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Healthy ecosystems produce goods and services that provide livelihoods for people and the potential for economic development. These include fresh water, agricultural productivity, fisheries, forest products, energy and protection from natural hazards. But when human activity degrades the environment, these goods and services decline, hampering economic and social development and leaving rural, marginalized communities more vulnerable.

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A meeting of forestry schools in Mbalmayo, Cameroon

The value of investing in locally-controlled forestry

Forests are a good investment option. In the words of one of the world’s leading international news and business weeklies: 

28 Jan 2011 | Downloads - document

Children in Anggra-Arfak Mountains, West Papua

Forests and poverty: the latest thinking

Gill Shepherd, IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy Thematic Adviser on Poverty and Landscapes, speaks on the latest thinking on forests and poverty, drawing from lessons that have come out of IUCN's innovative 'Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy' (LLS). …  

27 Jan 2011 | Video

Malva Nut _ Team Meeting

Going nuts about forests

In Laos, the sustainable harvesting of medicinal seeds from the native malva nut tree is helping to improve both the lives of local people and the state of the region’s forests. …  

24 Jan 2011 | News story

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

IUCN welcomes ‘Forests 2011’ - International Year of Forests

The world’s forests are essential to life in all its diversity and to attaining humanity’s biggest goals such as reducing poverty, curbing climate change and achieving sustainable development. Throughout 2011 IUCN will work towards making sure that forests deliver their maximum potential for human well-being and biodiversity conservation. …   | Spanish

03 Jan 2011 | News story

ELAN - Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network

Development and Conservation organizations partner on adaptation

IUCN, CARE, and WWF have joined forces to build poor and marginalized people's resilience to the impacts of climate change by promoting sound ecosystem management into human adaptation. …  

20 Dec 2010 | News story
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Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda

WANI supports good water governance in Uganda and Kenya

Across East Africa, governments have recognized watershed management at the local level is key to improved water resources management. …  

16 Dec 2010 | News story

PNN Defensores del Chaco

Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN

Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2010 | International news release

Forest dwelling children

'Lives of the Forest'

'Lives of the Forest' is a new video created by indigenous activists from across the Asia Pacific region exploring the likely impacts of the UN's REDD programme on indigenous resources and lifestyles.  It was created during a participatory video facilitator training in Ifugao (Philippines) by representatives of 15 distinct indigenous communities from 8 different countries. …  

03 Dec 2010 | Downloads - document
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Roberto Zolho

Women adapting to climate change in Mozambique

Through its Climate Change and Development Project (CCDP), IUCN is working to develop adaptation measures which will sustainably safeguard local livelihoods and natural habitats. …  

02 Dec 2010 | Video

Woman in Mexico

Gender and Climate Change Dialogues, Costa Rica, October 2010

Highlights and participant reactions from the Gender and Climate Change Dialogues held in Costa Rica on 11-14 October 2010 are shown in this short video. …  

01 Dec 2010 | Video


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