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People riding bicycles over a bridge on the Nam Xong River

New Infographic and Blog: Unseen and unrecognised - allocating water to nature in river systems

By Rebecca Welling. Water for nature is too often sidelined in discussions around built water infrastructure development and subsequent water allocation needs. With increasing demands for food and energy production from a growing global population, many countries look to engineered solutions to bring them water, food and energy security …  

15 Dec 2015 | News story
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Persistence pays with sea turtle education and sensitisation in Sierra Leone

“Community education and sensitisation meetings are considered integral for conservation projects such as ours," explains Edward Aruna (Eddie), project leader with RAP-SL, an SOS Grantee working to save Sierra Leone's sea turtles from over-harvesting, human disturbance and climate change. …  

14 Dec 2015 | News story

Earth inside water droplet

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.
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12 Dec 2015 | International news release

IUCN President Mr. Xinsheng Zhang, speaking at the High Level Segment of UNFCCC COP21 in Paris

Statement by IUCN President to the High Level Segment of the UN climate change conference in Paris (COP 21)

We are left with just three days to conclude what is arguably the most important agreement of our generation. …  

08 Dec 2015 | IUCN statement

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

IUCN salutes new UNESCO status for Global Geoparks

Geological areas designated as part of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) have now gained a higher status of recognition, following a decision to label them as UNESCO sites. This move is welcome by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, whose Members adopted resolutions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2008 and 2012 in support of geoheritage conservation. …  

07 Dec 2015 | Article

Submerged Mangrove

Building the next level for coastal blue carbon action

Today, Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt announced the establishment of an International Partnership for Blue Carbon. The partnership creates a collaborative network of governments, non-profit organisations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to scale up and amplify understanding of blue carbon and to accelerate action on the important role coastal blue carbon ecosystems play in climate change actions. …  

06 Dec 2015 | News story

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.

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 conference (COP 21) taking place in Paris. …  

06 Dec 2015 | International news release

Serengeti National Park

African approaches to tackling climate change: putting protected area solutions to work

A new publication launched today at the UN climate change conference in Paris highlights specific examples of how African protected areas can help communities and ecosystems adapt to climate change. …  

05 Dec 2015 | News story

Acacia restoration

Enhancing food security through forest landscape restoration: Lessons from Burkina Faso, Brazil, Guatemala, Viet Nam, Ghana, Ethiopia and Philippines

A new IUCN publication launched at COP21 showcases the links needed to enhance food security for the 1.5 billion rural poor who depend on forests and support climate action. …  

04 Dec 2015 | Article

Destruction left by tropical storm Stan in Mexico

Blog: Water and climate change: Best available science or Greek tragedy?

By Mark Smith. Fire, earth, air and water. To the ancient Greeks, these were the keys to understanding the world around them. To modern-day climate negotiators? Not so much. …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story
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