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Governments to debate planet "bailout"

Never has the world faced a more pressing crisis than the current loss of biodiversity, which affects every man, woman and child. The gap between the pressure on our natural resources and governments’ response to the deterioration is widening. IUCN is calling for governments to come up with a “bailout plan,” a 10-year strategy that will help countries halt and reverse this loss. …  

06 May 2010 | International news release

Asturias, Spain

Environment: a human right

The European Biodiversity Day held at the Council of Europe on 28 April culminated with the signing of a declaration which recognizes that the environment is part of human rights. …  

05 May 2010 | News story

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

IUCN welcomes Solomon Islands as new State Member

The Government of Solomon Islands has officially announced its decision to join IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes, becoming the 83rd State Member of IUCN. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology has been designated by the Government of Solomon Islands as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

05 May 2010 | News story

From left to right: Prof Dr Louise E.M. Vet, Director at Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Dr Ashok Khosla, Mr Willem Ferwerda, Executive Director IUCN NL

How to escape current development paradigms

A fierce debate concluded the two-day conference "The Great Escape" in the Amsterdam based Artis Royal Zoo. Outgoing Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Mrs Gerda Verburg, President of IUCN Dr Ashok Khosla and Chair of the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands Roger van Boxtel discussed opportunities and threats for the future of planet Earth. …  

04 May 2010 | News story

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre signs a framework agreement with Mr Pasi Hellman of Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Finland joins as a new IUCN framework partner

On 29 April 2010, IUCN signed a two-year Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. A signing ceremony took place between Mr Pasi Hellman, Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy and IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, in Helsinki, Finland. …  

30 Apr 2010 | News story

Sava River in Croatia

Habitat Banking and Biodiversity Offsets

IUCN has been involved in research and debates about biodiversity offsets and habitat banking for several years.  Recently, IUCN Economics contributed to a study of the feasibility of habitat banking in Europe, led by Economics for the Environment Consultancy. This study (The use of market based instruments for biodiversity protection – the case of Habitat Banking) investigates the scope for using market-based instruments (MBI) and more specifically Habitat Banking to protect biodiversity at Community level – and the possible conditions and limitations for their use. …  

28 Apr 2010 | News story

Lord Mandelson presents Thomas Hearing his award

Jurassic Coast Student named UK Young Scientist of the Year 2010

Thomas Hearing, a student who worked on a Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (WHS) research project, has been named UK Young Scientist of the Year 2010. …  

16 Apr 2010 | International news release

The Drina River (BiH/Serbia)

Dinaric Arc Initiative to boost transboundary cooperation in the Western Balkans

Transboundary cooperation is instrumental for the conservation of natural assets and for improved regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. This is one of the key conclusions of a stakeholder meeting organized in Tara National Park (Serbia) under the auspice of the IUCN-led project Environment for People in the Dinaric Arc. …  

16 Apr 2010 | News story
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VGFI roundtable discussion

How the illegal logging impacts the rural population of Georgia? – First roundtable discussion

On 08 April, Vasil Gulisashvili Forest Institute hosted the roundtable discussion about the study on economic and social impact of inefficient, unsustainable forest practices and illegal logging on rural populations of Georgia. …  

12 Apr 2010 | International news release

Forest near Rkoni Monastery, Georgia

New ENPI FLEG Program website launched

Today the new website for the ENPI FLEG Program was launched. The ENPI Program - Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighbourhood Policy East Countries and Russia is implemented by the World Bank, WWF and IUCN and is funded by the European Union. …  

09 Apr 2010 | News story