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New study to help businesses address their impacts on nature

As the business community begins to embrace ecosystems and biodiversity as key components of commercial success, a ground-breaking report from the major study of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is being published by Earthscan today. …  

15 Dec 2011 | News story

Boy with Rice and Fish in the Tsitongambarika forest

Protecting nature makes sense: IUCN and Rio Tinto assess conservation’s costs and benefits

A new study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) finds that by financing the restoration or protection of natural areas, companies can offset the negative impacts of their operations and generate significant economic benefits, but the needs of local communities must be properly addressed. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2011 | News story

Masaai boy herding goats, Olbil, Tanzania

Climate awareness at 30,000 feet: IUCN and South African Airways team up

Africa’s most awarded airline, South African Airways, and the world’s largest environmental union, IUCN, have teamed up to launch a unique climate change awareness campaign to coincide with the start of the UN’s Climate Change Summit in Durban. …  

02 Dec 2011 | News story

Couverture

Sharing water, sharing benefits: lessons on dams from West Africa

More than 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the past 50 years. Many more are in the planning to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. But how can these developments rime with environmental sustainability and participatory processes? …   | French

29 Nov 2011 | News story

Pioneering Water Solutions in Urbanising Areas, Kuala Lumpur, 21-24 November

River basins as urban water infrastructure at the IWA congress

As more than 700 international water experts gather in Kuala Lumpur for the IWA congress, IUCN shifts the focus from cities to their basins, and the key role natural infrastructure plays in the expansion of urban centres worldwide. …  

23 Nov 2011 | News story

Green business

How to help business become greener?

The impact of the private sector on the environment can be very detrimental. Getting companies on board with conservation organisations is crucial to try and reduce this impact and improve the status of species and habitats in Europe. A number of initiatives have been developed to help businesses become greener. A comprehensive European accreditation scheme for companies is now being discussed. …  

04 Nov 2011 | News story

vallée Sourou

The Sourou Valley: Yesterday and Tomorrow

The Sourou Valley, a wetlands region in the north of Burkina Faso, was for a time considered a breadbasket for the country. However, an IUCN economic valuation study of the region's ecosystem services overturned this idea. …   | French

28 Sep 2011 | News story

Panellists discussing at roundtables, on topic of green growth for the 6th World Water Forum

Water and Green Growth: Examining the Links at World Water Week

Water is integral to economic development. Likewise, ecosystem services -and the value they deliver to the economy- depend on water. But, what options for water are ‘green’? …  

26 Aug 2011 | News story

IUCN/Mark Smith

World Water Week: Nature turns on the tap

How do we ensure safe access to water and sanitation for the planet’s growing urban population? This question will be discussed at the World Water Week from 21-27 August in Stockholm. The theme this year is ‘Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World’. IUCN’s answer comes from nature itself. …  

21 Aug 2011 | News story

Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Increased protection urgently needed for tunas

For the first time, all species of scombrids (tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels) and billfishes (swordfish and marlins) have been assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 61 known species, seven are classified in a threatened category, being at serious risk of extinction. Four species are listed as Near Threatened and nearly two-thirds have been placed in the Least Concern category. …   | French | Spanish

07 Jul 2011 | International news release