West and Central Africa

UPU Letter Writing Competition Winners

Young writers' forest letter contest - Barbados and China win!

A Great Oak in Guyana’s Windsor Forest and an observant little tree ‘prepared to care for humanity’ helped 15-year-old Charlée Gittens from Barbados and 13-year-old Wang Sa from China to win gold medals in the Universal Postal Union’s 40th International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People. …  

19 Aug 2011 | News story

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Maalouma Mint Moktar Ould Meidah désignée Ambassadrice de bonne volonté de l’UICN

Gland, Suisse, 9 Août 2011 (UICN) – L’artiste Maalouma Mint Meidah a été désignée Ambassadrice de bonne volonté de l’UICN pour la sous-région Afrique Centrale et Occidentale par Madame Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Directrice générale de l'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Elle rejoint l’équipe mondiale d’Ambassadeurs de bonne volonté de l’UICN. …  

10 Aug 2011 | News story

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Notes for nature, songs for society – IUCN welcomes Malouma as new Goodwill Ambassador

A unique artist has joined the team of IUCN Goodwill Ambassadors. Mauritanian singer and songwriter Malouma - or Maalouma - actively engaged in the fight for the rights of women and children and most recently,in tackling the many environmental challenges that her country is facing, joins IUCN in pursuing its vision of a ‘just world that values and conserves nature’. …  

09 Aug 2011 | News story

04 August 2011 Seminar on Land/ Tenure rights for Benefit Sharing, Accra, Ghana

Symposium on Land/Tree Tenure Rights and Benefit Sharing to mark International Year of Forests 2011

As part of activities towards the celebration of the International Year of Forests 2011, a one-day symposium took place in Accra, on 4th August 2011. The symposium, dubbed ‘Securing Land/Tree Tenure Rights and Benefit Sharing Towards REDD Implementation in Ghana’, was an initiative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, with facilitation support from The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP). …  

06 Aug 2011 | News story
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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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Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Remember the rangers: 31 July is World Ranger Day

Today we celebrate World Ranger Day. We commemorate those rangers all over the world who have died in the course of their duties but also those who risk their lives every day at the forefront of conservation. While some are exposed to hazardous environmental conditions such as floods or dangerous animals, others are targeted because they stand up to poachers, drug warlords and criminals. This year alone, at least 31 were murdered, some under the most horrific circumstances. …  

31 Jul 2011 | News story

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Honorary membership of IUCN

Honorary Membership of IUCN, which recognizes outstanding services to the conservation of nature and natural resources, is presented at the World Conservation Congress to two or three individuals who have made exceptional contributions to furthering the goals of the Union. …   | French | Spanish

28 Jul 2011 | News story

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The Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal

Established eight years ago during the World Conservation Congress in Thailand, the Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal will go to a conservation professional who has made outstanding contributions to the conservation of nature and natural resources. …   | French | Spanish

28 Jul 2011 | News story

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John C. Phillips Memorial Medal

IUCN Member Organizations and Commission Members are invited to submit nominations for the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal. The John C. Phillips Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding service in international conservation and commemorates the life and work of Dr John C. Phillips, a pioneer of the conservation movement. …   | French | Spanish

28 Jul 2011 | News story

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Deux politiques forestières africaines en lice pour le prix Future Policy Award

Le prix de la Politique du futur est décerné par le Conseil pour l’avenir du monde, une organisation internationale de recherche qui fournit aux décideurs des solutions politiques efficaces. La Politique forestière communautaire de la Gambie et la politique forestière nationale et la loi relative à l'interdiction des sacs de polyéthylène au Rwanda sont en lice face à des politiques du Népal, des États-Unis, du Bhoutan et de la Suisse. …  

27 Jul 2011 | News story


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