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Healthy ecosystems produce goods and services that provide livelihoods for people and the potential for economic development. These include fresh water, agricultural productivity, fisheries, forest products, energy and protection from natural hazards. But when human activity degrades the environment, these goods and services decline, hampering economic and social development and leaving rural, marginalized communities more vulnerable.

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Workshop on Gender and Climate Change – Towards a Gender Plan of Action in Climate Change in Jordan

Jordan first Arab country to mainstream gender in climate change policy

Amman, Jordan – 2 November 2010. Water scarcity is one of the major challenges affecting the Arab region as a direct result of the impacts of climate change. Jordan was one of the first developing countries to respond to this challenge by signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). …  

02 Nov 2010 | International news release

Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving nature and culture

It’s in our hands: New book on our relationship with nature launched

A new book, Sacred Natural Sites: Conserving nature and culture, is being launched by IUCN today at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Nagoya, Japan. The launch is part of an event organized through a collaboration between ETC-COMPAS and IUCN and is dedicated to promoting sacred natural sites and their crucial role in conserving nature and culture. The book is based on experience from around the world which highlights the importance of sacred natural sites in biodiversity conservation and the long-standing relationships between nature and people. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story

A sacred forest of a Christian community in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

When nature and people are one

As conservationists tear their hair out over the growing extinction rates of plants and animals, climate change effects and unsustainable development, there’s one forgotten element of the diversity of life that also urgently calls for their attention: the diversity of human cultures. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Women pressing palm oil, Ghana

Environment and gender equality: the keys to achieving Millennium Development Goals

Achieving gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is expected to be one of the major conclusions of world leaders and development experts at the 2010 Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, to be held this week at the UN Headquarters in New York. …  

20 Sep 2010 | International news release

Better forests, better water, better lives

 

08 Sep 2010 | Downloads - document

Interactive Portal on Rights Based Approaches to Conservation

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) - with the support of the IUCN Senior Adviser for Social Policy, as well as individual members of the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) - has launched an interactive, web-based “Rights-Based Approach to Conservation Portal” to promote and encourage rights-based approaches to conservation (RBAs to Conservation). …  

07 Sep 2010 | News story
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Interactive Portal on Rights Based Approaches to Conservation

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) - with the support of the IUCN Senior Adviser for Social Policy, as well as individual members of the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) - has launched an interactive, web-based “Rights-Based Approach to Conservation Portal” to promote and encourage rights-based approaches to conservation (RBAs to Conservation). …  

07 Sep 2010 | News story

Women in Ohiamatu Simpa, Ghana, discussing the future of their landscape

Listening, talking and working together to manage Ghana’s forests

Multi-stakeholder dialogues, or MSDs, are a useful way of bringing together different interest groups towards the common goal of sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. When IUCN first started working to reduce illegal logging in Ghana in 2005, it realized that none of the groups concerned were speaking to each other. IUCN brought the government, civil society, the private sector and the forest communities to the same table for the first time and has been having success ever since, in reducing conflicts, enabling sustainable natural resource management and improving local livelihoods in Ghanaian forested landscapes. Wild Talk speaks to Wale Adeleke, IUCN REDD Project Coordinator in Ghana, to learn more. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio

protected area, papua new guinea

A model for community conservation

Tavolo Wildlife Management Area: Papua New Guinea …  

18 Aug 2010 | Fact sheet

Maasai women taking part in vulnerability assessment, Chambogo Same District, Tanzania

Empowering people to manage water

Across East Africa, water catchment planning and development at the local level is essential for sustainable and integrated water management in the region. "It is at the local level that the opportunity for involvement of all stakeholders, including non-state actors, in water resources management exists", says Katharine Cross, IUCN Water Programme Officer. …  

17 Aug 2010 | News story


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