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  • World Wetlands Day 2017 Photo: ©Ramsar Convention

    World Wetlands Day: Strengthening resilience and collaboration to reduce disaster risk


    On February 2nd the world celebrates its wetlands – complex ecosystems that provide a wide variety of services and benefits for people and nature.  Wetlands such as estuaries, mangroves, marshes, and swamps play, beyond their biological...

  • karen_women_and_children Photo: Kesan

    Building conservation and peace in Myanmar


    “All ethnic peoples have the same political aspirations – peace, self-determination and environmental sustainability” - Paul Sein Twa, Karen leader from Myanmar

  • Hawaii Fishpond Fishpond work at the E Alu Pu Gathering, IUCN WCC Photo: Mark Holladay Lee, Holladay Photo

    Hawaii: Moving Forward Together


    The community E Alu Pū Global Gathering (28-31 August 2016), hosted by the E Alu Pū network and convened by Kua’ Āina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA), started on 28 August in a campsite at the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Hale’iwa on Oahu. E Alu Pu means “Move...

  • Vote for your Heritage Hero


    Five outstanding individuals in three natural World Heritage sites have been shortlisted as Heritage Heroes for their exceptional work in protecting some of the world's most precious natural areas. Discover their inspiring stories and decide who will...

  • WISE-UP project logo Photo: ©IUCN

    Balancing complexity and simplicity: the challenge of (re)packaging science for decision-making and policy relevance


    WISE-UP to Climate is a multi-partnership project focussing on natural infrastructure, water security and climate change adaptation in the Tana and Volta River Basins. Using an innovative approach to catalyse change on the ground, the project aims to...

  • Women harvesting rice, Vietnam Photo: Hoang Tran/Shutterstock_com

    World Water Day - Blog: 'Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off'


    By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund managers spend an afternoon in a Zurich café talking about nature? For opportunity and innovation

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • North of Yinchuan, restored forests guard ancient Buddhist holy sites. Restoration experts from Brazil met with Chinese colleagues last month to explore such sites and share knowledge on how to accomplish cost-effective and large-scale restoration. Photo: IUCN

    Leaders pledge to restore additional 18 million hectares of critical landscapes as part of global target


    Government and business representatives from Burundi, Honduras, India, Mexican States, KPK province of Pakistan and Asia Pulp and Paper have announced new pledges today to restore up to 18 million hectares of degraded forests, as part of the UN climate change...

  • Water focus square Photo: © Taco Anema

    COP21: Climate change and water - interview with IUCN's Mark Smith


    'Water and Climate Resilience' was the focus of the third day of the UN climate change conference in Paris. In this newly released video interview, Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, talks about the key role water plays in the climate...


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