUCN Council and Secretariat and to access interesting opportunities: jobs, funding and awards.

> Members' Portal


Remember that Members are entitled to a 33.3% discount when purchasing books in the IUCN Publications catalogue!
Send us news of your new publications to: membership@iucn.org 

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Children of French Polynesia with books from the Honu Toolkit

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IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Photo credits: Header © Aniszewski@ Dreamstime.com; Macaw © Imène Meliane; Grey Wolf pair © Steve Jurvetson; Scene from Iraq © Nature Iraq; Members’ Assembly © IUCN; Turtle © Andre Seale; Rio+20 logo © UN; Congress logo © IUCN; Polar bear © SOS; Diver © HEPCA; Parrot © Gabriel Dávila; Children in French Polynesia © Te mano o te moana.