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  • Barcelona Congress Photo: IUCN

    Registration for the World Conservation Congress is now online


    The online registration system for the World Conservation Congress, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from 5 to 14 October, is now open. The Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Be a part of it and register now! You can also...

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    IUCN announces candidates for election at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona


    On 7 September, 2007, the Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, wrote to all voting Members of IUCN inviting them to suggest names for consideration by Council for the positions of President, Treasurer and Chairs of IUCN’s Commissions and to submit...

  • Squacco Heron, Danube Delta, Romania Photo: Alastair Rae

    Systems that save biodiversity


    Regulations cannot guarantee conservation of biodiversity, reveals the EU-funded research project GEM-CON-BIO. The most successful governance patterns for biodiversity conservation are based on a mix of financial incentives, regulations and voluntary...

  • Building Biodiversity Business Photo: IUCN Shell

    Building Biodiversity Business


    The challenge of building biodiversity business is not trivial. Biodiversity is still largely neglected by private finance. There is a need to develop new business models and market mechanisms for biodiversity conservation, and to persuade the public and...

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    Understanding the Private Demand for International Ecosystem Services - A survey of public attitudes and preferences in Geneva, Switzerland


    During November and December of 2007, a survey of public attitudes and preferences on international ecosystem services was carried out in Geneva, Switzerland. This report provides some preliminary results of consumers' willingness to pay for the conservation...

  • Greening growth Photo: IUCN Photo Library (c) Philippe Tous

    Greening Growth and the Bottom Line


    Investing in nature conservation makes economic and business sense. New models of conservation can create and expand markets, sustain profitable enterprise, boost business reputations and build company pride.

  • Biodiversity offsets Photo: IUCN

    Biodiversity Offsets: Views, experience, and the business case


    Biodiversity offsets are conservation activities intended to compensate for the residual, unavoidable harm to biodiversity caused by development projects. Recent experience with regulatory regimes, such as wetland and conservation banking in the USA, tradable...


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