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January 2012
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Happy New Year to all our Members

Congress year is upon us! We take this opportunity to wish all our Members a Happy New Year and every success in their projects, programmes and initiatives in support of the conservation of nature.
You will shortly receive the first edition of our IUCN World Conservation Congress bulletin, but until then, here's a taster of what awaits us in Jeju, Republic of Korea:  

> Jeju: eco-wonder of the world
Jeju, Republic of Korea


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

> IUCN Member discovers new plant in Fiji
> Launch of 6th phase of CARPE Small Grants Programme
> Video: Adapting to climate change in Eastern and Southern Africa
> Hope in a hotspot: mission to save frogs in Colombia
> Brazil working for 2020 National Biodiversity Plan
> New Member in Albania: PPNEA
> FPWC is a new IUCN Member in Armenia
> New IUCN Member in Croatia: BIOM
> IUCN Bangladesh & Member CEGIS: Cricket for ecosystems
> World Wetlands Day photo celebration
> Out of sight, not out of mind
> The future we want - preparing for Rio+20
> New IUCN Red List map browser
> IUCN comments on the way IPBES is being shaped
> Unveiling the secrets of the deep
> IUCN and Sakhalin Energy continue joint efforts to protect whales
The newly discovered plant system belonging to the Medinilla plant group

New IUCN State Members

IUCN extends its warmest welcome to two new State Members from the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of Iraq and looks forward to engaging them in the Union’s work. 
Bhutan is known as a model for proactive conservation initiatives and has received international acclaim for its commitment to its biodiversity. Bhutan has committed to maintain at least 60% of its land area under forest cover and to designate more than 40%of its territory as national parks, reserves and other protected areas. Most recently, Bhutan identified a further 9% of land area as biodiversity corridors that link protected areas.  

> Discover more about our new State Member from the Kingdom of Bhutan
> Discover more about our new State Member, the Republic of Iraq in our next edition of Union Pulse
Manas River in Bhutan

IUCN Council: Invitation to comment on the draft agenda

IUCN Members, National and Regional Committees are invited to send their comments on the draft agenda for the 78th Council meeting to the IUCN Director General via governancesupport@iucn.org, in English, French or Spanish, before 6 February 2012. Please find the draft agenda (English only) on the Members' Portal.
Besides the recurring agenda items such as the Report from the Director General and the IUCN Commissions, and the admission of new IUCN Members, Council will discuss a draft IUCN’s Business Engagement Strategy, and focus on preparations for the 2012 World Conservation Congress, including the approval of the Draft IUCN Programme and Financial Plan 2013-2016 and the nomination of candidates for election as President, Treasurer and Commission Chairs during the 2012 World Conservation Congress.

> Click here to access the Members' Portal
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New brochure: Benefits of IUCN Membership

We are pleased to share our new brochure on the benefits of IUCN membership with you. Please feel free to use this with any potential Members. It is available in electronic format in our three official languages: English, French and Spanish.

> Join the world’s largest global environmental network: The benefits of IUCN membership
IUCN Members' brochure

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
Polar bear

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 

> Access recent IUCN Publications
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.

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