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March 2011
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76th Meeting of IUCN Council

The 76th meeting of the IUCN Council will take place from 22-25 May 2011, in Gland, Switzerland.
IUCN Members, National and Regional Committees are invited to send their comments on the draft agenda for the 76th Council meeting to the IUCN Director General via governancesupport@iucn.org, in English, French or Spanish, before 21 April 2011. Download the draft agenda from the Members' Portal.

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A selection of the latest conservation news from and for Members featured on the IUCN website.

> South African Member WESSA celebrates 85th birthday
> Netherlands National Committee new focus
> IUCN influences environmental legislation in Jordan
> Communication campaign on marine turtle conservation
> Building the case for biodiversity in South Africa
> Director General visits Pretoria Botanical Gardens
> Director General in Botswana with Member KCS
> Species Survival Commission member activities in South Africa
> Botswana President welcomes IUCN support for conservation efforts
> Upcoming West Asia Regional Conservation Forum in Kuwait
> Proposal for the zoning of wind exclusion areas in Cantabria
> Partnership between Holcim and IUCN renewed
> Members tackling illegal wild meat trade
> Women in forest communities need louder voice
> Women and Water
> International Blue Carbon Working Group
> Protecting Ecuador's native forests
> World Water Day: thirsty cities
South African children celebrate WESSA's 85th anniversary

Arborvitae: Attending to gender

Released on International Women's Day, the latest issue of Arborvitae focuses on the critical role that women play in the sustainable management of the world's forests and considers how gender is being addressed both on the ground and in policy discussions on climate change and REDD.

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A brother and sister fertilize trees in a village forest, Vietnam

Message from Director General on Japanese earthquake and tsunami

With rescue and recovery operations well underway, IUCN stands ready to support eventual environmental rehabilitation efforts. For now, we share the grief and sorrow of the people of Japan. We have every confidence in the resilience of the Japanese people and wish them strength and courage in overcoming this devastating tragedy.

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Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012.

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IUCN expert Commissions

 Latest Commission newsletters/reports:

> Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
> Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
> Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
> Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
> Species Survival Commission (SSC)
> World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
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2012 World Conservation Congress

Stay up to date with developments on the Congress web pages

The stunning new logo represents nature and its beauty in a positive and enlightening way. The colourful symbol, evoking at the same time a flower and a bird, also incorporates traditional indigenous Korean patterns. The Congress theme is to be Nature+, a simple and memorable slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives.

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Research on great apes in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo


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