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  • Capitalising on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue Photo: IISD Reporting Services

    Capitalising on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue


    The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity set the stage for more than 190 countries to step up efforts to protect the world’s ecosystems. The conference took place in Egypt, 17 – 29 November 2018, under the overarching theme “Investing in biodiversity for people and planet” and resulted in the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration.

  • IUCN side event COP14 Photo: Boris Erg

    Is regional cooperation a good return on investment?


    Boris Erg, Director of IUCN's regional office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia: "The message I brought along was very simple. The whole could be greater than the sum of its parts".

  • The development and use of biodiversity indicators in business The development and use of biodiversity indicators in business. Photo: Shutterstock

    Navigating business indicators on biodiversity just got easier


    Paris, France, 29 November 2018 (IUCN) – Businesses struggling to identify indicators to measure their environmental performance will benefit from a new report released today by IUCN and Oxford University during Natural Capital Week.

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Photo: IUCN

    Nature conservation systems of South-Eastern Europe


    IUCN has released today at the CBD COP14 in Sharm El Sheikh the “State of nature conservation systems in South-Eastern Europe”, a first comprehensive report on institutional arrangements for nature conservation in the region that will serve decision-makers, experts and the donor community to shape and implement nature-related policies and activities.

  • Announcement of UNDP joining PANORAMA at CBD COP - 14 Trevor Sandwith, Director Global Protected Areas Programme, IUCN, and Midori Paxton, Head of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNDP at the PANORAMA side event during CBD COP14, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt   Photo: Carolin Hoffmann, GIZ

    Welcoming UNDP to the PANORAMA family


    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has joined as the latest partner to the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet Initiative, in the role of co-coordinator for PANORAMA’s “Protected Areas” (PA) thematic community.

  • Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Muthurajawela marsh, Sri Lanka. Photo: Sriyanie Miththapala

    Why nature needs an ambitious recovery plan


    Jonny Hughes: A new global plan for nature is under development in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt this week where governments from around the world are meeting at the Convention on Biological Diversity.  

  • New PANORAMA Solutions theme features business engagement Photo: IUCN

    PANORAMA initiative expands to showcase civil society engagement on business and biodiversity


    Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 23 November 2018 (IUCN) –  A new PANORAMA theme exploring how civil society can engage with business aims to scale up new partnerships and action to mainstream biodiversity across different sectors -- a key objective of the UN Biodiversity Conference taking place here this month.

  • Corals Red Sea Corals at Ras Mohammed National Park, Egypt Photo: mindgrow [CC BY-SA 2-0]. from flickr

    IUCN lists 15 new sites as world’s best protected areas


    Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 24 November 2018 (IUCN) – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has admitted 15 new natural sites to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the first global standard recognising best practice in protected areas. Sites in Egypt, France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates received the certification today at the ongoing UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt, bringing the total number of sites on the IUCN Green List to 40.

  • Privately Protected Areas Management BPG Photo: IUCN

    Privately Protected Areas Management Guidelines


    The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is pleased to announce the publication of Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas produced by the IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship, with many contributors from many nations and cultures. These Guidelines provide illustration from field experience on how best to manage, govern, evaluate and conserve privately protected areas globally.  The guidelines are the latest in the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines Series.

  • Dyfi valley - wet Photo: Nigel Dudley/Equilibrium Research/WCPA

    Good floods and bad floods


    Nigel Dudley, member of IUCN WCPA, brings to CBD COP14 stories that highlights the importance of protected areas and the services they provide. 


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