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Businesses on board – for biodiversity

Finding ways for businesses to become more involved in helping to halt and reverse the current loss of biodiversity will be the main focus of the International Business and Ecosystems Dialogue, which will take place on Tuesday 26th Oc tober in Nagoya, Japan. The dialogue coincides with the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, which will set targets for the next ten years to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss. …  

18 Oct 2010 | Audio


Building bridges to tackle urban water challenges

The growing problem of how to provide clean water for an expanding urban population is one of the topics under discussion at the IWA World Water Congress in Montreal, which takes place from 19 to 24 September in Montreal, Canada. Around 3000 water experts from around the world will attend the conference, hoping to find the best ways of dealing with increasing demands placed on water resources. Mark Smith, Head of IUCN's Water Programme, explains more.     …  

21 Sep 2010 | Audio

Forest fire, Costa Rica

The best things in life are not free

Costa Rica paid 200 million USD to its farmers to protect ecosystems. In doing so, it saved 460,000 hectares of forests and contributed to the well-being of 8.000 people. Such payments for ecosystem services are one way to reward unrecognised benefits of good ecosystem management. …  

29 May 2008 | Audio

Daniel Klein, IUCN's Environmental Law Centre

The third pillar of the CBD: Access and Benefit Sharing

Access and Benefit Sharing is intrinsically linked to the other two pillars - conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Delegates in Bonn agreed to continue work on an international regime for this issue.
Daniel Klein of IUCN's Environmental Law Centre explains why access and benefit sharing is a win-win situation for users and providers. Run audio 

28 May 2008 | Audio

Alejandro Iza, Head of IUCN's Environmental Law Centre

Legal Eagles Eye-Up CBD

The Convention on Biological Diversity is holding its latest meeting in the Bonn.
The former West-German capital is also home to IUCN's Environmental Law Centre.
Alejandro Iza is IUCN's main man for environmental law issues, he tells us what he's following at the CBD. Run audio 

28 May 2008 | Audio

Interview with Nik Lopoukhine, Chairman of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas

Fishy Talk with Nik Lopoukhine

Despite some progress at the CBD meeting in Bonn, IUCN wants to see more concrete action and not more talk. In particular, the situation of high seas biodiversity has reached a critical point and the patchy governance system of our oceans has been an obstacle to action for too long. …  

27 May 2008 | Audio

 Dr William (Bill) Jackson

The Mayors Conference - Local Action for Biodiversity.

Around 150 local government decision makers and experts met in Bonn Tuesday for the Mayors Conference, held in parallel to the High Level Segment of the COP of the UN's CBD. …  

27 May 2008 | Audio

Shortfin Mako

Danger Sharks

The latest IUCN report shows that sharks and rays, including the Thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) and the Shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) are at risk of extinction due to targeted fishing for valuable fins and meat, as well as indirect bycatch in other fisheries. In most cases, these catches are unregulated and unsustainable. …  

22 May 2008 | Audio

Pavan Sukhdev, Study leader, Study on the cost of loss of biodiversity

Putting a price on nature

The value of nature and the services it offers us, from purifying water through freshwater systems to supplying cures for life threatening diseases, cannot be undervalued. Yet the business and financial community can be slow to put a price on what we normally see as being free.

22 May 2008 | Audio

Asghar Fazel,Chairman of SBSTTA

Frustrations at CBD

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), currently meeting in Bonn, established an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. 

22 May 2008 | Audio