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Community Forest Rights under Forest Rights Act: Citizen’s Report 2013

The Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 is being implemented since 2008. While there is still a long way to go for effective implementation of the Act in letter and spirit, there have been some encouraging developments over the last year. At the same time, there have also been some setbacks or persisting issues.  …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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CEESP establishes a "Cross-Theme Biofuels Task Force"

The many kinds of expertise CEESP members bring to IUCN make it ideally suited to addressing the problems associated with biofuels development and expansion. CEESP’s broad mission extends from defending the livelihoods of indigenous people toimproving the social and environmental performance of businesses.
 

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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WAZA as formal partner of the CBD starts campaign in support of the Biodiversity Decade

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and its members, with their experience in awareness raising and interaction with the public, are well positioned to help educate the public about the need to protect biodiversity during the Decade on Biodiversity. Indeed, during its 66th Annual conference WAZA members unanimously endorsed the UN Decade on Biodiversity and supported both the Aichi Biodiversity targets and a WAZA global project supporting both the Decade and the Aichi targets.   …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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Indigenous and Local Knowledge in IPBES

Will the new IPBES go the way of IPCC, or will it do a better job in using indigenous and local knowledge? An International Expert and Stakeholder Workshop took place on 9-11 June 2013 in Tokyo, on “The Contribution of Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems to IPBES”. 
 

20 Nov 2013 | Article

Learning about Sustainability Certification Systems

As the Sierra Club representative to the Roundtable on Sustainable Bioproducts (RSB), I have been participating in a review of the standards and procedures which are used to evaluate and certify that biofuels and other bio-based products are produced sustainably. Certification systems compete with one another, learn from one another, and most of them conduct periodic reviews to update and improve their programs. To increase my knowledge about better practices, I studied several different certification systems with a particular interest in how they involve stakeholders in developing standards and in reviewing the audits of certified companies. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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CEESP contributes to Inspiring Solutions to Conservation and Development Challenges at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

CEESP Contribution to Inspiring Solutions to Conservation and Development Challenges at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 In just over a year time the world will gather in Sydney, Australia to address the future of protected areas governance and management and propose inspiring solutions to some of today’s most pressing conservation and development challenges. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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Recent Launch of a 12-year Report: 'COMPACT: Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage' by the GEF/SGP in the 37th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Recent Launch of a 12-year Report: 'COMPACT: Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage' by the GEF/SGP in the 37th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage CommitteeThe role of local communities in ensuring that World Heritage contributes to sustainable development was chosen by the World Heritage Committee as the central theme for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Convention in 2012. This theme gave recognition to the fact that local communities and indigenous peoples are, and have been for centuries, the custodians of many World Heritage sites. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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The Inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital

Jonathan Hughes, Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the IUCN Councillor, calls for support to the World Forum on Natural Capital. The inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital is being held in Edinburgh on the 21-22nd November this year with IUCN as one of the organising partners. This is the first major global conference devoted exclusively to turning the debate on natural capital accounting into action.  …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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Importancia del Valor Turístico en la Aplicación de Políticas en las Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Pierina Benites Alfaro, CPAES Sudamérica Vice Chair, contributed to the current issue by writing an article about the importance of tourism policy in natural protected areas in Peru (in Spanish). He has been involved in the topic for several years.

En el Perú, las Áreas Naturales Protegidas (ANP) constituyen aproximadamente el 15% de la superficie nacional , razón por la cual se ha reconocido su importancia, elevando al rango constitucional la obligación de promoverlas, por ser zonas ricas en biodiversidad y pertenecer a una estrategia de largo plazo que busca brindar ostensivamente servicios ambientales esenciales para el hombre.   …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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WCPA Chair’s Update: Launch of World Parks Congress Website and IUCN Commission Participation

Once every decade we have a landmark event which results in commitment and action while moving the protected areas agenda forward – the IUCN World Parks Congress.  …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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