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The vicuña, a wild South American camelid adapted to the high Andean region

Can high fashion help the high Andes?

The growing demand for luxury clothing is helping to secure one of South America’s threatened species—the vicuña—but can it also secure the livelihoods of the poor Andean communities who produce vicuña fibre? …  

10 Dec 2010 | News story

Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda

Fast track funding for climate

Fast track climate funding for vulnerable mountain communities was announced today by the government of Germany. The programme, to be carried out by IUCN, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will assess vulnerability among communities and farmers to droughts and floods linked with rising regional temperatures and the loss of glaciers and ice. …  

10 Dec 2010 | News story

Chalet de l'UICN à Montreux

IUCN highlights how biodiversity and development are intimately linked during summit of French-speaking countries.

IUCN made sure that biodiversity was high on the agenda when 70 heads of State and 3,000 delegates gathered for the 13th Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland earlier this year.   | French

10 Dec 2010 | News story

SEO - Birdlife

SEO/BirdLife, la Consejería de Industria, Energía y Medio Ambiente de Extremadura y el Ayuntamiento de Cáceres colaboran en la conservación del águila imperial Ibérica

Cáceres es la localidad número 100 de la Red de Municipios por el Águila Imperial, garantizando así la conservación de la especie en el término municipal más extenso de España. El Convenio presentado hoy en Cáceres se enmarca dentro del Programa Alzando el Vuelo que desarrolla SEO/BirdLife y que cuenta con la colaboración de la Fundación Biodiversidad y Adif y el apoyo de Obra Social Caja Madrid. …  

10 Dec 2010 | International news release
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Shallow black tip shark

Study calls for EU ban on removing shark fins at sea

Shark fisheries experts say in a report released today that to strengthen the European Union’s ban on shark finning, EU fishermen should no longer be permitted to remove shark fins on board ships, and that loopholes in EU regulations make it possible for fishermen to fin an estimated two out of every three sharks without detection or punishment. …  

09 Dec 2010 | News story

Fagaloa Bay, Upolu Island, Samoa

Small islands take the stage in Cancun

Working with six Pacific Island Governments, IUCN's Energy Programme has been implementing the project "Managing the Ecosystem and Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States". Today in Cancun at the UN Climate Talks, the Italian government which co-finances the project brought together representatives of these six Pacific nations.   …  

09 Dec 2010 | News story

Forest, Viet Nam

Working at REDD in Vietnam

Governments in Cancun need to close a deal on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and reach an agreement to make it a central part of the new climate agreement. One country that is already working on making REDD a reality in the conference room and also in the field is Vietnam. …  

08 Dec 2010 | News story

UNFCCC Cancun, host county logo

Climate talks enter the end game

Climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico are hotting up with Heads of State and government ministers taking turns to lay out what they want to see come out of this key meeting.   …  

08 Dec 2010 | News story

PNN Defensores del Chaco

Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN

Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2010 | International news release

IYB wins Best International Campaign

International Year of Biodiversity wins Green Award for 'best campaign'

The IYB has won a Green Award for Best International Campaign. Members of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) played key roles: Laurie Bennett of Futerra led strategy on brand and messaging, Frits Hesselink conducted a global survey on the logo and content, and David Ainsworth of the CBD promoted the campaign. …  

07 Dec 2010 | News story

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