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The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: A competencies framework

From forest-dependent communities to government staff, many stakeholders are in need of comprehensive information to effectively engage in the design and implementation of REDD+ activities. Recognizing this need, members of the Alliance for Global REDD+ Capacity (AGRC) have created The knowledge and skills needed to engage in REDD+: a competencies framework, a single reference that enables readers to quickly understand key concepts, policy benchmarks, technical elements, skills, tools and resources for ten specific REDD+ themes. …  

08 Apr 2014 | Downloads - document

Schisandra fruit

Better and better

An award-winning project involving the sustainable collection of a medicinal plant by village cooperatives in protected panda habitat in central China is bringing benefits for people, wildlife and business alike …  

07 Apr 2014 | Article

Raising awareness of Singapore's wildlife

Singapore – keeping a growing population in touch with nature

In a developed and highly populated city like Singapore, space is at a premium. Keeping people connected to nature and making sure they have access to natural spaces requires a comprehensive and long-term approach to land use planning. …  

07 Apr 2014 | Article

Sekong River, Lao PDR

Water and energy challenges: Diverse perspectives for a way forward

4 April 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Different sectors  can  work together to create policy that seeks to effectively conserve our natural resources, while simultaneously addressing the demands of a growing population in a rapidly developing country.  

04 Apr 2014 | News story

Europe’s largest bumblebee, the Endangered Bombus fragrans, is seriously threatened by the intensification of agriculture

Bad news for Europe’s bumblebees

Twenty four percent of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction according to a recent study assessing the species group at the European level. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

02 Apr 2014 | International news release

IUCN Red List

IUCN Red List - Celebrating 50 years as a "Barometer of Life"

The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Far from being just a long list of names of species and threat categories, it includes a rich compendium of information that can be used in protecting species from extinction. As such, it is the single most valuable and trusted resource for biodiversity conservation. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Red List, which continues to be a catalyst for conservation action and invaluable as a "Barometer of Life" on Earth.  

01 Apr 2014 | Article

Bandula barb population count with the participation of local youth

Bandula barb population count with the participation of local youth

The Bandula barb (Pethia bandula) is a point endemic species. This means that it is only found naturally at one specific location in the world – a 1.5 km stretch of stream passing through the Hapugoda, Rabbidigala and Alpitiya villages of Galapitamada in the Kegalle District of Sri Lanka. …  

31 Mar 2014 | News story

Kerama Islands National Park

Kerama Islands: new national park in Japan

On 5 March 2014, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan designated the Kerama Islands in Okinawa as the country's 31st national park. Kerama Islands is the first new national park since 1987 when Kushiro Marshland in Hokkaido became a national park. …  

31 Mar 2014 | Fact sheet

Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry

Kering and IUCN Boa & Python Specialist Group announce first report on captive breeding

The first report under the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been presented today. …  

31 Mar 2014 | International news release

Minister speaking at the occasion

Towards Building Coastal Resilience in South and South-east Asia

Building coastal resilience is a priority as many coastal communities in Bangladesh and other Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, such as storms, floods and droughts, and to climate change. …  

30 Mar 2014 | Article

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