Ecosystem

Karstic lake Skadar, Kroatia

IUCN, GEF and a global surface freshwater community of practice

‘Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results’ was the slogan of the 6th GEF International Waters Conference, held in Dubrovnik from 17-20 October, in which IUCN contributed its knowledge and experience on water management. …  

03 Nov 2011 | News story

Flooding in Ayuttaya, Thailand Oct 23 2011

Thai Floods

As the floods in Thailand reach record levels, they are causing unprecedented damage to human lives, property and the natural environment. …  

03 Nov 2011 | News story

Mangrove replanting, Thailand

Floods in Thailand – interview partners available

As the floods in Thailand have reached record levels, they leave behind a trail of destruction to people, infrastructure and the environment. …  

31 Oct 2011 | News story

A butterfly

Open-minded approach to the inclusion of civil society in IPBES

On behalf of non-governmental stakeholders who have expressed their interest in the First Plenary Session to Build IPBES, IUCN has reiterated its suggestion that the operational and governance structures of IPBES should be set up in such a way to encourage optimum, effective and efficient involvement of all relevant stakeholders who are practically or potentially providers and/or beneficiaries of information of relevance to the platform. …  

07 Oct 2011 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

Hope is in the air

"The place of civil society in the governance of the platform is still under question. We are confident that all delegates feel the need to raise questions and gather inputs from the field by a large consultation with civil society. This is very encouraging,” says Pierre Commenville, a member of the IUCN Delegation to the First Plenary Session to build an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). …  

06 Oct 2011 | News story

RSB image

Carrots and sticks for sustainable biofuels

In an independent report launched by a consortium of industry and non-governmental organizations, IUCN promotes an innovative policy approach to address the risk of indirect land use change through biofuel production. This involves encouraging and rewarding practices that proactively reduce this risk and penalizing producers who take no action. …  

06 Oct 2011 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

Managing deep-seas fisheries: Challenges and opportunities

During a meeting held recently at the United Nations in New York, IUCN and The Nature Conservancy provided information on policy recommendations on how to improve the management of deep-sea fisheries and ecosystems. The recommendations were developed following a workshop jointly organized by TNC and IUCN. …  

06 Oct 2011 | News story

IPBES

Which room for civil society in the house of IPBES?

On 4 October 2011, the second day of the First Plenary Meeting, delegates addressed the design of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IUCN supported the proposal to consider the role and the participation of non-governmental stakeholders in the Platform. …  

05 Oct 2011 | News story

Bee and Flower

Non-governmental actors united for a role in IPBES

Scientific and civil society organizations have called for a role in an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) both as providers and end users of knowledge. During the opening of the First Plenary Session to establish IPBES, these organizations stressed that their engagement is crucial for the relevance, impact and legitimacy of the Platform. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

Cyrie SENDASHONGA, Head of the IUCN Delegation to the First Session of the Plenary Meeting to Establish an IPBES, Nairobi

IUCN to support IPBES

IUCN strongly supports the establishment of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2012 as a global mechanism to further strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. This statement was delivered during the opening of the First Plenary Session to build IPBES, which is currently being held in Nairobi, Kenya. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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