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Little River Valley, Nattai NP

Home to a living fossil, the Wollemi pine - a relic from the time of the dinosaurs

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Australia …  

06 Dec 2010 | Fact sheet

Deforestation and land degradation in Tsorona, Eritrea

Bring back lost and degraded forests, says IUCN

Preliminary analysis shows that an estimated 1.5 billion hectares of the world’s lost and degraded forests, an area almost the size of Russia, could be restored. This is the result of the latest global research, which now needs to be expanded at a national level to identify specific on the ground opportunities, says IUCN.   …  

04 Dec 2010 | International news release

Forest dwelling children

'Lives of the Forest'

'Lives of the Forest' is a new video created by indigenous activists from across the Asia Pacific region exploring the likely impacts of the UN's REDD programme on indigenous resources and lifestyles.  It was created during a participatory video facilitator training in Ifugao (Philippines) by representatives of 15 distinct indigenous communities from 8 different countries. …  

03 Dec 2010 | Downloads - document
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Roberto Zolho

Women adapting to climate change in Mozambique

Through its Climate Change and Development Project (CCDP), IUCN is working to develop adaptation measures which will sustainably safeguard local livelihoods and natural habitats. …  

02 Dec 2010 | Video

IUCN spokesperson Carole Saint Laurent speaking at the 'women in REDD' event, UNFCCC Cancun

Women in REDD critical for climate action

Cancun, Mexico. Women must be included in all international efforts to save the world’s remaining forests and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17%, according to IUCN. …   | Spanish

02 Dec 2010 | IUCN statement

Rhône Glacier, Valais, Switzerland

Confidence needs to be restored urgently at the UN climate change talks in Cancun

Governments must restore confidence in the negotiation process of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by increasing climate funding and ensuring natural solutions are part of the post-2012 regime, says IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

29 Nov 2010 | IUCN statement

Equator province forest governance network meeting.

Multi-stakeholder dialogues in IUCN's work on forest governance

IUCN supports multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) in forest governance reform as a means, first, to widen the source of knowledge and ideas for tackling a problem, and second, to build the support and capacity for collective action needed to implement reforms effectively. Dialogue is also valuable in itself, particularly if it gives a voice to vulnerable or marginalised social groups often excluded from policy and decision making. …  

26 Nov 2010 | Article

Signature de l'accord

Conseil des Ministres de la COMIFAC : Une position commune adoptée pour Cancun

La 6ème session ordinaire du Conseil des Ministres de la Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale qui s’est tenue du 10 au 11 novembre 2010 à Kinshasa en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sous le haut patronage du Président de la République du Congo. Les échanges ont porté sur l’état des lieux de l’harmonisation des politiques forestières en Afrique Centrale, le projet de budget biennal 2011-2012, le document de stratégie des pays de l’espace COMIFAC relatif à l’Accès aux ressources biologiques/génétiques et au Partage juste et équitable des avantages découlant de leur utilisation (APA) et l’attribution de crédits carbone. …  

21 Nov 2010 | News story
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Climate Change

No time for crisis in climate change confidence

Two weeks ahead of the UN climate summit in Cancun, IUCN calls on policy-makers to restore confidence in the negotiation process, increase climate funding and ensure that natural solutions are part of a post-2012 regime. Adaptation, finance and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) are some of the key issues on the table of the 194-nation talks, starting at the end of November.   …   | French | Spanish

16 Nov 2010 | IUCN statement

Vietnam's forests are an important store of carbon for the REDD market

REDD in Vietnam: issues, opportunities, and linkages

Forest loss and degradation are responsible for about one-sixth of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire transport sector. It is not only a major contributor to global warming but there is evidence that it’s possible to put a price on standing forest that makes conservation the economically rationale land use. In technical terms, there are large areas of forest where the price-elasticity of supply is high, meaning that decisions about whether to keep or clear forest are highly responsive to its price. …   | Vietnamese

03 Nov 2010 | News story


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