South America

Six Senses, Phuket,Thailand

Top ten tips for eco-tourists

With many people starting to plan their annual holidays, IUCN has released a list of top ten tips for tourists who want to visit some of the most beautiful natural sites in the world without damaging the environment. Tips range from choosing eco-hotels and being mindful of your carbon footprint to avoiding buying souvenirs made from Endangered species and making sure you know that what you’re eating isn’t under threat. …  

21 Apr 2011 | News story

Nigel Dudley Sue Stolton

The power of partnership

Nigel Dudley and Sue Stolton 2011 – United Kingdom

Nobody knows better the benefits that national parks and other protected areas bring to people and nature than Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley, and no one has worked harder to bring this knowledge to bear in saving the world’s natural wealth. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Better than working in an office!

Winning hearts and minds

Lalao Aigrette - Madagascar

For decades, biologists have campaigned for marine reserves, struggling with the mistrust or disapproval of fishermen. Lalao Aigrette, a dedicated Malagasy conservationist, is taking on this challenge amongst remote fishing communities in some of the most biodiverse regions of Madagascar. And she’s seeing some impressive results. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Renata, her daughters and an ocelot at Los Amigos

Trapped in the Amazon!

Renata Leite Pitman - Brazil

“Ten years ago, moved by curiosity, I planned a three-month expedition to the south east of Peru to learn more about an elusive species, and maybe trap and radio collar it. Ten years later, I feel it was the animal that trapped me!,” says Renata Leite Pitman. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Opening CBD COP10

IUCN hosts UN discussions on making gender environmental benchmark

Gender issues could be the common thread running through global environment and development work, and therefore be at the centre of restructuring the UN system to be more consistent across agencies, programmes and conventions. …  

24 Mar 2011 | News story

Child bathing in Jordan

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Ecuador.

Yasuní ITT: desde América del Sur, una propuesta para el planeta

Entrevista a María Fernanda Espinosa, Ministra Coordinadora de Patrimonio de Ecuador. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Joerg Elbers, UICN

El cambio climático: ¿Discurso o realidad preocupante?

 El enfoque de la discusión sobre el cambio climático está basado en los esquemas de los mercados de carbono, un enfoque mercantilista fundamentalmente equivocado. James Hansen, uno de los más destacados expertos en cambio climático en el mundo, lo compara con la lucha contra la esclavitud o el nazismo: No se puede negociar la reducción de la esclavitud en un 40 o 50%. Este destacado científico es el luchador más intrépido en contra del camino habitual en el tratamiento del cambio climático, lo que él califica de climate change business as usual. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story


Diez años, cuatro nuevas áreas protegidas en Argentina

Durante la 10° Conferencia de las Partes del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica, la presidencia saliente del G77+China a cargo de Yemen, presentó un plan de cooperación en conservación de la biodiversidad para el desarrollo. Según este esquema de trabajo multilateral, este año deberían comenzar a ejecutarse numerosas acciones previstas en el Plan Estratégico del CDB. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Amazonía, Ecuador.

A bird’s eye view helps conserve South America’s rivers

In South America, the mapping and coding of the region’s watersheds carried out under IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative is changing the way river basins are managed at the local level and should help cross-border conservation efforts. …   | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

South American regional office