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Support pours in for Kwa-Zulu Natal's Rhino Skydive

From pensioners giving their precious R10, to donations of luxury accommodation and the gift of a life-size fibre-glass rhino, support for the world-first Skydive for Rhinos is pouring in from the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) public and business communities.The organisers of what ‘should’ have been a staff-based effort to personally raise funds from friends and family for rhinos under threat from organised poaching syndicates, are astonished by the torrent of support this KZN initiative is receiving. …  

04 Aug 2011 | News story
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Soko springs, Pangani Basin

IUCN Pangani project: case study in TEEB report

The Pangani River Basin Management Project, implemented by IUCN and partners, has recently been included as a case study in the TEEB report. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study is a major international initiative drawing attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity. …  

04 Aug 2011 | News story

Call for Chair and Members of New CEESP/CEL Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws & Human Rights (SPICEH)

Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws & Human Rights (SPICEH) The Chairs of CEESP and CEL seek nominations for the position of  SPICEH Chair (or two Co-Chairs) as well as new members. Candidates for the Chair(s) should preferably be familiar with both CEESP and CEL, and be committed to working cross-sectorally across different disciplines. …  

04 Aug 2011 | News story
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Whakatane Assessments are moving ahead

The IUCN and CEESP, in partnership with indigenous peoples’ organisations (IPOs) and the Forest Peoples Programme,  will soon pilot rights-based assessments of protected areas called the “Whakatane Assessments”. The agreement between indigenous peoples’ representatives, chairs of IUCN Commissions, conservation organizations and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) that lead to the design of these assessments, as well as a number of other key decisions regarding indigenous peoples’ rights, was described in the last CEESP Newsletter. …  

04 Aug 2011 | News story
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Participants during training.

Huge demand for enforcement training in the Pacific

There is a huge demand for training in the policing of environmental legislations across the Pacific region. This was the popular feedback from participants and partners of the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training Course as it concluded on July 22, 2011 in Fiji. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Update from the Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI)

TEMTI Chair Alejandro Nadal provides an insight into TEMTI's approach to sustainability and economics. TEMTI is a working group of the Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policies (CEESP). Its core mandate is to provide practical and enabling information, as well as relevant policy options on issues lying at the intersection between economics and environmental and social sustainability. The objective is to enhance and maintain the capacity of CEESP’s members and of the entire Union to address matters related to economic issues and policies that affect sustainability at the local, national and international levels. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Rethinking Macroeconomics for Sustainability by Alejandro Nadal

Rethinking Macroeconomics of Sustainability explores the relationship between macroeconomic policies and environmental sustainability, arguing that monetary and fiscal policies are as important for environmental stewardship as they are for growth and prosperity -- something that has not been adequately recognized this far. CEESP Steering Committee member Alejando Nadal's new publication has been receiving critical acclaim. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story

IUCN and Rio Tinto working together towards transformative change in the mining sector

In 2010, IUCN and Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining and mineral exploration companies, signed a three year collaborative agreement which aims to support Rio Tinto in making transformative progress towards sustainable development and environmental management.  The primary work stream is focused on collaborative agreement of standards and metrics for the independent and scientifically-credible assessment of Rio Tinto’s self-imposed target of having a Net Positive Impact (NPI) on biodiversity. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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The meeting gathered representatives from indigenous and conservation organizations members of IUCN, Secretariat staff and Commission members.

IUCN Members Meeting on Indigenous Peoples during UNPFII

In the context of the 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, May 2011, an IUCN meeting was held with representatives from indigenous and conservation organizations members of IUCN, Secretariat staff and Commission members attending the Forum. This gathering was aimed at seeking ways and possibilities to strengthen the involvement of indigenous peoples' organizations in IUCN’s work and explore options for a better integration of indigenous peoples issues into the IUCN programme, with particular attention to the planning of the next quadriennial programme 2013-16.  Another topic of importance was the process towards the next IUCN Congress (WCC5) in 2012 in order to foster indigenous participation. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Assessment

Since 2009, the IPCCCA has grown into a global network of indigenous organizations and communities collaborating in order to build appropriate responses to the challenge of climate change. On the ground nine local biocultural assessments of climate conditions and trends are being undertaken using local frameworks and methods and are leading towards visioning for development of life plans for adaptation strategies, which will ensure Buen Vivir (well-being).   …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story