Forest

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

Kristen Carusos

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week - final reflections

During Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW), private enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and influential players in the environmental and forestry sector came together to debate the challenges and opportunities that Asia's forests face. Kristen Carusos of IUCN’s China office gives her take on the proceedings. …  

22 Nov 2011 | News story

Species on the Edge app for iPad and iPhone

Species on the Edge app is launched

Acclaimed by the US Apple Store as ‘New and Noteworthy’, the new Species on the Edge app is a detailed guide to 365 species from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Featuring stunning photos and thought-provoking information it allows users to learn about threatened species from around the world. …  

16 Nov 2011 | News story

Endeshaw Ayno and his family grow vegetables as an alternate source of income that does not damage forests

Ethiopia's Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action

MELCA works for a healthy ecosystem, vibrant culture and improved lives of communities. CEC member Million Belay shares success stories from the Suba-Sebeta and Sheka communities, where livelihood improvements are protecting fragile forests. …  

14 Nov 2011 | News story

Logging in Amazon forests with forest certification

Responsible forestry

On the fourth day of the Asia Pacific Forestry Week, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) held a session ‘FSC: It’s Role in the Region and the Global Market-Its Contribution to a Green Economy’, writes Kristen Carusos. …  

11 Nov 2011 | News story
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Landscapes and Livelihoods drawing

Getting the message across

Art is one of the most cross-cultural communications tools, writes Kristen Carusos on day three of Asia-Pacific Forest Week. The day started with a mesmerizing sand painting performance by Zhang Xiaoyu, who drew scenes of natural landscapes by sprinkling and moving sand on a light box with her bare hands. …  

10 Nov 2011 | News story

Transporting timber logged from a forest located on the border with Laos.

Addressing illegal logging

During the ‘New Challenges and New Opportunities towards Green Business’ session, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) described the advantages and incentives for green finance and investment, writes Kristen Carusos from the Asia-Pacific Forest Week. …  

09 Nov 2011 | News story
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Epiphyte of Borneo

Charting a new course for Asia-Pacific forests

“Every seed is a dream, waiting to be fulfilled. Every tree is a reality… Every forest is a community, joining together to stand as one.” This extract from Randell Terre Aranza’s winning essay in the Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) writing competition sums up the spirt of the event, writes Kristen Carusos, of IUCN's China office. …  

08 Nov 2011 | News story
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Sahavat Huseynov, member of the "Green Patrol"

Young Green Patrols in action: “By protecting trees we protect our future”

School-based forest units: the tradition existed in Azerbaijan before, now it’s time to restore it and to make it fi t the contemporary environment. So far, children have been sensitised to forest protection thanks to the efforts of the Centre of Environmental Education in Baku. Now, a European-supported initiative is aiming to extend their work and to create school-based teams of ‘Young Foresters’. Because the necessity to prevent deforestation and to expand the green topsoil is today a priority in the country, which cannot be met without increasing the population’s environmental education. …  

27 Oct 2011 | News story

Representatives from Civil Society in Cameroon take part in a five day workshop on Gender and REDD+

Women provide input for the progression of Cameroon’s REDD+ process

Yaounde, September 28: A five day workshop was organised for representatives from government and Civil Society in Cameroon on the mainstreaming of gender in the country’s strategy for the implementation of ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD+). The meetings took place from 19 till 23 September and were organised by IUCN and the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) in the context of the on-going implementation of IUCN’s Pro-Poor REDD+ Project in Cameroon. …  

29 Sep 2011 | News story
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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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