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The May 2011 edition of the European Newsletter is now available. To find our more about IUCN's different programmes and projects throughout Europe click here. …  

13 May 2011 | News story

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Laying the foundation for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

Momentum is gathering behind the case for a Red List of Ecosystems which, modeled on the influential IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, is hoped will generate better environmental management. …  

13 May 2011 | News story

Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Rwanda Moving Forward on Ambitious Landscape Restoration Plan

At the launch of the International Year of Forests, the Government of Rwanda, through a statement delivered by Honorable Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Environment and Lands, formally announced an ambitious plan to integrate landscape restoration into National development plans and to pursue a goal that would witness large‐scale border to border restoration of land, soil, forest and water resources for the benefit of the Rwandan population over the next twenty five years based on an Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government of Rwanda, IUCN and the United Nations Forum on Forests.  …  

12 May 2011 | News story
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Academy members Willemien du Plessis and Melinda Powers (3rd and 4th, l.) with ELC Director and legal staff

Planning future collaboration between the IUCN Environmental Law Programme and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

On 9th May, the Co-Chairs of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law´s Research Committee visited the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) to discuss future collaboration between the ELC, the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and the Academy of Environmental Law. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

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Reducing flood risk through improved water governance in Fiji

Fiji has suffered from increasing numbers of floods in recent years, causing extensive damage across the country. Through improving water governance, IUCN and partners are helping reduce the risks and impacts of flooding through linking urban centres to the basins they rely on. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

Women in developing countries play a key role in helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, yet their voice is hardly heard in discussions on climate change.

IUCN pioneers work on gender equality in tackling climate change impacts

The importance of involving women in preventing and managing disasters is widely recognized but doing so in an effective and holistic way is more challenging. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

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United Nations declare 2011 as the International Year of Forests

The United Nations have declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011). ‘Forests 2011’ with its theme ‘Forests for People’ aims to raise awareness of the key role forests play in building a greener, fairer and more sustainable future - and the need to strengthen the conservation and sustainable management and development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. With 35% of the world’s certified forests in Europe, action is required to protect our forests against biodiversity loss and threats such as increased harvesting for bioenergy, intensive forestry management, loss of land to urban sprawl and roads, and climate change. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

Commission Générale des Pêches pour la Méditerranée (CGPM)

Un Marocain élu au poste de Secrétaire Exécutif pour la pêche en Méditerranée

Monsieur Abdellah Srour a été élu, le 10 Mai à Rome, au poste de Secrétaire Exécutif de la Commission Générale des Pêches pour la Méditerranée (CGPM) de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'Alimentation et l'Agriculture (FAO). …  

12 May 2011 | News story

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Management effectiveness evaluation of 23 Marine protected areas in Thailand

Thailand’s Marine and Coastal Protected Areas (MCPAs) are very important assets in terms of biodiversity conservation, economic development and livelihood security.  Therefore a well managed, representative MCPA system in Thailand lies at the heart of achieving a balanced and healthy marine and coastal ecosystem as a foundation for sustainable development and livelihood security. In recognition of the need to improve management effectiveness in Thailand’s MCPAs, the Department of National Parks and IUCN are implementing a project called ‘Evaluating and improving the management effectiveness of Thailand’s Marine and Coastal Protected Areas’  
 

12 May 2011 | News story
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Best underwater photos

As part of the IUCN 2011 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest, IUCN received 132 photographs of exceptional quality and creativity. Congratulations to the three winners: William Goodwin, Andre Seale and Lill Haugen. …  

12 May 2011 | News story