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Monday, March 21st, 2011

World’s Poorest Billion to Gain From Managing Own Forests

The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest dependent communities. Only a small fraction of the US$ 12 billion

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Foundation for Climate Deal Laid in Cancun

Governments at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, managed to approve a series of tangible if modest steps that sets up a “global climate fund” to help poor nations, create a mechanism to share clean technologies, protect tropical forests and help the poor adapt to impacts ranging from storms to rising sea levels, says

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Seawater Chemistry Changing Rapidly

Manmade ocean acidification will have profound impacts on marine life, even without a further increase of CO₂ emissions. Latest evidence shows that sea water chemistry is already changing and only rapid and huge reductions of fossil fuel use and deforestation can help restore ocean’s health, according to IUCN. A new guide, Ocean Acidification: Questions Answered,

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Invasive Species and Climate Change form a ‘Deadly Duo’, Warn Top Scientists

Two of the greatest threats to the natural world –  invasive species and climate change – when combined, not only have devastating impacts on the environment but can also cost countries ten per cent of their Gross Domestic Product. In a report, released this week in Nagoya, Japan, scientists are urging countries to take immediate

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Study Calls for Wider Recognition of Nature’s Contribution to Human Livelihoods, Health, Security and Culture

The central economic importance of the world’s natural assets is now firmly on the political radar as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss, the head of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Dutch Grant for Ecosystem Alliance

  IUCN, Wetlands International and Both Ends can still submit their detailed proposal in order to compete for the Dutch Co-financing System for development grant (MFS II) with their program “The Ecosystem Alliance: Empowering People and Nature ‘development.” The proposal concerned a five year programme in which the three organizations will jointly work on sustainable

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Sharing the Benefits of REDD

Full participation of forest communities is indispensable for REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, plus conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) to be a success, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) says in a new study. Read More

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Signs of Renewed Confidence in Bonn

Climate talks in Bonn healed some of the wounds left by the great disappointment of the Copenhagen Climate Summit last December. Following two weeks of talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), there is now renewed hope that the building blocks for a global climate deal can be adopted at the next

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Coasts of Life: Helping Tropical Seaside Communities Cope with Climate Change

Climate change is hitting coastal areas hard: rises in sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme events, bleaching and death of coral are all climate impacts that will require adjustments socially and economically. A new IUCN report, published today, provides practical guidance for coastal communities and industries to adapt to climate change. Download the Report

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Saving Biodiversity Isn’t Rocket Science

The best possible science needs to be available to governments and policy makers as they strive to find solutions to the biodiversity crisis. Independent, credible scientific advice delivered in a relevant and readily usable way for decision making is the key to effective policies. IUCN supports the creation of the proposed Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity

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