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Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Japanese vision – the New Strategic Plan, a decade of biodiversity and raising awareness with origami

After the scientific and technical discussions in Nairobi, the eyes of the conservation world will be moving towards Nagoya, Japan, where Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October this year to make binding decisions on the future of the world’s biodiversity. The Japan Committee for IUCN has been working to make every effort to ensure that this event, which is crucial for the future of our planet, has a high profile in Japan. Professor Masahito Yoshida is the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN. Here he answers questions about the Committee’s work, its role in the CBD conference and how the Japan Committee for IUCN uses origami to raise awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity, all life on earth. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

IUCN UK Conference

IUCN UK Conference overcomes volcanic consequences

At the foot of Edinburgh's own, thankfully 'extinct', volcano, the IUCN UK Conference "Nature - What's in it For Me?" was held at Our Dynamic Earth over the two days 19th and 20th April 2010 and was attended by over 100 participants on each day. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

Jatropha curcas, Mali

Responsible Biofuels and Beyond: critical issues for the Convention on Biological Diversity work programme

IUCN and WWF convened the side event Responsible Biofuels and Beyond : critical issues for the CBD agriculture programme of work to highlight critical issues relating to the biofuels and biodiversity agenda including land use, indirect landuse change, impacts on smallholders and vulnerable groups, invasive species risks, indicators for biodiversity, biodiversity information available for biofuels decisions, and processes for identifying responsible cultivation areas.
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19 May 2010 | News story
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A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

New prescription needed for medicinal plants

Medicinal plants are valuable species: they provide income and healthcare to thousands of people around the world. Greater numbers of people rely on traditional medicine, mostly based on herbs, for their primary healthcare than ‘conventional’ or western medicine. But 15,000 species of medicinal plants are globally threatened from, amongst others, loss of habitat, overexploitation, invasive species and pollution. …  

18 May 2010 | International news release

IUCN Pavilion at SBSTTA14, May 2010, Nairobi, Kenya

An insider’s view from IUCN Members’ booth

The meeting that started on Monday 10th May 2010 is an important event for IUCN whose core work is biodiversity conservation, writes Norah Ngeny from IUCN’s East and Southern Africa Office. …  

18 May 2010 | News story

Journée internationale de la biodiversité à Limbé, Cameroun

Journée internationale de la biodiversité au Cameroun - 22 mai 2010

Le Cameroun a anticipé l’évènement en célébrant le 12 mai dernier, au pied du Mont Fako, la biodiversité sous le thème : « Biodiversité et 50 ans de développement ». …  

18 May 2010 | Fact sheet

Oil refinery Kuwait

Oil, risk and technology: the choices we need to make

This opinion article by Dr. William Jackson, IUCN Deputy Director General, is published in the BBC's Green Room at this address http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8689201.stm 

18 May 2010 | News story
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Forest dweller living off the resources of the forest

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. …  

17 May 2010 | International news release

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

Conservation challenges in Eastern and Southern Africa

A lack of technical know-how and limited funding are some of the problems faced by IUCN and its members in Eastern and Southern Africa, where work is continuing to focus on the region's drylands, forests, inland waterways, coastal and marine environments. Hastings Chikoko, Head of IUCN South Africa and Head of Constituency Support and Communications for Eastern and Southern Africa, has been attending talks in Nairobi which will affect the Convention on Biological Diversity. He says that getting across the message that conservation and development can work alongside each other is key to work in the region.
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15 May 2010 | Audio

Jenny Gruenberger, Presidenta del Comité Regional Sudamericano de la UICN

Comité Regional Sudamericano: el mayor reto es la articulación

Del 11 al 13 de mayo, en Mindo, Ecuador, se realizó la XV Reunión del Comité Sudamericano de la UICN. Jenny Gruenberger, del Comité Boliviano, es la nueva Presidenta. …  

14 May 2010 | News story