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IPBES in Bonn

From 7-9 December, 2011 IUCN participated in an International expert workshop "Policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ". The workshop was organized in Bonn, Germany by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and was attended by 85 delegates. IUCN was represented by an ELC legal officer and IPBES programme officer. …  

10 Dec 2011 | News story

Boy with Rice and Fish in the Tsitongambarika forest

Protecting nature makes sense: IUCN and Rio Tinto assess conservation’s costs and benefits

A new study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) finds that by financing the restoration or protection of natural areas, companies can offset the negative impacts of their operations and generate significant economic benefits, but the needs of local communities must be properly addressed. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2011 | News story

UNFCCC COP 17 Durban

The place to be at COP17: The Adaptation Hub

There has been an unprecedented buzz around climate change adaptation so far at this year’s UN Climate Change conference, the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban, South Africa. …  

03 Dec 2011 | News story

Masaai boy herding goats, Olbil, Tanzania

Climate awareness at 30,000 feet: IUCN and South African Airways team up

Africa’s most awarded airline, South African Airways, and the world’s largest environmental union, IUCN, have teamed up to launch a unique climate change awareness campaign to coincide with the start of the UN’s Climate Change Summit in Durban. …  

02 Dec 2011 | News story

Forest Nurseries in Lebanon by Navarrete Poyatos, M.A., Navarro Cerrillo, R., Palacios Rodríguez, G., Chnais, E. and Salman, H. (2011).

New guidelines for reforestation in Lebanon

An IUCN guide to the cultivation of 30 native tree species in Lebanon was launched on 30 November at the Lebanese University’s Department of Agronomy as part of a major reforestation effort in the country. …  

02 Dec 2011 | News story

El Salvador

Governance of the Goascorán River: a shared resource between El Salvador and Honduras

As part of the IUCN Building River Dialogues and Governance (BRIDGE) project, a workshop was held to strengthen governance capacity of the transboundary river Goascorán. This river basin is shared by Honduras and El Salvador, an area of great environmental, economical and geopolitical importance in the region. …   | Spanish

01 Dec 2011 | News story

Couverture

Sharing water, sharing benefits: lessons on dams from West Africa

More than 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the past 50 years. Many more are in the planning to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. But how can these developments rime with environmental sustainability and participatory processes? …   | French

29 Nov 2011 | News story

Lachuá Lagoon National Park

Protected, naturally

More than 180,000 protected areas—national parks, nature reserves and so on—now cover over 12% of the world’s land area and 7.2% of coastal waters. They play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and helping people adapt to the impacts of climate change. These are the findings of a newly-published paper in the journal Solutions. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

Sahel crops where woodland has been cleared for farming, Diourbel region, Senegal

Taking matters into their own hands: West African farmers brace against drought

Climate change means the drylands of West Africa are likely to become more arid and less productive. In the Sahel region, which has been plagued by drought in recent decades, farmers are using natural methods to boost their resilience. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

water

Strengthening the defences

Nowhere are the effects of climate change being felt more than the Pacific Islands where governments are starting to realise the importance of managing ecosystems in a sustainable way to help their countries adapt to this growing challenge. …  

28 Nov 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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