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COP10 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

A decade for Biodiversity?

16 September, Brussels: Japan is proposing to the United Nations General Assembly to promote the next decade as the International Decade of Biodiversity, according to the representative from the Japanese Mission to the European Union.  Mr Tanaka joined a group of 20 or so policy experts from various backgrounds at a briefing session organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in their EU Representative Office in Brussels. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Logo of the Bern Convention

Ecological Networks to Safeguard Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing

Strasbourg (France) – Biodiversity plays an immense role in maintaining natural processes and delivering numerous essential ecosystem services to human society. Favourable conservation status of wild flora and fauna is therefore essential not only for securing healthy ecosystems but human wellbeing too. “We have to employ the best of our knowledge while setting up and applying conservation tools such as protected areas and ecological networks. In order effectively to do so, on the ground conservation efforts have to be backed with well defined and commonly agreed policies”, says Boris Erg, Director of IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Survey of coral  growth in Weh Island,Indonesia

IUCN joins "I am the ocean" campaign

IUCN is part of the Mission Blue “I am the Ocean” global campaign calling for action to protect the oceans and restore the health and productivity of this vital natural resource. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Sheila Bolin taking part in a swan rescue in Longboat Key, Florida

Swan doctors

Who can fail to be moved by the beauty and grace of the swan? Swans play a major role in mythology and culture, feature in our childhood stories and because they usually mate for life, have become a symbol of love. But their iconic beauty masks a sad reality. …  

28 Sep 2010 | Article

Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN's Species Survival Commission

Time to think big

Did the designation of 2010 as the first-ever International Year of Biodiversity mean anything at all? Is it just a publicity stunt, with no engagement on the real, practical issues of conservation, asks Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. …  

28 Sep 2010 | Article
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President James Michel (centre), with Mr. Barry Faure Secretary of State in the office of the President (extreme left),  Mr. Matthew Forbes the British High Commissioner to the Seychelles (left), Mr Nirmal Shah (right)  and Mr. Alain St. Ange, the STB Chief Executive (extreme right).

Seychelles launches World’s First Carbon Neutral Nature Reserve

President James Alix Michel has congratulated Nature Seychelles on the work it has undertaken, which has resulted in Cousin Island Special Reserve becoming the world's 1st carbon neutral nature reserve. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

COP10 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

Bringing Science to Life: CEC at CBD COP10 in Nagoya

A side event at the CEPA Fair on Wednesday 20 October is the main event for CEC during COP 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in October. Here is an update on CEC at Nagoya. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Ford Foundation commits $85 million to advance rural land rights and reduce climate change

Ford Foundation Looks to Indigenous People in Climate Change Response

The Ford Foundation has committed $85 million to advance rural land rights and reduce climate change. CEC member Pam Puntenney shares the news. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Developing in vitro protocols for the propagation of valuable plant species like Phyllanthus anarus, Tylophora indica.

Education and the Conservation of Threatened Plants

CEC member Deepika Mishra is engaged in efforts to conserve the valuable plant biodiversity of Rajasthan state of India by running awareness programs and exploring biotechnological approaches. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Luiz Fernando Merico, João Queiroz, Suzana Padua and Claudio Padua at the opening of the IUCN office in Brazil

CEC Welcomes IUCN Office Opening in Brazil

"IUCN has a special magnetism that is quite incomparable," observes CEC member Suzana Padua in her report on the opening of the IUCN office in Brazil. CEC Chair Keith Wheeler welcomes the chance to expand Commission work in Brazil.   …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

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