Ecosystem

Cane fields such as this were heavily affected.

Nature can help lessen flood impacts says IUCN

While flooding in the western division of Vitilevu in Fiji cannot be avoided or prevented, its impacts can be minimized if nature’s health is kept intact says IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  …  

02 Feb 2012 | News story

The newly discovered flower system

New plant discovered in Fiji

A new flowering plant belonging to the Medinilla plant group has been discovered in the highlands of Matasawalevu village, on the island of Kadavu in Fiji. The plant was found during a biodiversity assessment of the Nakasaleka district carried out as part of IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative (WANI). …  

19 Jan 2012 | News story

Nest of the Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

IPBES: the Birth Pangs of a New Assessment Process

“Much has been written in academic Journals on what the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) could, should and might do, but in fact remarkably little has yet been finally decided upon [..] While this may seem to many to be an interminable process, it is important to recognise the advances that have been made,” says Jerry Harrison, Head of Development at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. …  

12 Jan 2012 | News story

SOS, CI

Hope in a hotspot – on a mission to save frogs in Colombia

In Colombia, work is under way to save a group of species whose fate is intimately linked with our own. …  

12 Jan 2012 | News story

IUCN comments on the way IPBES is being shaped

UNEP, acting as the interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), has published all comments received from governments and other stakeholders on the draft elements of the IPBES work programme, the rules of procedure of the plenary and related IPBES procedures. The comments also include contributions from the IUCN network.
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10 Jan 2012 | News story

Mangrove à Mooréa, Polynésie-française

Working with nature in and for islands

What can we learn from islands on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in a changing climate: from practice to policy? Read the summary and download presentations of the event on the topic convened at the Rio Conventions Pavilion during the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 17), in Durban, South Africa. …  

22 Dec 2011 | News story

Ants

IPBES Forum: One for all, all for one

Are you eager to be engaged in shaping an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and defining its goals? Do you want to bring your knowledge and experience to the attention of governments and other decision makers? Here is your chance. The Stakeholder Forum on IPBES is a new email discussion group for everyone interested in advancing the involvement of scientists, conservation organizations, businesses and other civil society actors in IPBES. …   | French | Spanish

19 Dec 2011 | News story

Experimenting with camera equipment and filming

Participatory Video in Northern Uganda

Participatory Video (PV) is an innovative way of empowering and sharing communities’ voices on development and environmental challenges and solutions.Training of PV was introduced by the IUCN Water Programme, following the objective to visually document projects and strengthen communication capacities. …  

16 Dec 2011 | News story

IPBES

IUCN Experts on IPBES benefits

Tune in to a series of interviews and find out what is the role and benefits of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The interviews include various biodiversity experts from international organizations, NGOs, academia and scientific bodies - among these IUCN and its Members. …  

16 Dec 2011 | News story

Water quality survey of Nadi Basin.

WANI lessons from the Pacific

Successes and lessons learnt from the IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) in the Pacific were discussed and recorded at the Initiative's wrap-up meeting, held early December in Suva, Fiji. …  

11 Dec 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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