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IUCN statement on the situation in Gaza

Like many other international organizations, the International Union for Conservation of Nature is supporting the call for an immediate cease-fire in the current military operations in Gaza. Political and military questions aside, IUCN believes that the serious humanitarian and environmental crisis unfolding in Gaza has to be addressed without delay. …  

13 Jan 2009 | News story

Prime Minister of Pakistan addressing the Regional Conference on Climate Change 2009

Climate change an economic threat, say experts

Climate change an economic threat, say experts
Islamabad, Pakistan, 13 January, 2009 (IUCN) – Climatic changes are likely to intensify the environmental stresses that lead to land degradation, shortfalls in food production, rural poverty and urban unrest. This was stated by Dr R.K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in his keynote speech delivered on Tuesday at a two-day regional conference, “Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for South Asia”. …  

13 Jan 2009 | International news release

Hilary Benn observing the local industry of Huayuan Village

Hilary Benn’s Trip to Huayuan Village

Hilary Benn, UK’s Secretary of State for the Environment, visited LLS field site of Huayuan Village.  …  

13 Jan 2009 | News story
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Convention on Biological Diversity

Workshop on traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources and the international regime on access and benefit sharing

In December, Jane Bulmer attended a workshop on traditional knowledge and the International ABS regime. The workshop was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management in Vienna  and brought together 25 participants, acting in their personal capacity to encourage an open exchange of views. …  

12 Jan 2009 | News story

Workshop on Participatory approaches

IUCN trains stakeholders on participatory approaches in water resource management

Using participatory approaches in water resources management has become extremely vital to insure achieving a mutual goal and come up with a win-win situation among stakeholders. IUCN West Asia/Middle East Regional Water Resources & Drylands Programme (REWARD) in cooperation with MercyCorps conducted a training workshop on Participatory Approach for Integrated Water Resources Management in Jordan during 4-6 January 2009. …  

12 Jan 2009 | News story

First IUCN Council Meeting, February 2009

The 33 Members of the IUCN Council elected in Barcelona will gather at their first full meeting on 2-4 February 2009 at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.  

09 Jan 2009 | News story

Rubber plantation in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China.

IUCN supporting sustainable rubber development in Lao PDR

IUCN Lao PDR recently supported a consultation workshop on investment trends and actors in the Lao rubber sector, working with the National Economic Research Institute. …  

08 Jan 2009 | News story

Birdlife International

Seychelles success story

This week BirdLife International and Nature Seychelles (BirdLife in Seychelles) are celebrating the anniversary of one the world’s greatest conservation success stories. In 1968, Cousin Island was purchased by the International Council of Bird Preservation (ICBP now BirdLife International) to save the last remaining population of Seychelles Warbler Acrocephalus sechellensis from extinction. Forty years on, warbler numbers have risen by 300%, and the island has been transformed from a coconut plantation to a profitable Nature Reserve which greatly benefits local people and global biodiversity. 

07 Jan 2009 | News story

Malayan Box Turtle

Illegal trade in Malayan Box Turtles continues

The Malayan Box Turtle is disappearing across Malaysia despite a ban on its export, finds a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network and a joint programme between IUCN and WWF. The turtles are in high demand in East Asia for their meat and for use in traditional Chinese medicine. …  

07 Jan 2009 | News story

Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

A monumental decision for the oceans

President Bush today will formally designate three areas in the Pacific as Marine National Monuments. IUCN has been one of the major partners of the U.S. Government in the creation of these marine protected areas. The scientific and technical advice provided by IUCN to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has paid off, as it will result in the creation of the world’s largest ocean protected area covering 195,280 square miles. …  

06 Jan 2009 | International news release

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