News and reports from the World Conservation Congress

Massoumeh Ebtekar, Director of Peace and Environment Centre

Massoumeh Ebtekar, Director of Peace and Environment Centre

Iran's first woman vice-president after the Islamic revolution, Dr Massoumeh Ebtekar, is currently running the centre for peace and the environment in Teheran. She studies the interlinkageas between peace and conservation and spirituality and conservation, two emerging key issues at Ion's World Conservation Congress. …  

08 Oct 2008 | Video

Nariman Othman, Minister of the Environment of Iraq

War-torn Iraq on the road of environmental recovery

In a country devastated by wars during the past three decades, convincing government and international bodies to invest in environmental reconstruction is not an easy job. Nariman Othman, Minister of the Environment of Iraq talks about the challenges and enormous opportunities ached of her country if peace is to be maintained. Becoming an active member of RAMSAR and IUCN is indispensable for Iraq, she says. …  

08 Oct 2008 | Video

Jessica Eriyo, Minister of State for Environment and Water, Uganda

African ministers look for a sustainable future

African environment ministers gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress today for an open and honest discussion about the future of sustainability in Africa and the role IUCN will play. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Maria Blair, Associate Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation

Poverty and the climate crisis

Last year the Rockefeller Foundation launched a $70 million initiative to help poor communities prepare for and recover from the global climate crisis' impacts. Maria Blair, Associate Vice President of the Foundation talks to IUCN web TV about the links between development and climate change and the real urgencies ahead of us. The rule of law and the technical innovations are sometimes just not enough. …  

08 Oct 2008 | Video

A flooded reservoir in Mexico

Water and climate change adaptation

Climate change and its consequences, ranging from increasingly destructive storms to rising sea levels, have become prominent features in the international news. …  

08 Oct 2008 | International news release

Nalini Nadkarni, Faculty Member in the Evergreen State College

The strange power of moss for redeeming prisoners

The connection between moss and the rehabilitation of prisoners may not be obvious, but it is the starting point for an innovative conservation outreach project in Washington State, USA. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Sustainability Dialogue "Green Construction for Sustainable Living"

Go green through energy efficient buildings

Buildings are responsible for at least 40 percent of energy use in developing countries. As the construction industry booms, the figure is rising fast. Leading global companies have teamed up to act now because buildings can make a major contribution to tackle climate change and energy use. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

UNDP Equator Initiative

The movers and shakers

It seems the old ways are always the best. The Equator Prize, announced during a ceremony at the Congress, recognizes the work of communities who are conserving biodiversity and generating income through traditional methods. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Bleached coral head, Bahamas.

Climate change: pushing species to the brink

Thirty-five percent of the world’s birds, 52 percent of amphibians and 71 percent of warm-water reef-building corals are likely to be particularly susceptible to climate change, the first results of an IUCN study have revealed. …   | French

08 Oct 2008 | International news release

A river in Los Katios National Park, Colombia 
by Jim Thorsell, January 1994

International consensus on forests’ vital role in fighting climate change

The world’s forests have immense potential to lessen the impacts of climate change, but if this opportunity is going to be realized, unified global action is now required, according to a remarkable alliance of international forest leaders. …  

08 Oct 2008 | International news release

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