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Mr. Tamrini Ali Saidi, a member the Tanzania’s National REDD+ Task Force opening the Inception meeting of which he was also a chairman.

IUCN launches a REDD+ project in Tanzania

 A one day REDD+ stakeholder’s inception workshop was held in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on the 17th January 2013 to launch a project on ‘Strengthening REDD+ Lesson Learning Networks and Information Management’. The workshop also established an information sharing forum which will ensure that REDD+ information and lessons are effectively documented and disseminated.  …  

28 Jan 2013 | Article
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Community-based, sustainable and commercially viable Aloe vera products as alternative income for fisherwomen in Bar Reef Special Management Area in Kalpitiya

SEED Initiative: 10 years old and growing

The SEED Initiative, a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy, recently marked its 10th anniversary by celebrating numerous projects that are creating jobs while safeguarding the environment. …  

08 Jan 2013 | News story

Inception workshop for 'Implementing a resilience framework to support climate change adaptation in the Mt Elgon region of the Lake Victoria Basin' Project in Kisumu October 2012.

Project seeks to enhance resilience to climate change in the Mt Elgon region of the Lake Victoria Basin

IUCN and its partners are implementing a project that seeks to improve the understanding of the science on climate change and demonstrate social and ecological resilience in the hotspots of the Mt Elgon region of the Lake Victoria Basin. The project will enhance learning on climate change adaptation from local to regional levels, and the evidence from adaptation approaches will inform policies across sectors.
 

10 Dec 2012 | News story
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St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa

BIOPAMA meeting offers solutions for nature conservation and enhanced livelihoods in Eastern and Southern Africa

Three days of intensive work in South Africa from Dec 4 - 6 have led to breakthroughs for the Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) programme. The meeting, convened by the main BIOPAMA partners IUCN and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC), led to the identification of information needs, gaps and products for better decision making on protected areas in Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as priority capacity building needs linked to better decision making. …  

10 Dec 2012 | Article
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Park rangers with a rhino that has been poached for its horn

Wildlife Conservation Day highlights action against wildlife crime

In response to growing concern about illegal trade in wildlife, the US Department of State has declared 4 December as Wildlife Conservation Day and is calling for individuals across the world to support threatened species by signing up to a Wildlife Pledge. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes this initiative given the recent escalation of poaching for a number of species that is compromising decades-long efforts towards the conservation and sustainable use of wild species. …  

04 Dec 2012 | News story

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Ecosystem science matters for business

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recently issued a briefing on business and biodiversity science, which highlights a variety of interactions and opportunities, as well as the current lack of synergies. This briefing also addresses the latest developments of the global expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES). …  

03 Dec 2012 | News story

Workshop participants get to grips with the geography of the hotspot

Workshop ushers in new collaboration for conservation in the ‘Eastern Afromontane Hotspot"

 An inception workshop recently brought together the members of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Regional Implementation Team (RIT), and representatives of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Secretariat. During the meeting, the participants developed a strategic plan for CEPF’s 5-year investment in the hotspot, aimed at strengthening civil society’s role in conservation through small and large grants to organisations addressing key conservation gaps in the region. …  

08 Nov 2012 | Article
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Anjona, 13, lost her home to the rising sea in the Sunderbans, India

UN Biodiversity talks move forward but nature needs more

Hyderabad, India, 20 October 2012 – Despite good progress towards achieving the 2020 targets to halt the loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on earth - says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

20 Oct 2012 | International news release

Sargassum habitat

The Convention on Biological Diversity brings focus to the remote ocean

Last week the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October) took an important step for the global ocean commons, the largest habitat for life on Earth. The 193 Parties to the Convention agreed to send key scientific information to the United Nations describing specific places of “ecological or biological significance” in the open ocean and deep sea, including the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Oct 2012 | Article

Yuraygir National Park, Australia

Hyderabad hopes for a protected planet

Protected areas both on land and in the sea are a hot topic here at the Biodiversity talks in Hyderabad. We ask Trevor Sandwith, Head of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme, to explain what they are and why they are so important. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story