2012

Phoebe Chiu, a third-grader from Ohio, USA, won first place with "Wetlands: a heaven of wildlife" in a national science-art contest run by IGES.

Students Discover Biodiversity in National Children's Science-Art Contest

With the theme "The World's A Place of Living Things," the 17th annual art contest of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) invited students to share their impressions of biodiversity. …  

05 Dec 2012 | News story

IUCN Science and Learning Officer and CEC Focal Point

Reflections of Rod Abson as CEC Focal Point

After two and a half years working with IUCN as Knowledge Management Officer and Focal Point for the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), today is my last day at IUCN and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on some of the highlights of working with the Commission. …  

05 Dec 2012 | News story

WWViews on biodiversity is a global citizen participation project designed to provide policymakers with information about citizens’ views on biodiversity issues.

World Wide Views on Biodiversity - A Documentary

Policy makers need to know the views of ordinary people. This lively video reports on a global event in September that  proves biodiversity is a priority of citziens all over the world. From CEC member Bjørn Bedsted, coordinator of WWViews. …  

05 Dec 2012 | News story

On a wildlife viewing trip, Tusheti

Wildlife viewing in Georgia's Tusheti National Park

Mentioned as one of the “12 best places you’ve never heard of” by BudgetTravel in 2011, Tusheti, a historical province hidden deep in the Caucasus Mountains in the north of Georgia has seen a rapid increase in visitors over the last years. While its picturesque landscapes and villages, centuries-old defence towers as well as cuisine and folklore are appreciated by all visitors, the rich biodiversity of Tusheti has been almost neglected.  …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) meeting

Georgia revises its Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

After the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan (2010), Georgia committed itself to revise its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) according to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020, approved at the Conference, and to adopt it as a policy instrument by 2015.   …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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Borjomi forest

How do Georgians depend on forests?

A Forest Landscape Restoration project in three pilot areas in Georgia reveals that villages in higher altitude tend to depend more on forest products. The project was started in January 2012 by IUCN and is funded by the German International Cooperation, GIZ.   …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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Megralian Goat and Georgian Mountain Cows

Agricultural biodiversity conservation in Georgia

Georgia has a long tradition in agriculture. Archaeological findings prove that agriculture was practiced in Georgia since the 6th-5th millennium BC. The great morphological and genetic diversity of the oldest crops and their wild relatives, as well as some ancient species of domesticated animals, preserved until today, give reason to believe that Georgia is one of the centers of origin of some of the important cultivated plants (e.g. vine and wheat) and domestic animals.   …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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Experimental demo plots

Promoting community-based climate change adaptation and disaster mitigation in Georgia

The environmental and social threats posed by climate change are now recognized internationally, as are the implications it bears on all development initiatives. Recent studies reveal that Georgia faces critical challenges due to the frequency and degree of climate-influenced natural disasters, such as landslides, erosion, floods and the subsequent degradation of ecosystems and agricultural lands.   …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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Gender Equity Training, as part of the :“Securing Rights and Restoring lands for improved livelihoods” project.

Gender Equity Training

“Securing Rights and Restoring lands for improved livelihoods” project is a three-year-project, implemented by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and funded by the European Union, aiming at poverty reduction, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystems in drylands and rangelands. Four pilot areas were selected in Jordan within Zarqa and Mafraq governorates. …  

05 Dec 2012 | Article
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Park rangers with a rhino that has been poached for its horn

Wildlife Conservation Day highlights action against wildlife crime

In response to growing concern about illegal trade in wildlife, the US Department of State has declared 4 December as Wildlife Conservation Day and is calling for individuals across the world to support threatened species by signing up to a Wildlife Pledge. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes this initiative given the recent escalation of poaching for a number of species that is compromising decades-long efforts towards the conservation and sustainable use of wild species. …  

04 Dec 2012 | News story