Ecotourism package assesments

The second round of MEET ecotourism packages

During the last two years, MEET has succeeded in developing sustainable tourism packages through involving the local communities in 19 protected areas across several Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia). …  

25 Jun 2015 | Article

East Rennell, Solomon Islands

Climate change and dams threaten natural World Heritage, warns IUCN

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting this Sunday in Bonn, Germany. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

25 Jun 2015 | International news release

A burned forest can be a healthy one. A stand of ponderosa pine still smolders from a recent prescribed fire in central Oregon. The US Forest Service sets fires now to mimic natural conditions.

Forest landscape restoration is more than planting trees - three case studies from the United States

Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive rodents. Perhaps we'd better explain. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

Lion (Panthera leo)

Conservation successes overshadowed by more species declines – IUCN Red List update

Successful conservation action has boosted the populations of the Iberian Lynx and the Guadalupe Fur Seal, while the African Golden Cat, the New Zealand Sea Lion and the Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Ninety-nine percent of tropical Asian slipper orchids – some of the most highly prized ornamental plants – are threatened with extinction. …   | French | Spanish | German | Dutch

23 Jun 2015 | International news release

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Promoting Novel Approaches to Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Jordan

A new documentary has been launched explaining and showcasing how new novel approaches such as Al Hima can be used to help reverse degradation and restore biodiversity. …  

22 Jun 2015 | Article


Developing countries progressively adopting and adapting to agricultural biotechnology

In a joint effort, a conference was organized to build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T institutions working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation; and to provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update one another and share the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology, as well as for knowledge-sharing on the understanding, current status and needs of food and feed security. …  

17 Jun 2015 | News story

Building drought resilience in Uganda and Kenya

From drought-stricken to stewards rising

Over 12 million hectares of productive land are lost each year due to desertification and drought, resulting in a further loss of 20 million tons of grain that could have been grown. Every year the international community marks 17 June as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to raise awareness of this global threat.  …  

17 Jun 2015 | News story

Discussing how different tools can increase climate change resilience on the ground

MEDCOP 21, Driving a new type of change?

Discussing impacts of climate change on ‪‎Mediterranean‬ countries, as a pre-step before Paris ‪‎COP21‬.
IUCN ROWA was able to showcase how participatory tools can help acheive ‪‎Hima‬ and increased ‪‎climate change‬ resilience in local communities around the region in France during the MEDCOP 21. …  

15 Jun 2015 | Article

Fida Haddad - presenting

A roadmap to strengthening the use of sustainability indicators for forests and rangelands

In response to many regional challenges; FAO (Regional Office for the Near East) and its Forestry Department in Rome, in collaboration with IUCN ROWA and ICARDA met to propose and elaborate a set of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems for the NENA Region. …  

14 Jun 2015 | Article

Wadi Eh Hitan - Excavation site - 2015

First intact fossil of prehistoric whale discovered in Wadi Al-Hitan

The world’s only intact fossil of an early whale – the Basilosaurus dating about 40 million years ago – has been uncovered during a new excavation at Wadi Al-Hitan, a natural World Heritage site in Egypt. The discovery reveals for the first time the creature’s complete skeleton and includes fossilised remains of other sea creatures inside its stomach.   …  

10 Jun 2015 | Article