Conservation made clear - December 2011
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Promoting natural solutions

While some countries and communities around the world are making progress in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change, we need to make far greater use of the solutions that nature offers us. Sustainably managing ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and coastal areas can simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and help people adapt to the impacts that are being felt across the world.

Our experts are promoting these natural solutions at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place in Durban, South Africa from 28 November to 9 December.

> Read more about IUCN's position at the UN summit
> Watch Stewart Maginnis explain what IUCN is pushing for at the conference
> Official UNFCCC conference website
Stewart Maginnis

Durban diary


Throughout the conference, IUCN's delegation will be giving the inside view on what's happening and an insight into the key issues at stake.

> Follow the conference day by day

A message to Durban from IUCN’s goodwill ambassadors

Pierre-Yves Cousteau

Stepping up for Nature, IUCN’s Goodwill Ambassadors send their message to decision makers at the UN climate summit.

> Read the messages

Bold steps needed

Claire Parker

IUCN’s Senior Climate Change Policy Adviser, Claire Parker, describes the current state of play regarding the negotiations and what steps IUCN wants to see at the UN climate summit.

> Read more

Strengthening the defences


Nowhere are the effects of climate change being felt more than the Pacific Islands where governments are starting to realise the importance of managing ecosystems in a sustainable way to help their countries adapt to this growing challenge.

> Read full story

Taking matters into their own hands

Sahel crops where woodland has been cleared for farming, Diourbel region, Senegal

Climate change means the drylands of West Africa are likely to become more arid and less productive. In the Sahel region, which has been plagued by drought in recent decades, farmers are using natural methods to boost their resilience.

> Read full story

Promoting local innovations for climate change adaptation

Bamboo fence to protect coastal erosion, local wisdom of Kok Kham community, Samutsakorn, Thailand

IUCN and Mangroves for the Future are looking at solving problems related to drinking water in a village in the Bang Chan Sub-district, Chanthaburi Province, Thailand. This is part of a project called 'Promoting Location Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation.'

> Watch the video

Test your knowledge

A timber lorry in Kongo village, Cameroon How much do you know about climate change?
> Take the quiz on Facebook and share your score
> Take the quiz on our website


Facts and figures

Grey Lake glacier in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. At risk from rising global temperatures Climate change at a glance.
> Read more
> More about Climate Change


Climate change in pictures

Polar bear Browse our photo galleries!
> The nature of climate change
> The REDD solution
> Adapting to change



Check here for selected publications about climate change, or search our catalogue.
> Selected Publications
> Search catalogue


The acid truth about our oceans

Cuvierina columnella Experts urge action to limit ocean acidification
> Read more


Discovering the deep seas

Aurélie Spadone IUCN's Aurélie Spadone has embarked on a mission to explore seamounts in the Indian Ocean.
> Read the expedition blog


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Photo credits: Header banner © Andre Seale, Dennis Kjellqvist; Expert © IUCN; IUCN's Position © Taco Anema; Durban diary © COP17; A message to Durban © Pierre-Yves Cousteau; Strengthening the defences © Pepe Clarke; Taking matters into their own hands © Michael Mortimore; Protected, naturally © IUCN; Promoting local innovations © Radda Larpnun; quiz © Christian Laufenberg; Facts and figures © Sue Mainka; photo gallery © SOS; Other news © Hopcroft UAF/COML.; © Aurélie Spadone