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IUCN welcomes 24 new Members and 3 National Committees

On 25 May 2011, the 76th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 24 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized 3 National Committees. …   | French | Spanish

30 May 2011 | News story

Khawa Board of Trustees developing their Community Environmental Action Plan.

Communities participate in identifying solutions to landscape and natural resource management issues in Khawa, Botswana

 Community representatives of Khawa in the Kgalagadi district of Botswana met recently to develop a community environmental action plan for their area. The participatory workshop was hosted by Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) in partnership with IUCN and identified key and relevant actions that could address some of the environmental and socio-economic challenges in the village. …  

24 May 2011 | News story
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Minister Jessica Eriyo plants a symbolic tree to commemorate the launch

Uganda government and IUCN launch a management plan for Mabira ecosystem

 Uganda’s Minister of State for Environment, Honourable Jessica Eriyo officially launched the Kalagala Offset Sustainable Management Plan (2010 – 2019) to address environmental management of the Mabira ecosystem. The launch was organized by IUCN in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment. IUCN facilitated the development of the plan using the Ecosystems Based Approach. The world bank provided both financial and technical support to the planning process. …  

20 May 2011 | Article
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Women using water in Pangani river basin, Tanzania

Tanzania Minister calls for increased IUCN engagement in conservation and poverty eradication

Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Environment), Dr Terezya Huvisa, has called on IUCN to engage more strongly in environmental conservation, but also help people tackle poverty in both urban and rural areas of Tanzania. The Minister said this when the IUCN Head of Tanzania office, Mr Abdalla Shah called on her to brief her on IUCN’s work in the country.   …  

19 May 2011 | News story
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Saddlebill stork by the springs in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Environment enthusiasts discuss the place of environment in Tanzania’s Constitution

 IUCN hosted the second meeting, for the year 2011, of the Informal Discussion Group on Environment (IDGE) in Tanzania on May 10, 2011. The meeting discussed the place of environment in the constitution of Tanzania in order to inform the Constitution review process currently underway. …  

19 May 2011 | News story
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Delegates to the Zambezi Stakeholders’ Forum in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe -  one of the activities that IUCN supported during the build up to the establishment of the ZAMCOM Interim Secretariat

The Interim Secretariat for the Zambezi Watercourse Commission established

 The Zambezi river basin states have established an Interim Secretariat for the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) hosted by the Government of Botswana in Gaborone, and headed by Mr Michael Mutale as its Executive Secretary. …  

17 May 2011 | News story
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Fundisile Mketeni, the Chair of the IUCN National Committee of South Africa addressing the meeting.

IUCN members in South Africa urged to dialogue on key conservation issues

 IUCN members in South Africa have been urged to use the IUCN platform to reach consensus on conservation issues that affect the country. Speaking during the meeting held last Thursday, the Chair of the IUCN National Committee of South Africa, Mr Fundisile Mketeni informed the members that the best way to deal with controversial conservation issues is to have an open and frank discussion around such issues. …  

16 May 2011 | Article
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Relic forest

Laying the foundation for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

Momentum is gathering behind the case for a Red List of Ecosystems which, modeled on the influential IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, is hoped will generate better environmental management. …  

13 May 2011 | News story

Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Rwanda Moving Forward on Ambitious Landscape Restoration Plan

At the launch of the International Year of Forests, the Government of Rwanda, through a statement delivered by Honorable Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Environment and Lands, formally announced an ambitious plan to integrate landscape restoration into National development plans and to pursue a goal that would witness large‐scale border to border restoration of land, soil, forest and water resources for the benefit of the Rwandan population over the next twenty five years based on an Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government of Rwanda, IUCN and the United Nations Forum on Forests.  …  

12 May 2011 | News story
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Women in developing countries play a key role in helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, yet their voice is hardly heard in discussions on climate change.

IUCN pioneers work on gender equality in tackling climate change impacts

The importance of involving women in preventing and managing disasters is widely recognized but doing so in an effective and holistic way is more challenging. …  

12 May 2011 | News story