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A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

Forest in Germany

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions

This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business 

29 Jan 2015 | Article

Steve Edwards of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme

A balancing act

Steve Edwards of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme explains how government and business are looking at ways to compensate for the impacts of development on biodiversity. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Article

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Brushed aluminium

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative unveils new global standard for sustainability

Leaders from the aluminium sector today unveiled a new comprehensive standard that aims to improve the industry’s environmental, social and governance performance throughout its entire value chain, including plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.  …  

16 Dec 2014 | News story

Diver in Marae Moana (Cook Islands Marine Park)

Future challenges for large marine protected areas in the Pacific highlighted at World Parks Congress

As the Pacific Islands region continues to lead the way in creating large marine protected areas, the World Parks Congress has delivered a wake-up call to the rest of the world that the Pacific will require help to manage these massive areas of global importance. …  

07 Dec 2014 | News story

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas

Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging from halting rainforest loss in the Asia-Pacific and tripling ocean protection off Africa’s coasts to a business commitment to plant 1.3 billion trees along the historic Silk Road.  | French | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2014 | International news release

Rapeseed (a biofuel crop)

IUCN report says jury still out on biofuels, calls for more research on biodiversity impacts

Sydney, Australia, 15 November 2014 (IUCN) – Food security, land grabs and human rights abuses are just some of the harmful impacts identified with the production of biofuels at a global scale, according to a new IUCN report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

Ecotourism in the Southern Caucasus

Sustainable tourism in protected areas can be critical for their survival, says new IUCN report

Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014 (IUCN) – Increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, provided well-functioning management systems are in place, according to a new report unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.   …  

14 Nov 2014 | International news release

The Mua Voyage vaka canoes about to sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pacific Island leaders sail into Sydney Harbour with call to protect oceans

The leaders of Kiribati, Cook Islands and Palau have called on the world to follow their lead in ocean protection, after sailing into Sydney Harbour aboard traditional voyaging canoes that have travelled more than 6,000 nautical miles from the Pacific Islands. …   | French

12 Nov 2014 | News story