News and reports from the World Conservation Congress

Wild garlic

Go Wild!

More than 400,000 tonnes of medicinal and aromatic plants are traded annually, with around 80 percent of species harvested from the wild. Almost 3,000 species are traded, many of them over-exploited and in danger of extinction through over-collection and habitat loss. …  

09 Oct 2008 | News story

Masoumeh Ebtekar (Vicepresidenta Medio Ambiente de Iran)

Spiritual conservation

The forum’s last sustainabilty dialoge explored how religious and spiritual traditions support conservation. …  

09 Oct 2008 | News story

Powerful people on a quest for environmental solutions

The powerful on a quest for environmental solutions

Prince Turki Bin Nasser, President of Meteorology and the Environment of Saudi Arabia hosted a three-hour infomal get together of decision-makers, leading environmentalists and philatropists. …  

09 Oct 2008 | Video

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

All hands on deck

With 2010 just around the corner, the global target to significantly reduce biodiversity loss seems elusive. It's now time to think about a renewed global framework and ways to better measure progress. But let's not forget the current target says Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The target is still on the table at the highest level; last year, the G8+5 countries promised to increase their efforts. …  

09 Oct 2008 | Video


Sailing for our seas

The message for the conservation of our seas continues onboard the boats bidding farewell to the World Conservation Congress. …   | Spanish

09 Oct 2008 | News story

Antinea foundation 

What is the real state of our oceans?

The Swiss based Antinea foundation embarks on a ten year expedition to asses the state of our seas. …  

09 Oct 2008 | Video

Jonathan Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation

Philanthropy in action

Private grant-making foundations have a significant role to play in conservation and are increasingly partnering with environmental organisations. Jonathan Fanton, President of one of the largest, the MacArthur Foundation, explains how it plans to target its latest $50 million commitment to biodiversity conservation. …  

09 Oct 2008 | Video

Gonzalo Oviedo

Power to the people

There is increasing understanding about the links between conservation and poverty reduction-how the livelihoods of millions of the rural poor depend on healthy ecosystems. The challenge is putting this understanding into practice, involving local people in decisions about, and management of the natural resources on which they depend. Gonzalo Oviedo explains some of the issues and what's needed to address them.  …  

09 Oct 2008 | Video

Dolphin, near the Azores

High seas gems in the spotlight

Today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, a joint initiative has been launched to highlight special places in the least protected place on Earth: the high seas. The centerpiece of which is a brochure showcasing 10 “gems” of the high seas. …  

09 Oct 2008 | International news release

Evening News Oct 08, 2008

Evening News Oct 8

What is the real state of our oceans? How can we support families of rangers who lose their lives while saving our parks? How can we work with Africa to sustain their natural resources? these and other key issues were discussed today at the iucn congress. …  

08 Oct 2008 | Video

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