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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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Eichhornia crassipes (Pontederiaceae), one of the worst Invasive Alien Species

Plant conservation progress in Asia

A new report from IUCN suggests that combining conservation, using plant diversity sustainably with a focus on poverty alleviation should be the future strategy for plant conservation in Asia. It emphasizes that the sustainable use of plants should be integrated in development plans, and climate change adaption and regional cooperation are also vital components for conserving plant diversity. …   | French | Spanish | Chinese

26 Oct 2010 | International news release

Coral reefs 5, Koh Bon island, Thailand

TEEB explained

Recognizing, measuring and capturing the value of nature – the goods and services it provides us such as water, food, medicine, fuel or building materials - is a high on the agenda of the Nagoya CBD conference. TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), which launched its three-year study during the meeting, is trying to make an economic case for biodiversity conservation, showing why it is important to the economy.Joshua Bishop, the TEEB for Business report coordinator and Chief Economist of IUCN, explains how TEEB puts a price to nature. …  

26 Oct 2010 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

What has gender got to do with biodiversity?

Gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is the aim of gender mainstreaming, which focuses on shifting the existing power relationships, and bringing the roles and needs of women and men high on the development agenda. …  

25 Oct 2010 | News story

Tree Planting in Doi Mae Salong

When the army does conservation – doing it differently in Thailand

Thailand’s armed forces are involved in an uncharacteristic activity—a major conservation program in cooperation with the local community. Bob Fisher and Tawatchai Rattnasorn report. …  

19 Oct 2010 | News story

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

Forest Governance and Law Enforcement: Findings from the field

IUCN has published a new report on forest governance structures, systems and stakeholders in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Developing Sub-ToC M&E with communities in Kayanza landscape, Burundi

Lessons from implementing a theory of change M&E system in the Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy initiative

This paper reflects on the potential of applying the 'theory of change' as a useful tool in participatory monitoring and self-evaluation in livelihoods and landscapes strategies. 

14 Oct 2010 | Downloads - document

Planted forest landscape, Brazil

Mitigating the impacts of biofuel production

IUCN and Shell are working with a wide range of stakeholders to gain a shared understanding of how to mitigate the impacts of biofuel production caused by indirect land use change. …  

12 Oct 2010 | News story
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Tenure foncière et forestière au Burkina Faso : Une plate forme de plaidoyer mise en place

Sous le patronage du Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Hydraulique et des Ressources Halieutiques du Burkina Faso, le forum national des « Champions en tenure foncière et forestière » s’est déroulé à Ouagadougou le 22 septembre 2010. …  

04 Oct 2010 | Downloads - document
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« Genre, tenure foncière et forestière dans les politiques de changement climatique » : L’étude validée

Un atelier s’est tenu à Ouagadougou le 21 septembre 2010, sous le patronage du Ministère de la Promotion de la Femme. Il visait à examiner dans l’application des politiques nationales de changements climatiques du Burkina Faso, la prise en compte effective des questions d’équité de genre et tenure pour l’amélioration des capacités d’adaptation au changement climatique des groupes défavorisées et, en particulier les femmes. 

04 Oct 2010 | News story
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Water Lily monitoring 2

Learning through participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation - guidelines for landscapes and livelihoods strategies

This document is an updated version of the "Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) Guidelines for Learning and Adaptive Management in LLS Geographic Component and Landscapes" that LLS produced in September 2008. It reflects LLS experience in applying the PM&E methodology up to September 2009. As in the case of the previous version, it should be considered a framework or roadmap rather than a prescriptive document. …  

27 Sep 2010 | Downloads - document


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