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Sustainability Dialogue "Green Construction for Sustainable Living"

Go green through energy efficient buildings

Buildings are responsible for at least 40 percent of energy use in developing countries. As the construction industry booms, the figure is rising fast. Leading global companies have teamed up to act now because buildings can make a major contribution to tackle climate change and energy use. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Guidelines for applying protected area management categories

Enhancing the role of protected areas for conservation and livelihoods

The IUCN System of Protected Areas Management Categories, if effectively applied, can be a powerful tool to strengthen the role of protected areas in conserving biodiversity and enhancing the livelihoods of people.This is the key message from the launching of the new publication “Guidelines for Applying the IUCN System of Protected Areas Management Categories”. 

08 Oct 2008 | International news release

UNDP Equator Initiative

The movers and shakers

It seems the old ways are always the best. The Equator Prize, announced during a ceremony at the Congress, recognizes the work of communities who are conserving biodiversity and generating income through traditional methods. …  

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Bleached coral head, Bahamas.

Climate change: pushing species to the brink

Thirty-five percent of the world’s birds, 52 percent of amphibians and 71 percent of warm-water reef-building corals are likely to be particularly susceptible to climate change, the first results of an IUCN study have revealed. …   | French

08 Oct 2008 | International news release

A river in Los Katios National Park, Colombia 
by Jim Thorsell, January 1994

International consensus on forests’ vital role in fighting climate change

The world’s forests have immense potential to lessen the impacts of climate change, but if this opportunity is going to be realized, unified global action is now required, according to a remarkable alliance of international forest leaders. …  

08 Oct 2008 | International news release

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is one of the pioneers of the conservation movement. His work in broadcasting has
helped raise awareness and inspired countless people to join in the effort to protect the environment. In a recent interview for the IUCN's World Conservation Congress, he shared his views on the following key issues: …  

08 Oct 2008 | Video

Evening News World Conservation Congress 2008 Oct 07

Evening News Oct 7

Are computers poisoning the planet? How do Indigenous people manage biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation? Can we reduce poverty through conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity? What is the value of nature? Can we transform nature into economic value? …  

07 Oct 2008 | Video

Water workshop, 7 October 2008, Barcelona

Critics challenge conservationists to emulate business leaders for change

Two days after IUCN's President called on the world's corporate executives to seat environmental leaders on every board of directors, critics at the World Conservation Congress countered that environmental leaders must urgently learn and adopt business management approaches, otherwise the conservation movement will continue to “fail” to achieve the impacts it has been seeking for decades. …  

07 Oct 2008 | News story

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Terraviva News

Terraviva is the daily newspaper of the World Conservation Congress. Read about climate change, the financial crisis, eco-friendly driving, mining and indigenous people. …  

07 Oct 2008 | News story

Construction of Masdar - the world's first verifiably sustainable city - began in February of 2008.

Local action, global benefits

An exciting new network partnership – the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity – was launched today by IUCN, mayors from around the globe and international organizations in the latest of the series of Sustainability Dialogues at Congress. …  

07 Oct 2008 | News story

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