Ecosystem

Women weaving mattresses using stripped bamboo cane

IUCN suggestions for weaving the first IPBES work plan

The second plenary meeting of IPBES is fast-approaching with an important task of putting in place the Platform’s work programme 2014-2018. IUCN recommends prioritizing activities according to their potential for policy impact and starting small but inclusive. …  

03 Dec 2013 | News story

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species

The Okapi – a national symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the “forest giraffe” – and the sub-Saharan White-winged Flufftail – one of Africa’s rarest birds – are now on the brink of extinction, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Two species of albatross, the Leatherback Turtle and the Island Fox native to California’s Channel Islands are showing signs of recovery. …   | French | Dutch

26 Nov 2013 | News story

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First international gathering of forest producer organizations underway

The representatives of farmer and forest producer organizations from around the world are gathering today at an international conference held in Guilin, China. The meeting represents the first of its kind in giving the world’s many millions of smallholder farmer and community forest producers an opportunity to have their voices heard at a global level. With a large part of the Earth’s surface affected by forest producer activities, the conference will seek to support forest producers in improving sustainable management of forest landscapes. …  

25 Nov 2013 | News story

N. Buxa

Enabling the wise use of wetlands through integrated wetland management

An innovative action planning toolkit on wetland conservation and management is now available online. Funded by the European Commission, as part of the HighARCS project, the Wetland Resources Action Planning (WRAP) Toolkit offers researchers, technical planners and policy-makers a systematic approach to conserving and sustainably managing aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity at any site scale. The toolkit provides a suite of methods and practices, together with insights from lessons learned. …  

19 Nov 2013 | News story

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Scientists identify the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

14 Nov 2013 | News story

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Registration now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Registration is now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), the landmark global forum on protected areas held every 10 years. The event takes place in Sydney, Australia 12-19 November 2014, with the theme 'Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions' designed to help deliver IUCN’s three priority areas of IUCN's work programme. …  

14 Nov 2013 | News story

Green light = Go

IPBES preparing to give the green light

"The remarkable speed of IPBES work is the result of a momentum that took long time to create. Many countries have pledged resources, the major scientific networks have offered collaboration, and much of the academic community has welcomed the new process. The landscape is therefore very favourable for IPBES, which now needs to demonstrate its ability to achieve quick results," writes Pierre Commenville of IUCN in the journal Environmental Policy and Law. 

13 Nov 2013 | News story

Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro

Sustainable tomorrow for Skadar Lake

IUCN SEE has initiated the implementation of a 3 year long project "Supporting the Long-Term Sustainable Management of Transboundary Lake Skadar", in partnership with the Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania (INCA) and Green Home of Montenegro. Improving practices and capacity for the management of protected areas, the project intends to foster the effective management of biodiversity of Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro. …  

12 Nov 2013 | News story
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Countdown to COP19: Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions [video]

In our 'Countdown to COP19' we look back at videos that contribute solutions to climate change challenges. Here we focus on a video on water infrastructure solutions for the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus. …  

08 Nov 2013 | News story

Ogasawara Islands

World’s fastest-growing region to host its first congress on protected areas

The 1st Asia Parks Congress, taking place 13 to 17 November in Japan, will propose new action to address the challenges facing protected areas in one of the world's fastest-growing regions. …  

08 Nov 2013 | 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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