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Celebrate World Environment Day - secure nature’s food supply

To mark the food theme of this year’s World Environment Day: ‘Think. Eat. Save’ IUCN urges policy makers to pay greater attention to the role nature plays in boosting global food security. …  

05 Jun 2013 | Article

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IUCN’s partner UPM wins Ecolabel award

UPM-Kymmene Corporation, a large pulp and paper manufacturing and timber company based in Finland, has won the EU Ecolabel Award in the Manufacturers category.   …  

31 May 2013 | News story
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Destruction left by tropical storm Stan in Mexico

From risk to opportunity: reducing the risk of disasters the natural way

Healthy ecosystems and sound environmental management can go a long way in protecting people from disasters. But this fact is not yet widely appreciated among the many parties responsible for reducing the risk of disasters and responding to them once they happen. …  

19 May 2013 | News story

Floating food market in Thailand

Food Security: making the ecosystem connections

Worldwide, 870 million people go hungry every day. With the world population projected to exceed nine billion people by 2050, global agricultural output must expand by an estimated 60% to meet global food needs. …  

16 May 2013 | News story

A timber lorry in Kongo village, Cameroon

IUCN signs new partnership for better forests

IUCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux ( ATIBT) – a key player in the tropical timber industry specialized in sustainable forestry, local processing of timber and forest certification schemes. …  

08 May 2013 | News story

Rhysodes sulcatus, Annex II Habitats Directive

Turnicki National Park – Future pearl of Polish nature

The Natural Heritage Foundation, an IUCN Member, plays a key role in developing the protected areas network in the Carpathians. It supports the creation of the Turnicki National Park in the Polish Carpathians and works actively to conserve the biodiversity of this area. …  

16 Apr 2013 | Article

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Restoring forest landscapes around the world: new videos show the way

IUCN experts attending the 10th United Nations Forum on Forests this week are showcasing how countries can restore forests and generate many benefits for people, nature and the economy. …  

10 Apr 2013 | Article

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Against All Odds

Daily news reports of poaching to fuel the international trade in rhino horn seem to paint a bleak future for many of the five rhinoceros species all listed as threatened by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It seems the pressure of hunting could crush this pachyderm’s prospects for survival. But there is hope and SOS is proud to be part of the solution that can deliver meaningful and measurable conservation impacts on the ground. …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

Honouring forest heroes and champions

Five seemingly ordinary people who have done extraordinary work for their communities and forests are being recognized as 'Forest Heroes' at a special 'Forests for People' ceremony taking place today in Istanbul. The awards are being presented as 197 member States meet at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). …  

10 Apr 2013 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

Join the International Day of Forests celebrations by planting your pledge for action!

More than 1.6 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihoods, not just for food but also for fuel, livestock grazing and for medicine. …  

21 Mar 2013 | News story


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