Low-lying island in the Seychelles

Islands of the Western Indian Ocean - unite!

The islands of the Western Indian Ocean and coastal areas of Eastern Africa are home to 30 million people who rely on their coastal environment for food and income. But overfishing, overdevelopment, pollution, environmental degradation and climate change are seriously threatening the natural resources that fuel the region’s economic activity. A burning question is will the region’s governments and civil society work together to respond to these challenges? …  

21 Oct 2010 | News story

Marine Protected Area, fish and coral at Nha Trang

Worth saving, invest in nature - IUCN

The central economic importance of the world's natural assets is now firmly on the political radar as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss, the head of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) said today. …   | Spanish

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Branding Biodiversity

Love. Not Loss. Communicating Biodiversity

One of the most powerful points coming out of Nagoya, made both explicitly and also hidden in the maelstrom of debate around biodiversity policy, is the way we communicate is fundamental to the success of biodiversity conservation, writes Laurie Bennett, member of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Keith Wheeler, Chair of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication

Daily Diary from Nagoya by Keith Wheeler

Wow, my jet lag is waning, and I managed to actually sleep at night. Today, I wandered through a series of side events listening to message after message of loss, unmet commitment and at the same time a hope for a process unfolding that will save our planet's biodiversity, writes Keith Wheeler, Chair of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Branding Biodiversity

Communicating Biodiversity: Report on CEC Side Event

Today IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication held a side event entitled ‘Bringing Science to Life’. The event was designed to challenge ‘traditional’ ways of communicating biodiversity messages. CEC member Laurie Bennett of Futerra Communications reports from Nagoya. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

IUCN Science and Learning Officer and CEC Focal Point

CEC News from Nagoya: View the Video!

Rod Abson, CEC Focal Point, reports that more than 100 people attended the CEC Side Event. An article and video from Laurie Bennett capture the content. Read the latest Daily Diary by Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story
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Elephant Seal

A world premiere: Biodiversity across five continents

For the first time the status of biodiversity in the Francophonie has been evaluated. With the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) have published in French and English a concise analysis of the status of terrestrial and marine biodiversity across the 70 states and governments of the Francophonie. …   | French

20 Oct 2010 | News story

A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Mobilizing society to support biodiversity

20 October 2010, Nagoya (Japan). As Countdown 2010 initiative closes, local coordinated actions show way to solving the global biodiversity crisis. IUCN’s Countdown 2010 initiative officially closes today in Nagoya by revealing the best efforts of more than 1,000 organizations around the world to save biodiversity. The ceremony is being held on 20 October 2010 at 8.10 pm at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity being held in Nagoya, Japan. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: WWF Italy

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: Since economic resources and opportunities of intervention for biodiversity were limited, WWF Italy launched an ambitious project on strategic planning on an eco-regional scale in 2004. The main points of this strategy included the adoption of a proactive approach instead of one based only on the conservation of the last natural areas. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Archipiélago San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina. Colombia

Cuenta Atrás 2010: la sociedad se moviliza para conservar la biodiversidad

Mientras la iniciativa Cuenta Atrás 2010 termina, resultados locales muestran un camino hacia una solución mundial. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story