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  • Caribbean Projet Amaweca Equipe - Martinique Caribbean Project Amaweca Team - Martinique Photo: Carole Martinez

    BEST RUP: Reviving the knowledge and use of creole medicinal plants


    Local medicinal plants have been used for a long time in Martinique to treat everyday health problems. Known under the creole appellation of “Rimèd Razié”, the recipes exploiting the elemental secrets of these plants have been mastered by generations. To keep...

  • Neville Yapp (LEAP) facilitates a session on community-based governance of natural resources within the Lower-Kinabatangan Segama Wetlands Ramsar Site (Sabah, Malaysia) Photo: Harry Driver Jonas

    Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs): Exploring the Potential in Asia


    Other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) are becoming an increasingly important topic in the discussions leading up to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. As a contribution to the dialogue, the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP)...

  • Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah, CEO of Nature Seychelles Photo: Nature Seychelles

    The Business Case for Conservation – reflections at the time of COVID-19


    Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, Nature Seychelles’ CEO, argues that nature’s infrastructure and its services to people and planet are the heart of a productive and heathy nation and must be protected at all times to help us bounce back from crises.

  • Saint Lucia Pitons The Pitons Management Area (PMA), UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo: IUCN/Justin Springer

    Saint Lucia equipped with a management effectiveness assessment tool


    The BIOPAMA programme continues to strengthen the capacity of protected area stakeholders across the Caribbean by creating tools to assess Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME). The programme has been working with the Department of Sustainable...

  • Rome Photo: Free images Pixabay

    Do as the Romans do: dodging the virus to create a better world?


    The events of the past weeks have brought into sharp focus the dire situation that faces the planet and all humanity. At the end of February, the Convention on Biological Diversity convened the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on a post-...

  • David Boyd Photo: David Boyd

    Governance and rights: Consultations on human rights and the environment - Take part online!


    The IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme has recently attended a special consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Liliane Parany Liliane Parany in Tsimanampesotse National Park, Madagascar Photo: Liliane Parany

    An inspring woman in conservation, Liliane Parany


    This month, to celebrate International Women’s day and women in conservation, our inspiring person is Liliane Parany. Passionate conservationist, Senior Conservation Officer at the Direction of Operations of Madagascar National Parks and a member of the...

  • Ol Kinyei Conservancy Photo: IUCN Green List

    Ol Kinyei, pioneering conservation models in the Mara ecosystem


    Ol Kinyei Conservancy in Kenya is the first in the Mara ecosystem where an area of over 8,000 acres was set aside by the community for wildlife and without the presence of human settlements and cattle. Ol Kineyei achieved IUCN Green List status in 2018 for...

  • Waterfalls in Togitogiga Reserve, Samoa Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Imène Méliane 2007

    Samoa: improved government capacity to map protected and conserved areas


    The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) completed a national training for Samoa’s government officers across environment and fisheries sectors. The training was...

  • Post 2020 CBD workshop Feb 2020 Photo: Barbara Lassen

    Human Rights as an enabling condition in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework


    An expert workshop held prior to the second round of negotiations on the post-2020 framework of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) culminated in the proposal of key points for inclusion in the existing zero draft.


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