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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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IUCN provides input to the EC’s consultation on indirect effects of biofuels

After consultation with various internal and external networks, IUCN submitted its response to the European Commission’s consultation on indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts of biofuels. …  

01 Nov 2010 | News story
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Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth

Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) have approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s biodiversity and take urgent action to save and restore nature; an agreed new protocol on access and benefit sharing; and have pledged some serious new resources to bring the agreements to life. …   | Spanish

29 Oct 2010 | International news release

Juliane von Mittelstaedt, joint winner of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting

Prize Goes to Forests in Madagascar and Brazil

The 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting goes to Anjali Nayar and Juliane von Mittelstaedt for their articles on saving the forests in Madagascar and Brazil. …   | French | Spanish

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Eichhornia crassipes (Pontederiaceae), one of the worst Invasive Alien Species

Plant conservation progress in Asia

A new report from IUCN suggests that combining conservation, using plant diversity sustainably with a focus on poverty alleviation should be the future strategy for plant conservation in Asia. It emphasizes that the sustainable use of plants should be integrated in development plans, and climate change adaption and regional cooperation are also vital components for conserving plant diversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Coral reefs 5, Koh Bon island, Thailand

TEEB explained

Recognizing, measuring and capturing the value of nature – the goods and services it provides us such as water, food, medicine, fuel or building materials - is a high on the agenda of the Nagoya CBD conference. TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), which launched its three-year study during the meeting, is trying to make an economic case for biodiversity conservation, showing why it is important to the economy.Joshua Bishop, the TEEB for Business report coordinator and Chief Economist of IUCN, explains how TEEB puts a price to nature. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

What has gender got to do with biodiversity?

Gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is the aim of gender mainstreaming, which focuses on shifting the existing power relationships, and bringing the roles and needs of women and men high on the development agenda. …  

25 Oct 2010 | News story

Tree Planting in Doi Mae Salong

When the army does conservation – doing it differently in Thailand

Thailand’s armed forces are involved in an uncharacteristic activity—a major conservation program in cooperation with the local community. Bob Fisher and Tawatchai Rattnasorn report. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

IUCN has published a new report on forest governance structures, systems and stakeholders in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Developing Sub-ToC M&E with communities in Kayanza landscape, Burundi

Lessons from implementing a theory of change M&E system in the Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy initiative

This paper reflects on the potential of applying the 'theory of change' as a useful tool in participatory monitoring and self-evaluation in livelihoods and landscapes strategies. 

14 Oct 2010 | Downloads - document

Planted forest landscape, Brazil

Mitigating the impacts of biofuel production

IUCN and Shell are working with a wide range of stakeholders to gain a shared understanding of how to mitigate the impacts of biofuel production caused by indirect land use change. …  

12 Oct 2010 | News story
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