Cameron logging road

Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Landscapes and Livelihoods drawing

Getting the message across

Art is one of the most cross-cultural communications tools, writes Kristen Carusos on day three of Asia-Pacific Forest Week. The day started with a mesmerizing sand painting performance by Zhang Xiaoyu, who drew scenes of natural landscapes by sprinkling and moving sand on a light box with her bare hands. …  

10 Nov 2011 | News story

Southern White Rhino subspecies (Ceratotherium simum simum) Dr Richard Emslie

Another leap towards the Barometer of Life

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of information in order to obtain a better picture of the state of biodiversity. With now more than 61,900 species reviewed, another big step forward has been made toward developing the IUCN Red List into a true ‘Barometer of Life,’ as called for by leading experts in the magazine Science in 2010. …   | French | Spanish

10 Nov 2011 | International news release

Transporting timber logged from a forest located on the border with Laos.

Addressing illegal logging

During the ‘New Challenges and New Opportunities towards Green Business’ session, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) described the advantages and incentives for green finance and investment, writes Kristen Carusos from the Asia-Pacific Forest Week. …  

09 Nov 2011 | News story
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Epiphyte of Borneo

Charting a new course for Asia-Pacific forests

“Every seed is a dream, waiting to be fulfilled. Every tree is a reality… Every forest is a community, joining together to stand as one.” This extract from Randell Terre Aranza’s winning essay in the Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) writing competition sums up the spirt of the event, writes Kristen Carusos, of IUCN's China office. …  

08 Nov 2011 | News story
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Principios y práctica de la restauración del paisaje forestal

Principios y práctica de la restauración del paisaje forestal : estudios de caso en las zonas secas de América Latina

Principios y práctica de la restauración del paisaje forestal : estudios de caso en las zonas secas de América Latina …  

03 Nov 2011 | Downloads - publication

Cover of arborvitae Issue 44

arborvitae Issue 44 - Forests: a legal challenge

  • Where there is no title: Security of tenure is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for trust and confidence about future benefits.
  • Feature: Customary laws can have a significant influence on access to – and use of – land and forests in many countries.
  • Tigers or tribals: The rules set down in the law certainly fall short of expectations and make its implementation difficult.
 

31 Oct 2011 | Downloads - publication

Sahavat Huseynov, member of the "Green Patrol"

Young Green Patrols in action: “By protecting trees we protect our future”

School-based forest units: the tradition existed in Azerbaijan before, now it’s time to restore it and to make it fi t the contemporary environment. So far, children have been sensitised to forest protection thanks to the efforts of the Centre of Environmental Education in Baku. Now, a European-supported initiative is aiming to extend their work and to create school-based teams of ‘Young Foresters’. Because the necessity to prevent deforestation and to expand the green topsoil is today a priority in the country, which cannot be met without increasing the population’s environmental education. …  

27 Oct 2011 | News story

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Establishing IPBES: Deadlines are set, work in progress

Significant progress in shaping the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has recently been achieved. What is the vision and involvement of IUCN? Find out in the interview with Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. …  

21 Oct 2011 | Article

Border Range National Park

Where Australia Wakes Up!

Parks of the Tweed Caldera, Australia …  

20 Oct 2011 | Fact sheet
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Representatives from Civil Society in Cameroon take part in a five day workshop on Gender and REDD+

Women provide input for the progression of Cameroon’s REDD+ process

Yaounde, September 28: A five day workshop was organised for representatives from government and Civil Society in Cameroon on the mainstreaming of gender in the country’s strategy for the implementation of ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD+). The meetings took place from 19 till 23 September and were organised by IUCN and the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) in the context of the on-going implementation of IUCN’s Pro-Poor REDD+ Project in Cameroon. …  

29 Sep 2011 | News story
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