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3 FLEG publications

3 new publications from the Strengthening Voices for Better Choices project

SVBC has issued three new publications on its forest governance work in Asia... …  

09 Apr 2009 | News story
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Goodman's Mouse Lemur

Lemurs and giant tortoises in Zurich, Switzerland

Every five minutes a piece of rainforest, the size of the Masoala Rainforest in the Zurich zoo, is destroyed in Madagascar. Poaching, illegal wood trade and slash burning have put an end to over 90 percent of the rainforests in one of the poorest countries in the world. …  

08 Apr 2009 | Video

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Forests are a guerrilla’s best friend

If diamonds are a guerrilla’s best friend (as Paul Collier says in his book The Bottom Billion), then forests must come a close second. Forests have long provided armed groups with hiding places and lucrative funding sources, and ‘conflict’ timber has helped support many war machines worldwide. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Castillo de Santa Cruz

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation participates in an international seminar for cooperation in managing protected areas

The seminar, which was organised by CEIDA (Centre for Continuing Education and the Dissemination of Environmental Information of Galicia), was held in the Santa Cruz Castle in Oleiros (A Coruña) from 26 to 27 March and was attended by the Spanish Liaison Officer of IUCN-Med, Andrés Alcántara. To end the event, representatives from the protected areas signed a Declaration of Intent for a joint collaboration which will be directed by CEIDA and IUCN.     …   | Spanish

08 Apr 2009 | International news release

SHARE side event

Sharing water across boundaries

Approximately 260 international river basins cover nearly half of the earth’s surface, provide an estimated 60 percent of the world’s freshwater, and are home to 40 percent of the world’s population. Leading up to World Water Day on 22 March, at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, IUCN presented one of its latest publications, “Share: Managing Water Across Boundaries”, which focuses on transboundary cooperation of shared water resources. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Kalama Conservancy in Kenya’s dry lands of Samburu District

IUCN drylands strategy gains momentum

IUCN ESARO organised and hosted a Global Drylands strategy meeting at the Wasaa Conservation Area from March 16th – 19th. Participants came from around the world and included Regional Technical Coordinators, Commission members and Staff from the Ecosystem Management Programme in Gland. This positive and productive three day meeting led to an agreement over the Dryland Programme’s strategic objectives and a plan of action for developing a Global Drylands Initiative. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Members of Ruvu community in the Pangani River Basin and participants during a field visit

Training workshop clarifies the link between climate and livelihoods

The Global Water Initiative recently organized a workshop on CRiSTAL (Community-based Risk Screening - Adaptation and Livelihoods) for its implementing partners in Tanzania. The three-day CRiSTAL workshop, held in Same District of Kilimanjaro Region, was facilitated by IUCN’s Regional Climate Change Coordinator Excellent Hachileka and drew 18 participants from Tanzania’s central and local government agencies and NGOs. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Holcim Spain and the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Med) sign an agreement to develop initiatives for the protection of the environment and biodiversity

The objective of this cooperation agreement between the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Med) and Holcim Spain is to develop a series of short-term joint activities and to establish a future collaboration framework in order to begin new conservation and restoration projects of the natural surroundings affected by the industrial activities of the company. The primary aim of the agreement, which has been given a budget of 18,000 euro and is of 6 months duration, is to advise Holcim as to how to adequately integrate ecological and social aspects when setting into action a Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the quarry of the cement factory in Torredonjimeno,located near Jaén (Spain).     …   | French | Spanish

08 Apr 2009 | International news release

Black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)

IUCN statement on Madagascar

IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas note with concern the recent reports alleging illegal logging and poaching in Madagascar’s natural forests, and particularly in its national parks. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story

Photo PES side event

Legal and Institutional Frameworks of Water-related Payments for Ecosystem Services Schemes

At the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) held a side event in the IUCN Pavilion in order to share the findings of its current work on water-related payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes. The results of PES case studies from 4 Andean countries (Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia) were presented to an interested audience. …  

07 Apr 2009 | News story
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