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Tropical rainforest in Borneo, Malaysia rehabilitated by Face the Future

IUCN Congress fully offset

IUCN has fully offset the greenhouse gas emissions arising from the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which took place last September in Jeju, Republic of Korea. …  

18 Feb 2013 | News story

Floating market

A recipe linking nature and people

Have you ever wondered how to represent the links between nature and people in a simple way to facilitate decision making? A diverse group of experts share their tips in addressing this very challenge and suggest possible ingredients of such a representation. The hope is that this 'recipe' will help the work of the top new nature platform (IPBES) in relating biodiversity and its benefits to human well-being, sustainability and conservation. …  

25 Jan 2013 | News story

Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Landscape restoration movement approaches 50 million hectares with El Salvador and Costa Rica commitments

Doha, Qatar, 6 December, 2012 (IUCN) -- The global movement to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 – known as the “Bonn Challenge” – gains further momentum at the UN Climate Talks in Doha today, as Costa Rica and El Salvador each commit up to1 million hectares. The 50 million hectare mark – or one third of the target – is now within reach, amid broad acknowledgement that the largest restoration initiative in history is truly underway. …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2012 | International news release

Borjomi forest

How do Georgians depend on forests?

A Forest Landscape Restoration project in three pilot areas in Georgia reveals that villages in higher altitude tend to depend more on forest products. The project was started in January 2012 by IUCN and is funded by the German International Cooperation, GIZ.   …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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 Poul Engberg-Pedersen and  Michel Mordasini, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

CHF9 million partnership for nature conservation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN today signed a four-year Framework Agreement to support IUCN’s newly-adopted Programme 2013-2016. …  

27 Nov 2012 | News story

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

Turn commitments into action in Doha, says IUCN

The great potential of nature as a cost-effective and no-regret solution to the climate challenge should be one of the central issues of the Doha debate according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

26 Nov 2012 | IUCN statement

Hon. Mike Hammah and Prof. Aimé Nianogo

IUCN Ghana Country Agreement Signed and Received

The IUCN Ghana country agreement has been signed. The agreement was officially presented to IUCN on 13th November, 2012 in Accra, by the Chief Director of the Ministry of lands and natural resources, Prof. Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo, on behalf of the sector minister. Prof. Aimé Nianogo, Regional Director for IUCN-PACO Regional Programme, received the agreement on behalf of IUCN and the Director General, Julia Marton-Lefevre. …  

19 Nov 2012 | News story

Stakeholders and Government of Ghana

Launch of Ghana Gender and REDD-plus Road Map

The Ghana Gender and REDD-plus Road Map which was developed through a series of stakeholder engagements in late 2011, as part of IUCN’s ongoing DANIDA funded Pro-Poor REDD project, has been officially launched in Accra. The road map was launched by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) on behalf of the Honourable Minister, and took place at the Alisa Hotel, Accra on 13th November, 2012. …  

19 Nov 2012 | News story

Anjona, 13, lost her home to the rising sea in the Sunderbans, India

UN Biodiversity talks move forward but nature needs more

Hyderabad, India, 20 October 2012 – Despite good progress towards achieving the 2020 targets to halt the loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on earth - says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

20 Oct 2012 | International news release

Baby wildcat

The largest forest corridor network in Central Europe takes a huge step forward

The environmental organization BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) is advancing the connectivity of German forests. Within its large-scale project “Safety Net for the European Wildcat” BUND will implement six new migration corridors in order to reconnect isolated forest patches. The overall aim of the project is the restoration of a nationwide network of forest habitats with a total length of 20,000 kilometers.  …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story
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