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Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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A volcano in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

World Heritage in danger: two natural sites added

The Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve in Honduras and the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra in Indonesia have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

22 Jun 2011 | International news release

Cover of brochure "Understanding forest dependency for REDD+

Understanding forest-dependency for REDD+

A new briefing paper illustrates how participatory assessment tools can inform REDD+ decision-making about important links between forests and livelihoods. REDD+ is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The Forests‐Poverty Toolkit is a rural assessment tool that uses locally identified poverty indicators and participatory exercises to collect data which differentiate forest dependence among men and women, richer and poorer people and among people living closer or further away from markets. The toolkit also sheds new light on non-monetary aspects of forest dependency. Finally it collects data on villagers’ assessments of the drivers of deforestation through time, and of the key current forest problems in their area and their potential solutions. …  

16 Jun 2011 | News story
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Women on their way to market, Mali.

World Environment Day: every forest voice should count

Today we celebrate World Environment Day, a global day for positive action for the environment. This year’s theme, ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’, highlights the variety of services that forests provide us with and urges us all to take action to protect them. IUCN also calls for the voices of forest-dependent communities to be heard and taken into account in the way forests and their resources are managed. …  

05 Jun 2011 | News story

Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region: priority sites for conservation’ (eds E. A. Radford, G. Catullo and B. de Montmollin)

Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region - Priority sites for conservation

Editors: E.A. Radford, G. Catullo and B. de Montmollin …   | French

01 Jun 2011 | Downloads - publication

Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region: priority sites for conservation’ (eds E. A. Radford, G. Catullo and B. de Montmollin)

New international report to secure natural riches of North Africa and the Middle East

An international conservation project has brought together botanists and scientists from the Middle East and North Africa - Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia - in an unprecedented bid to secure the future of the region’s wildlife. …   | French | Spanish

01 Jun 2011 | International news release

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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

Dry ground in Oued El Maleh swamp in Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

Bonn “Can Do” Cancun Climate Change Agreement – IUCN

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks that will be held in Bonn from 6 to 17 June will start in earnest on the full implementation of the Agreements reached in Cancun by all Parties to the Climate Change Convention. …  

30 May 2011 | News story

"Love, Not Loss" is a video about communicating biodiversity

Video in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew and Spanish: Love. Not Loss.

This popular video is now available in six languages. Screen it at your next event and start people talking about how to 'communicate biodiversity'. …  

24 May 2011 | News story

Discussion on Scenarios in Ohiamatu simpa- Ghana

Forest communities contribute to pro-poor REDD+ readiness process in Ghana

Efforts by IUCN in Ghana to engage local communities and exchange information on key REDD+ governance issues are bearing fruit. A series of meetings and workshops at the regional and community levels have generated detailed inputs that can directly feed into Ghana’s evolving REDD+ strategy. That process is at a crucial stage. Ghana has received funds from the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and was accepted as one of five pilot countries for the Forest Investment Program (FIP). Now that the country is ready to start the building of its REDD+ strategy, community organisations have a crucial role to play in the identification of REDD+ activities that can be the building blocks of such a plan. 

19 May 2011 | News story
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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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