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  • Report looks at the impacts of the apparel sector value chains on biodiversity. Photo: Jay Phagan

    Fashion industry must urgently reduce its impact on nature


    The fashion industry is contributing to the degradation of the world’s biodiversity and undermining nature’s ability to provide ecosystem services to society, according to a report released by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  • Ecosystems for Life Photo: IUCN

    Could conservation become a new investment asset class?


    A new IUCN-backed report released yesterday identifies three new investment structures that could help catalyse finance to meet the world’s pressing environmental challenges and sustainable growth goals.

  • Park rangers Photo: Max Jenes

    Nominate your Heritage Hero!


    Do you know someone who is doing outstanding conservation work for a  natural World Heritage site? Would you like to see this person  recognised for their exemplary contribution? If so, get in touch! Update: nominations are now closed

  • Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Algeria Photo: Salah Amorkane

    This is a woman’s world (heritage)


    Working as a female expert in a largely male-dominated sector as nature conservation can present challenges. This is especially the case in cultures where women in charge are often perceived negatively, such as in the Arab region. Haifaa Abdulhalim is one...

  • IUCN World Heritage Panel 2015 Photo: IUCN World Heritage Programme

    Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage in 2016


    IUCN’s World Heritage Panel gathered last December to consider 12 files for possible inscriptions of natural sites on the World Heritage List in 2016. This includes proposals for boundary changes in two natural World Heritage sites in Russia. As the...

  • WaterSUM Photo: iucnrowa

    Better sustainable use of water resources in the Middle East and North Africa


    In an effort to help countries in the region find better ways to sustainably use their water resources, the Water SUM project embarked on training local coordinators and focal points about local water security action planning in Tunesia this month. ...

  • Inauguration of the final Conference of the MEET project in Barcelona. Photo: MEET project

    IUCN publishes a field guide after acheivements through the MEET ecotourism project


     MEET celebrates 3 years of ecotourism achievements in a closing ceremony in Barcelona after 3 years of activities with regional partners

  • Nam Xong River at Vang Vieng, Lao PDR Photo: Charlotte Hicks/IUCN Lao PDR

    New Infographic and Blog: Unseen and unrecognised - allocating water to nature in river systems


    By Rebecca Welling. Water for nature is too often sidelined in discussions around built water infrastructure development and subsequent water allocation needs. With increasing demands for food and energy production from a growing global population, many...

  • Earth inside water droplet Photo: danymages Shutterstock

    Paris climate deal increases hopes for a sustainable future


    Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.

  • Fazlun Khalid, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    Faith leaders join forces for climate action


    As part of its diverse series of events at COP21, IUCN convened a multi-faith panel on climate ethics and action, calling for the environmental community to reach out to a broad range of interests and beliefs in restoring the health of the planet.


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