Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated for through biodiversity offsets, 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.
New guidance launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges the World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas, and large landscapes and seascapes, as they are increasingly threatened, including by climate change. It explains how this can be achieved through existing mechanisms, identifies broad gaps where new wilderness World Heritage sites might be found, and suggests innovation to help the Convention better respond to threats to wilderness. Wilderness areas are crucial as they protect massive carbon stocks, ensure clean freshwater supplies, and safeguard biodiversity. They are often home to Indigenous Peoples, whose livelihoods, lifestyles and worldviews are inseparable from these natural areas.
Gland, Switzerland – IUCN former President, globally recognised environmentalist Yolanda Kakabadse, will Chair the new IUCN independent scientific and technical advisory panel on the restoration of the Rio Doce watershed in Brazil, following the 2015 collapse of the Fundão tailings dam at the Samarco iron ore mine.