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Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Japanese vision – the New Strategic Plan, a decade of biodiversity and raising awareness with origami

After the scientific and technical discussions in Nairobi, the eyes of the conservation world will be moving towards Nagoya, Japan, where Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October this year to make binding decisions on the future of the world’s biodiversity. The Japan Committee for IUCN has been working to make every effort to ensure that this event, which is crucial for the future of our planet, has a high profile in Japan. Professor Masahito Yoshida is the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN. Here he answers questions about the Committee’s work, its role in the CBD conference and how the Japan Committee for IUCN uses origami to raise awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity, all life on earth. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

Left to right:
Mr. Jawed Ali Khan, Director General (Environment), Minsitry of Environment, 
Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Head, IUCN Islamabd Office, 
Dr. Ishfaq ahmad Khan, Advisor (Science and Technology), Government of Pakistan 
Dr. Peter Hayes, senior Climate Change Specialist (Asian Development Bank)

National Consultative Workshop on; “Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan”

Islamabad, 20 May 2010 (IUCN) A national consultative workshop titled: ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan’ was organized by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Islamabad today. …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

Foro Biodiversidad y Bienestar Humano. Ecuador, 2010

Biodiversidad: garantía de bienestar para el ser humano

En el Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica, el Programa de Estudios Socioambientales de la FLACSO, el Fondo de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas para la Mujer (UNIFEM) y la UICN realizaron un foro que evidenció, a través de la exposición de casos, la importancia de la conservación de la biodiversidad para el mantenimiento de los medios de vida …  

20 May 2010 | News story

Giant mimosa (Mimosa pigra) growing 4 m high in a dense, impenetrable single species thicket on the Kafue Floodplain in Zambia

Are protected areas in Africa harbouring invasive species?

Protected areas, long thought of as safe refuges for animals and plants, are under increasing threats from invasive species which not only affect biodiversity but also people’s livelihoods. Protected areas can have huge social and economic value, particularly in Africa, where national parks are a major tourist attraction and a significant source of income. But according to the Global Invasive Species Programme, of which IUCN and CABI are partners, many managers of protected areas in Africa are not aware of the severity of the problem which is on their doorsteps nor how to address it.   …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

New Short Film on European Zoos and Wildlife Conservation

EAZA, representing more than 300 of Europe’s best zoos and aquariums, has released a short film highlighting the in situ conservation work done by its members. Zoos have knowledge and expertise that is crucial in the fight to save biodiversity. From CEC member Eoghan O’Sullivan, Communications and Membership Manager, EAZA. …  

20 May 2010 | News story

IUCN UK Conference

IUCN UK Conference overcomes volcanic consequences

At the foot of Edinburgh's own, thankfully 'extinct', volcano, the IUCN UK Conference "Nature - What's in it For Me?" was held at Our Dynamic Earth over the two days 19th and 20th April 2010 and was attended by over 100 participants on each day. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

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FAO: spotlight on grasslands biodiversity

How is biodiversity linked to food security? A side event, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia and the Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture at the 36th session of the European Commission on Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Yerevan, Armenia, highlighted the fundamental role of grasslands biodiversity in securing food supply. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

from left to right – Mr Kamran Lashari - Mr. M.A. Cheema – Mr. Muhammad Javed Malik.

A one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’

Islamabad, 19 May 2010: IUCN Pakistan, Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI – Asia), in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and United Nations Environment Programme’s project Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), organized a one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’ at Islamabad today. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

Jatropha curcas, Mali

Responsible Biofuels and Beyond: critical issues for the Convention on Biological Diversity work programme

IUCN and WWF convened the side event Responsible Biofuels and Beyond : critical issues for the CBD agriculture programme of work to highlight critical issues relating to the biofuels and biodiversity agenda including land use, indirect landuse change, impacts on smallholders and vulnerable groups, invasive species risks, indicators for biodiversity, biodiversity information available for biofuels decisions, and processes for identifying responsible cultivation areas.
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19 May 2010 | News story
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Post-2010 Strategy: from challenges to compromises

Tomorrow 20 May the IUCN Spanish National Committee will host the VII Foro de Biodiversidad which will focus on the post-2010 strategy for biodiversity and the challenges Spain and the European Union will face in view of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan). …  

19 May 2010 | News story

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