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Success story of the day: Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) launched a unique initiative called “The Local Government + Biodiversity 2010 Network” to promote habitat protection and improvement among local authorities and facilitate the interaction between local people and institutions. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Participants, Almora RCCH Workshop, 17 Sept 2010

IUCN Initiates Dialogue on Black Carbon by Establishing an Indian Round Table on Climate Change in Himalayas (RCCH)

As black carbon and non-CO2 gases are not limited by borders, it was proposed that the Five Himalayan countries Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, together with certain other global agencies, should form a collective to formulate and execute a joint strategy for mitigation of climate change in the Himalayas, in general, and tackling the emission of Black Carbon and other non-CO2 gases in particular. A joint strategy by the five countries will have tremendous advantages. It will ensure that there is an integrated, time-bound approach in tackling the issue with active involvement of other concerned International Agencies. In this regard, a workshop was organized by IUCN in partnership with GBPIHED, Uttarakhand Forest Department and Environment and Health Foundation, India on 17th September in Almora. …  

18 Oct 2010 | News story

Snake

‘Big Plan’ for nature needs big commitment

World leaders need vision and political will to ensure we live in harmony with nature, says IUCN. This call comes in the run up to talks to halt the spiraling loss of biodiversity, which is ultimately threatening the existence of all life on earth. …   | French | Spanish

15 Oct 2010 | IUCN statement

Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean

Fading fast: 2010 expedition examines the worrying state of Indian Ocean coral reefs

IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean. …   | French

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: PAN Parks Foundation

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: PAN (Protected Area Network) Parks – an independent foundation aiming to create a European network of wilderness protected areas to improve nature protection through sustainable tourism development – organised a trip for decision makers to Majella National Park, Italy. The aim of the trip was to experience wilderness and to build support for wilderness areas that contribute to biodiversity protection. Inspired by the trip a Member of the European Parliament developed a special report on wilderness in Europe. The report was adopted by the European Parliament on 3 February 2009 with 538 members voting for and only 19 against. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: Noord-Brabant Province

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Noord-Brabant Province was the first region to join Countdown 2010. In December 2006, the Province established the “Brabant Taskforce Biodiversiteit en Countdown 2010” – a working group of public and private sector representatives. The Taskforce has been a major driving force in the Netherlands for promoting Countdown 2010. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: Natuurpunt

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: Natuurpunt – the main nature conservation organisation in the Flanders Region – believes that green energy is necessary, and must go hand in hand with nature development. The organisation has been actively looking to create a partnership with a sustainable energy company. Several potential partners were contacted and any opportunities evaluated. Finally, Natuurpunt decided to work together with a local solar power company. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

IUCN has published a new report on forest governance structures, systems and stakeholders in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Erika Stanciu - President of EUROPARC

An interview with Erica Stanciu

Erika Stanciu is the President of EUROPARC - the umbrella organization for Europe’s protected areas - with more than 460 members from 36 countries. IUCN EURO met with Erika to learn about the results of the recent EUROPARC annual conference and her thoughts on the link between biodiversity and protected areas. …  

14 Oct 2010 | News story

Success story of the day: NatureGate

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The NatureGate® R&D together with the University of Helsinki created the NatureGate® Online Service, which can be used to identify species easily and rapidly, just by making observations of the specimen and clicking provided options accordingly. NatureGate® is designed to facilitate lifelong learning of sustainable use of biodiversity. …  

14 Oct 2010 | News story

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