Climate Change

From Marrakech 2016

IUCN news from COP22
  • Photo: © US Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters CC BY 2.0

    Wave of concern about climate impacts on oceans


    Eminent scientists and faith leaders came together at the UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech to address the urgent climate crisis in our oceans. Dr Nigel Crawhall, IUCN CEESP Chair of the Specialist Group on Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation and Climate Justice (Respecc), recounts the experience. 

  • Primary forest in central Reunion island Photo: © JP Palasi

    Statement by IUCN Director General at the UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech


    We meet at a historic moment in time. The rapid entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement, and the convening of CMA1 in Marrakech, heralds the beginning of a new era for achieving concerted global action on climate change.

  • Managed herds of reindeer are still commonly sighted roaming freely around the Seward Peninsula -- sometimes in unexpected places! Photo: NPS/Andrea Willingham

    Jeanette Koelsch: climate change and indigenous culture in Alaska


    Jeanette Koelsch is the Superintendent of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska, USA. Jeanette is a strong voice for both protected areas and for communities in the region. As an Alaskan Native she has strong personal connections with the indigenous culture of the region, making her an advocate for inclusive park management and governance.

  • Fishermen and their families empty their boat after the morning's catch. Typhoon Haiyan, locally know as Yolanda, troubled water for weeks after it passed. November 2013. Photo: Valerie Batselaere

    Safety net: climate change response and recovery in northern Panay, Philippines


    Typhoon Haiyan wrought destruction in the Philippines exactly three years ago, in November 2013. The island communities of northern Panay were particularly hard-hit. Recovery efforts relied heavily on coastal resources, and especially on fish for subsistence survival, yet boats, nets and other infrastructure were largely destroyed.

  • Sierra Nevada Photo: Montanes Castillo/CENEAM-MMA

    The IUCN Green List and Climate Change


    Protected and conserved areas have a critical role to play in mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change, and in reducing the risk of disasters caused by natural hazards and severe climate events. The IUCN Green List Standard contributes to advancing equitable governance and effective management of protected areas, including embedding climate change mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction elements, through all four components of the standard - Good Governance, Sound Design and Planning, Effective Management, and Successful Conservation Outcomes. Effectively managed protected areas are an essential part of the global response to climate change. 

  • School of Bar jack in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve Photo: © NOAA (CC BY 2.0)

    Morocco climate summit looks to the ocean for solutions


    Conserving ocean ecosystems can play an important role in combatting climate change – and one that is increasingly being recognised, writes IUCN’s Dorothee Herr from the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech. 

  • Photo: © Nigel Crawhall

    Religious leaders and civil society join forces for the climate


    How can religion and civil society help trigger behaviour change in relation to greenhouse gas emissions? Nigel Crawhall, Chair of the IUCN CEESP Specialist Group on Religion, Spirituality, Environmental Conservation and Climate Justice (Respecc), reflects on the recent Fez Climate Conscience Summit that preceded the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco. 

  • A cloud forest in Costa Rica Photo: © IUCN / Ger Bergkamp

    IUCN launches online resource on forest landscape restoration to support climate action


    Today, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched InfoFLR, an online portal with in-depth information on forest landscape restoration. InfoFLR will also house results from IUCN’s new project, the Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress – a tool to monitor the implementation of restoration commitments to the Bonn Challenge.

  • Photo: IUCN / David Sheppard

    Fostering stakeholder dialogues to catalyse forest landscapes in Indonesia


    IUCN’s Adriana Vidal and Chetan Kumar report from a panel discussion titled Multi-stakeholders Participatory Approach – Evidence from Forest Based Landscape at the Indonesia Pavilion during UNFCCC COP22 discussions in Marrakesh, Morocco. This panel examined results from South Sumatra where land management projects are seeking to incorporate a range of issues, land uses and priorities in their action plans.

  • Kelp forest Photo: NOAA (CC BY 2.0)

    Climate change dramatically disrupting nature from genes to ecosystems – study


    Gland, Switzerland, 10 November, 2016 (IUCN) – Global changes in temperature have already impacted every aspect of life on Earth from genes to entire ecosystems, with increasingly worrying consequences for humans – according to a new study co-authored by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Climate Change Specialist Group (SSC CCSG), published today in the journal Science.


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