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World Biodiversity Day 2013

Conserving the Diversity of Life - International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22nd has been declared the International Day for Biological Diversity to highlight why we need to stop the biodiversity loss if we were to sustain life on Earth …  

22 May 2013 | International news release

Fishermen unloading fish, Mauritania

Coming soon: Guidelines to engage contributors and users in IPBES

Engaging the most relevant experts in the IPBES work is one of the greatest challenges that this new platform is facing. Following the invitation from the IPBES State Members, IUCN and the International Council for Science (ICSU) are proposing a strategy to ensure appropriate stakeholder involvement in line with the IPBES purposes and principles. …  

21 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

Geneva, park.

European Commission launches strategy on green infrastructure

The European Commission has adopted a new strategy for encouraging the use of green infrastructure, and for ensuring that the enhancement of natural processes becomes a systematic part of spatial planning. Green infrastructure uses nature to provide ecological, economic and social benefits. Instead of building flood protection infrastructure, for example, a green infrastructure solution would be to allow a natural wetland to absorb the excess water from heavy rain.   …  

07 May 2013 | News story
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6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference

Supporting the Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity

Just a couple of weeks ago, representatives and stakeholders from the 55 countries in Pan-Europe have met to discuss the implementation of biodiversity policies and conservation actions in the region, in particular following the Pan-European Strategy adopted in 2011. IUCN, present at the event, will strive to actively support the implementation process.   …  

01 May 2013 | News story
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Geneva

Biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable towns and cities

The rapid expansion of cities is putting nature and the resources it provides at risk. Yet nature can help urban planners to make cities more sustainable and reduce costs, while improving the well-being of their citizens.  …  

23 Apr 2013 | News story

Irrigation of food crops

Your questions answered: Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Following the launch of the 'Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions', a Question & Answer overview on the initiative is now available. …  

09 Apr 2013 | News story
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An Ecosystem Approach to
Management of Seamounts in
the Southern Indian Ocean

An Ecosystem Approach to Management of Seamounts in the Southern Indian Ocean

Within the framework of an IUCN/GEF/UNDP Southern Indian Ocean (SIO) Project, IUCN organized in Rome, on 16–17 July 2012, a Management Workshop on conservation and management measures applicable to high seas areas in the SIO. The objectives were to: (i) define the different elements of a governance plan for the region (specific objectives, actors, actions required for its implementation); and (ii) discuss ways towards achieving an operational management plan for the SIO (develop considerations for an ecosystem approach, identify options for monitoring, control and surveillance, etc.). …  

05 Apr 2013 | Downloads - publication

Luc Bas

New Director at IUCN Brussels Office

Luc Bas will be taking up the position of Director of IUCN European Union Representative Office in Brussels from 1 May 2013.  …  

29 Mar 2013 | News story
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Mark Smith, IUCN Director Global Water Programme

World Water Day, by Mark Smith

Blog article by Mark Smith. "World Water Day is like any themed global day: it’s not really to ‘celebrate’ water, it’s about getting people to pay attention and decide they’re going to take action to solve water problems." …  

22 Mar 2013 | News story