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Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for identifying KBAs is the focus of a project funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Knowledge for Impact Café - Global Landscapes Forum

Knowledge for Impact Café - Join us at the Global Landscapes Forum at UNFCCC COP

Please join IUCN, CIFOR, PROFOR, and UK Aid for a special technical and networking session on the first day of the Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw, Poland. …  

06 Nov 2013 | Downloads - document

Call for papers S.A.P.I.EN.S

Call for papers on Large-Scale Restoration of Ecosystems.

S.A.P.I.EN.S journal of Veolia Environment Institute is calling for papers on how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Downloads - document

Michael Verdone riding in the back of a pick-up on the way to Mukura forest reserve, West Province, Rwanda

Environmental Economics & Landscape Restoration

Interview with Michael Verdone, IUCN’s environmental economist working in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Audio

Pauline Buffle at one of the pilot communities for Allanblackia in Ghana

Allanblackia: a species of choice - interview with Pauline Buffle

Pauline Buffle is a Programme Officer in the Global Forest and Climate Change Programme. She leads and manages several forest conservation projects, including the Allanblackia project. …  

29 Oct 2013 | Audio

Exchange of the signed grant agreements between Colin Bruce (left) and Aime Nianogo (right), with the blessing of Naoko Ishii (CEO of GEF)

BRICKS project: the grant agreements is signed

Pr Aimé Nianogo, IUCN Regional Director for West and Central Africa, took part in a ceremony on October 15th in Washington DC, marking the signing of grant agreements under the Building Resilience through Innovation and Knowledge Services (BRICKS) project supporting the Great Green Wall Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa. …  

18 Oct 2013 | News story

Guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados

Guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados

Esta guía para invertir en bosques localmente controlados (IBLC, o ILCF por sus siglas en inglés) es el resultado de la iniciativa de la Growing Forest Partnerships, mediante la cual The Forests Dialogue coordinó 11 diálogos de gran alcance en los que participaron inversionistas, poseedores de derechos, gobiernos, donantes y otros actores interesados en el tema. Ante todo es una herramienta que permite tomar medidas prácticas, y los consejos que proporciona parten de una sólida evidencia que ha demostrado que las empresas forestales controladas localmente pueden ser exitosas, sostenibles y rentables para las partes que intervienen en ellas. Proporciona una visión de desarrollo basada en el mercado, enraizada en una comprensión de la economía de mercado globalizada, y se centra en el papel que desempeñan las pequeñas y medianas empresas (PyMEs); la “pieza faltante” en muchas economías en desarrollo. …  

03 Oct 2013 | Downloads - publication

LCF Guide

Guide to investing in locally controlled forestry

This guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) is an outcome of the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative that engaged The Forests Dialogue to co-ordinate 11 wideranging dialogues involving investors, rights-holders, governments, donors and others on this topic. It is primarily a tool for practical action and its advice draws on strong evidence showing that locally-controlled forestry enterprises can be successful, sustainable and profitable for all stakeholders. It offers a market-based view of development, rooted in an understanding of the globalised, free-market economy, and concentrates on a role for Small Medium Entreprises (SMEs) – the ‘missing middle’ of many developing economies. …  

03 Oct 2013 | Downloads - publication

Book cover Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes

Visualizing Sustainable Landscapes

IUCN’s visualizing sustainable landscapes is a manual aimed to support the environmental community who is using visualization techniques to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas when dealing with conservation and development situations. The manual contains various visualization techniques that will facilitate communication among various stakeholders from different ethnic groups, with different levels of educations and literacy and different needs.   …  

25 Sep 2013 | Downloads - publication

A large tree within the Mamiri Forest Reserve in Western Ghana within the region of the Upper Guinean Rainforest

IUCN in Ghana Releases New REDD+ Documentary

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “Towards Pro-Poor REDD+” project in Ghana recently released a 30-minute documentary, profiling how Ghana’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are addressing climate change and the needs of the poor.  …  

14 Sep 2013 | Video
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Chris Buss explains the value of the Allanblackia seed