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Biofuels soon to be measured by international standards

The first draft of a global sustainability standard for biofuels has been endorsed by 300 experts and representatives of the public and private sector, including IUCN's Chief Scientist and IUCN Member National Wildlife Federation. Jeff McNeely and Barbara Brambe respectively, are on the Steering Board for the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, housed at the EPFL Energy Center. …  

13 Aug 2008 | News story

Congress footprint

Wanna be a responsible Congress participant? Read "My guide to a sustainable Congress"

My guide to a sustainable Congress has been put together to help delegates make environmentally-smart decisions at different stages of their trip to and stay in Barcelona. It is part of the IUCN’s effort to practice what it preaches at this year’s event on sustainability and conservation. The guide will hopefully get you thinking about how you can combine your own plans and interests with more sustainable forms of travel. The Spanish and French version of the guide will be available shortly. …  

12 Aug 2008 | News story

Coconut palms could be an important small scale source of biofuel in Pacific Islands

Energy Programme Takes Off At Oceania Office

Six Pacific Island nations have joined IUCN’s Energy Programme in Oceania to develop innovative projects aimed at enhancing livelihoods through the provision of sustainable and efficient energy services. Along with practical projects, the programme, Managing the Ecosystem & Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States, will look at strengthening policy and regulatory measures to promote energy systems that are ecologically efficient and socially equitable. …  

11 Aug 2008 | News story

Barcelona Congress

Apply now for the Business Night School

Three-hour long Learning Opportunities will equip non-business delegates to the IUCN World Conservation Congress with knowledge and skills to work with business on contributing to ecosystem management solutions. Each evening (6-8 October), four sessions will run in parallel on (1) business basics, (2) partnerships, (3) communication and (4) tools, using case examples from a wide variety of sectors including energy, agri-business, advertising and communication technology. …   | Spanish

08 Jul 2008 | News story

Asturias, Spain

Climate Change will bring Spain more than just lack of rain

For a long while it looked odds-on that big international conference in Barcelona this autumn about the environment would find the Spanish host city deep in the grip of a water crisis triggered by its worst drought in 50 years. …  

07 Jul 2008 | News story

Doum palm material stacks in Komadugu Yobe river basin, North East Nigeria.

A way of life is feeling the heat

International development policies are undermining the long term survival of some of the globe's poorest communities, argues Masego Madzwamuse, IUCN's regional programme development officer and focal person for southern African drylands. She says the skills and knowledge needed to survive in the world's harsh drylands are being sacrificed in the name of progress. …  

19 Jun 2008 | News story
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Man carrying wheat in Manang (3540m) Annapurna CA. Nepal

Put nature at centre of food crisis debate, says IUCN

The Declaration on World Food Security, adopted in Rome on June 5, fell short of showing the political will needed to address the underlying causes of the food crisis, according to IUCN. …  

06 Jun 2008 | News story

Energy

IUCN and member GNV join forces to deliver message on importance of ecosystems for sustainable energy

IUCN member organisation GNV (Green Network Vojvodina) presented a joint IUCN paper at the 4th Regional Conference: Environment for Europe (EnE08) in Belgrade on the June 4-5, 2008. …  

05 Jun 2008 | News story

Barcelona Harbour

Sailing to Barcelona - Come onboard!

As part of IUCN´s World Conservation Congress (5-14 October 2008, Barcelona, Spain), Sailing to Barcelona will give a voice to creative marine conservation efforts from various corners of the world. …  

04 Jun 2008 | News story

Barcelona Congress

Registration for the World Conservation Congress is now online

The online registration system for the World Conservation Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from 5 to 14 October, is now open. The Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Be a part of it and register now! You can also book your preferred accommodation and excursion trips online.
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12 May 2008 | 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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