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From Bonn 2017

IUCN news from COP23
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    The Bonn Challenge and the Paris Agreement: How can forest landscape restoration advance Nationally Determined Contributions?


    IUCN advocates that key international climate change mitigation targets called NDCs, in order to be strengthened, should be translated into robust, ambitious and implementable policy instruments to bridge the global emissions gap and enhance the adaptive capacity of social and environmental systems. A recent brief with new analysis and discussion demonstrates that FLR plays a key role.

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    SEE economies to coordinate their biodiversity conservation activities


    The newly established Biodiversity Taskforce (BD TF), formed of representatives of the economies of South East Europe, met for the first time on November 14 2017 in Belgrade. Participants underlined the importance of fostering regional cooperation and giving a unified voice on issues concerning biodiversity protection. Conclusions from the meeting were presented at the Ministerial Conference of Southeast European Nations held during the Climate Change Conference –UN COP 23.

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    Assessments of Nature-Based Solutions within NDCs: Where we are and what next?


    An expert panel on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) was held in the IUCN Pavilion at the UNFCCC COP23, on November 10, to present the work that have been done by IUCN and its partners in assessing how countries have integrated ecosystems/nature-based solutions within their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), from different perspectives, and how they can build on them further together.

  • Siim Kissler, Minister of Environment, Estonia, EU Presidency, discusses ways to scale up the use of nature based solutions in Europe and thanks IUCN for the support provided Photo: Estonian Environment Minister Siim Kiissler (right), and Luc Bas, Director, IUCN European Regional Office (Credit: IUCN)

    COP23 event showcases EU leadership on nature-based solutions


    National and regional government officials as well as representatives from the European Commission, business and civil society took part in a panel discussion organised by IUCN Europe at the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn on Tuesday 14 November on the role of nature-based solutions in helping Europe to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The discussion provided an opportunity to exchange best practices on nature-based solutions as well as ideas for scaling-up implementation in Europe.

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    PANORAMA-Solutions for a Healthy Planet launches new 'Agriculture and Biodiversity' theme at UNFCCC COP23


    The initiative 'PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet' presented its vision and functions in a side event at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.  With more than 90 attendees, 'PANORAMA' launched a new thematic community on 'Agriculture and Biodiversity'. The global partnership initiative features an innovative knowledge sharing approach in nature conservation and sustainable development linking practitioners across sectors and regions.

  • IUCN Director General Inger Andersen delivers IUCN's official statement to UNFCCC COP23 Photo: IISD/ENB - Kiara Worth

    IUCN statement to UN Climate Change Conference 2017


    During the 16 November plenary session of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23), IUCN Director General Inger Andersen delivered IUCN’s official statement on nature’s valuable contributions in addressing climate change. Read the full statement below. 

  • Inger Andersen Photo: Mark Gnadt/IUCN

    IUCN to enhance countries’ restoration efforts under the Paris climate agreement as Bonn Challenge passes 160 million hectares


    Bonn, Germany – At the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP23) in Bonn, Germany, IUCN shared its plans for increased effort to enhance countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by building on the Bonn Challenge and existing forest landscape restoration commitments.

  • Panel Outlook launch Martin Frick Inger Andersen Photo: IUCN

    IUCN and United Nations leaders join at climate change conference to discuss natural World Heritage


    This week at the 2017 UN conference on climate change in Bonn (COP23), IUCN highlighted how natural World Heritage is both affected by climate change and provides solutions to its challenges. IUCN Director General Inger Andersen, UNFCCC Senior Director Martin Frick and IUCN experts gathered to launch the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2, which reveals that the number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has nearly doubled in three years. IUCN also presented its work on the benefits of natural World Heritage and on wilderness areas, which help species survive climate change events.

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    IUCN, Keeping it Legal at the UNFCCC COP 23


    Last Sunday, in a rainy city in Germany, lawyers, students, policymakers, conservationists and private sector representatives from around the world gathered to discuss the future of the planet.  Led by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, in collaboration with UN Agencies, State Party Delegations, NGOs and other partners, they met within the framework of the UNFCCC COP23 to discuss how to use legal tools to address the challenges of climate change.  Their moto:  “Keep it legal”.

  • woman and boy sitting in tree  nursery Photo: IUCN

    SDG2 and forest landscape restoration come together at COP23


    Climate action for zero hunger is the theme at the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP23) on November 14th. IUCN and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) take this opportunity to explore the relationship between forest landscape restoration (FLR) and food security at the IUCN pavilion. A recent web story tells us more about their findings.


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