Mama mutere tree

What’s in it for me? Engaging local communities in conservation

Edmund Barrow, Regional Forest Advisor from IUCN’s Forest Conservation Programme in Africa, is based in Nairobi but supports the Forest Programme across the whole continent. Engagement with local communities is a very important part of his work. Here he talks about the challenges that this entails and how conservation work can bring real-life benefits both to people and to the environment. …  

21 May 2010 | Audio

Mangroves plantation

Science and policy – a perfect dialogue for the future of conservation

How important are the issues discussed in Nairobi for the future of global efforts to reduce the loss of biodiversity? Why do we need to consider biodiversity together with climate change and why does the world of conservation need increased dialogue between science and policy? Neville Ash, Head of IUCN’s Ecosystems management Programme explains: …  

17 May 2010 | Audio

Securing the sustainability of the Mount Elgon forest ecosystem, Kenya - Uganda

Conservation challenges in Eastern and Southern Africa

A lack of technical know-how and limited funding are some of the problems faced by IUCN and its members in Eastern and Southern Africa, where work is continuing to focus on the region's drylands, forests, inland waterways, coastal and marine environments. Hastings Chikoko, Head of IUCN South Africa and Head of Constituency Support and Communications for Eastern and Southern Africa, has been attending talks in Nairobi which will affect the Convention on Biological Diversity. He says that getting across the message that conservation and development can work alongside each other is key to work in the region.

15 May 2010 | Audio

Youth activity (Water Lily nursery)

Water for nature, water for people

Water, biodiversity and livelihoods are directly linked and we cannot look at them separately. Dr Emmanuel Mwendera, Water Programme Coordinator from IUCN’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, explains how IUCN is working to make sure that water resources are managed in a sustainable manner – both for the benefit of the environment and for the benefit of local communities. …  

14 May 2010 | Audio

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji.

Protected Areas under Nairobi spotlight

Protected Areas capture the breadth of the planet's biodiversity. They've been the focus of talks during the first few days of a conference in Nairobi which aims to ensure that work carried out under the Convention on Biological Diversity has a sound scientific base. Nikita Lopoukhine, Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, looks at the progress on Protected Areas. …  

12 May 2010 | Audio

In the Cendrawasih Bay National Park, Birds Neck area, West Papua

Hopes and fears for science talks in Nairobi

This month a meeting will take place in Nairobi in Kenya where scientists, including a delegation from IUCN, will meet with the world’s governments to advise them on the best way forward to save all life on earth, the planet’s biodiversity. The conference, known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice or SBSTTA, is a crucial part of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Decisions taken in Nairobi will provide a scientific basis for the convention, which will meet in Nagoya in Japan later this year.
Jane Smart is the Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group. She says that this year’s talks, to stem the loss of biodiversity, are critical.

02 May 2010 | Audio

Gray whale breaching

What next for biodiversity targets

The 2010 biodiversity target was adopted in May 2002 during the sixth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. It aimed to achieve, by 2010 ‘a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth’. Unfortunately, the latest analysis of the IUCN Red List shows this target has not been met. As we are facing an ever-increasing biodiversity crisis, we need a new, clear and realistic target to respond to it.  …  

01 Mar 2010 | Audio