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Partners set to track their footprints in Orange-Senqu river basin

Partners implementing two projects in the Orange-Senqu river basin met in Pretoria, South Africa from 18 to 20 February 2012 to share experiences and agree on how to monitor project achievements in a participatory manner. The two projects target parts of the same river basin and are addressing common challenges including ecosystem management, biodiversity, water resources, land management, invasive species and environmental degradation. …  

27 Feb 2013 | Article
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Zhang Xinsheng

IUCN draws the world’s attention to nature-based solutions for development

Speaking at the recent Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, IUCN’s President urged delegates to consider nature as real capital and a prerequisite for socio-economic development rather than an impediment to it. …  

26 Feb 2013 | News story

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IUCN’s convening power important for dialogue on conservation issues, President says

IUCN Members in South Africa have been urged to continue making use of the IUCN convening power to discuss key conservation issues affecting South Africa and the rest of the world. The remarks were made by the IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng during the recent meeting of the IUCN National Committee of South Africa held in Pretoria, South Africa on February 22, 2013. …  

26 Feb 2013 | Article
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IUCN President briefed on IUCN work in eastern and southern Africa, meets Members in Kenya

IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng held discussions with IUCN Members in Kenya and IUCN Regional Office staff to get first-hand information on the implementation of the IUCN Programme in eastern and southern Africa region. These meetings were held on February 21, 2013 alongside his participation the 27th Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held from 18 to 22 February 2013 at the headquarters of UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. …  

26 Feb 2013 | News story
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African Black Rhino in Ngorongoro.

African rhinos won’t hold out for much longer, IUCN experts warn

Gland, Switzerland, 26 February 2013 – Nearly 2,400 rhinos have been poached across Africa since 2006, slowing the population growth of both African rhino species to some of the lowest levels since 1995, according to the latest facts revealed by IUCN experts. …   | French | Spanish

26 Feb 2013 | International news release

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New conservation action for a major biodiversity hotspot in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa

The first meeting of the a forum for Stakeholders Engagement for Informed Decision-making, Threats Mitigation and Sustainable Freshwater Services Management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa took place in Kigali, Rwanda, on the 21st-22nd of February 2013. The forum convened by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) with funding from the MacArthur Foundation brought together policy-makers, the private sector and civil society representatives to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss common challenges and development pressures affecting ecosystem services and to exchange information, experiences and case studies. …  

25 Feb 2013 | Article
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Building capacity for managing World Heritage

Managers from 10 World Heritage sites throughout Africa met at the IUCN ESARO regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya to reflect on and learn more about management effectiveness of natural World Heritage sites in Africa. The Africa Nature project, a collaborative effort by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN and the African World Heritage Fund, with financial support from the Governments of Flanders (Belgium) and Spain, convened this workshop. …  

25 Feb 2013 | Article
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Turtle release

New funds for Europe overseas’ BEST!

The Director General of IUCN and the Director of the French Aid Agency (AFD) signed a financial agreement of 800,000 Euros last December. The grant aims at supporting the BEST initiative for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories, as well as IUCN’s work on the establishment of a dedicate tool for Europe overseas’ biodiversity.  …  

22 Feb 2013 | News story
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SOS RAG, Mali Elephants, Carlton Ward Jr

Surviving the War for Mali's Elephants

The following article is an adaptation of an original blog post written by Dr. Susan Canney, Project Leader with the Mali Elephant Project initiated by WILD Foundation; an SOS Rapid Action Grantee. …  

20 Feb 2013 | News story

Vice-Presidents of IUCN 2013-2016: Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Pakistan; Mr. Miguel Pellerano, Argentina; Dr John Robinson, USA;  and Ms Marina von Weissenberg, Finland. 
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IUCN Council appoints Vice-Presidents for 2013-16

Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan (Pakistan), Mr. Miguel Pellerano (Argentina), Dr John Robinson (USA) and Ms Marina von Weissenberg (Finland), have been named Vice-Presidents of IUCN for 2013-16. …   | French | Spanish

01 Feb 2013 | News story