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Improving lives and protecting biodiversity in Guatemela
Central America is rich in natural and cultural diversity. But this ‘bio-cultural’ wealth is a stark contrast to the poor management of the region’s ecosystems, economic and social inequalities and some of the worlds’s highest rates of deforestation. As a response, IUCN is working through its Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy (LLS) to sustain the flow of goods and services from forest landscapes for the benefit of local people and biodiversity. In Guatemala, LLS is underway at two sites, Lachua and Tacanà. This nine-minute video describes these two projects and the impact they are having.
The movie is currently in Spanish, but a version with English subtitles will be available soon on this site.
26 Feb 2010 | Video
Million-dollar boost to the people and biodiversity of West Africa
An IUCN initiative that works to improve the livelihoods of people in West Africa has received a major boost in the form of a CHF 1.9 million grant from Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). …
24 Feb 2010 | News story
Biodiversity: My hotel in action - the video
A video designed to make the hotel industry more aware of the importance of biodiversity has been launched by IUCN, in partnership with Accor, the European leader in hotels. …
23 Feb 2010 | News story
World's most endangered primates revealed
Mankind’s closest living relatives – the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates – are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures according to Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008–2010. … | Spanish
18 Feb 2010 | News story
Beating back biofuel crop invasions
The risk of biofuel crops becoming invasive and outcompeting native species is increasing as more advanced crops are planted. This can be managed to reduce the impact on local livelihoods and the environment, according to a report by IUCN. …
18 Feb 2010 | News story
IUCN statement on IPCC science
"Recent weeks have witnessed several attempts at international fora and in the media to question the science of climate change and to cast doubts on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which have been produced and endorsed by a very large body of the world's foremost scientists. Some of these have even included personal attacks on the leadership of IPCC. …
08 Feb 2010 | News story
New book celebrates aquatic life in Africa’s Okavango Delta
IUCN and its partners unveiled a stunning new book this week that features one of the most globally-important and species-rich wetlands, the Okavango Delta, world-renowned for its unique ecological and economic role in southern Africa. …
04 Feb 2010 | News story
Trondheim conference calls for new biodiversity targets
High level IUCN representatives are among the keynote speakers at the Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity which opens today in Norway. …
01 Feb 2010 | News story
Impact of nature’s invading aliens measured for first time
Invasive Alien Species, ranging from disease and plants, to rats and goats, are one of the top three threats to life on this planet, according to a new publication coordinated by the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), of which IUCN is a partner.
Most countries have made international commitments to tackle this threat, but only half have introduced relevant legislation and even fewer are taking adequate action on the ground.
22 Jan 2010 | International news release
Aires protégées – des solutions naturelles à la crise du changement climatique
Les aires protégées offrent une solution rentable pour lutter contre les effets des changements climatiques, selon une étude de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), The Nature Conservancy, le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD), la Banque mondiale, et le WWF. Les principaux faits et chiffres, ainsi que les conclusions de cette étude sont à présent disponibles en français.
21 Jan 2010 | International news release