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Hon Chong karst hills

IUCN-Holcim partnership in Vietnam

There are times when no matter how much a business tries to avoid or mitigate its environmental impacts, significant damage to the environment is inevitable. This is particularly a problem with the mining industry, which typically extracts large volumes of rock. And it’s especially an issue with the cement industry, which quarries limestone and clay to produce cement that’s literally the foundation of the houses, roads, bridges, and ports, and other infrastructure that make up a country’s “built” capital. And the issue is even more important in Vietnam where the conversion from “natural” to “built” capital is happening so fast. …   | Vietnamese

08 Nov 2010 | News story

Mangroves, Vanua Levu, Fiji

5 Countries aim to safeguard mangroves

Safeguarding mangrove ecosystems for their ecological, social and environmental value was the central topic of discussion amongst five Pacific Island Countries during an Induction Workshop of the Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods (MESCAL) Project undertaken in Suva last week from October 27th to 30th. …  

03 Nov 2010 | News story

Planted forest landscape, Brazil

IUCN provides input to the EC’s consultation on indirect effects of biofuels

After consultation with various internal and external networks, IUCN submitted its response to the European Commission’s consultation on indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts of biofuels. …  

01 Nov 2010 | News story
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Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth

Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) have approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s biodiversity and take urgent action to save and restore nature; an agreed new protocol on access and benefit sharing; and have pledged some serious new resources to bring the agreements to life. …   | Spanish

29 Oct 2010 | International news release

Save our Species logo

SOS – A new call on businesses to respond to extinction crisis

The Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and IUCN today announced they had established the Save Our Species (SOS) initiative with more than $US10 million in financing commitments and called on businesses to help build the biggest global species conservation fund by 2015. …   | French | Spanish

28 Oct 2010 | International news release

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2010 Summer campaign "Water Sanitation, Human health, and Effective Water Consumption"

IUCN and Holcim Vietnam Limited (HVL) have a four-year agreement to strengthen biodiversity conservation in and around HVL’s sites and to support HVL’s community outreach. Every year, IUCN VN and HVL run a Summer Campaign, which is a chance to engage local people and government authorities around HVL’s five sites in southern Vietnam. In 2009, the Summer Campaign theme was waste management and environment protection. This year it was water sanitation, human health, and effective water consumption. The 2010 campaign was launched on World Environment Day on June 5 and ran for four months until the end of September. Activities took place in: …   | Vietnamese

26 Oct 2010 | News story

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IUCN-Holcim Biodiversity Management System Launched in Nagoya

The Biodiversity Management System (BMS), launched today at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit, represents a major milestone of the fruitful collaboration between Holcim and IUCN. The BMS provides a set of recommendations for the systematic integration of biodiversity into the building materials company's operations. …  

25 Oct 2010 | News story
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The Mekong is the world's 12th longest river, crossing 6 countries along its 4350km course

Hydropower on the agenda at annual WANI Meeting, Lao PDR

The 12th WANI coordination meeting was held in Luang Prabang, Laos from 18 to 22 October. The meeting was set to strengthen the coordination and delivery of WANI into 2012 and beyond. Global WANI coordinators and IUCN staff, along with colleagues and partners from the Mekong region discussed in particular issues surrounding hydropower development. …  

23 Oct 2010 | News story

Marine Protected Area, fish and coral at Nha Trang

Worth saving, invest in nature - IUCN

The central economic importance of the world's natural assets is now firmly on the political radar as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss, the head of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) said today. …   | Spanish

20 Oct 2010 | News story

Branding Biodiversity

Love. Not Loss. Communicating Biodiversity

One of the most powerful points coming out of Nagoya, made both explicitly and also hidden in the maelstrom of debate around biodiversity policy, is the way we communicate is fundamental to the success of biodiversity conservation, writes Laurie Bennett, member of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication. …  

20 Oct 2010 | News story


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