Eastern and Southern Africa

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Let’s get serious!

IUCN and the UN Global Compact are helping business in Rio get serious about biodiversity, boosting private sector efforts in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services – the benefits we get from nature. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story

deforestation

USA and others to restore more than 18 million hectares of forest lands

USA forest service, Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition and indigenous groups from Mesoamerica have committed to restoring a total of more than 18 million hectares of their forest landscape. This will pump billions into local and global economies and bring a host of other benefits, according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

18 Jun 2012 | News story

Dr Mark Smith

Blog: Negotiating [clean] water in Rio

My first day in Rio was yesterday. I was off the plane at 6 am, to the hotel and then straight to Rio Centro for a lunchtime side event with the Ramsar Secretariat on the upcoming TEEB study on water and wetlands. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story

View across what was once the Atantic Rainforest, just north of Rio de Janeiro

Up the road from Rio - fresh forests and green jobs

Several centuries of farming have left the Atlantic rainforest north of Rio de Janeiro scarred and with just a few patches of forest left as havens to rare birds and mammals. Recovery of this forest would seem a tall order. But for Mauricio Ruiz, founder of Instituto Terra de Preservacao Ambiental (ITPA) this has been his life’s work. …  

17 Jun 2012 | News story

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Regional Forum explores solutions for addressing the spread of Prosopis in the Kalahari-Namib drylands

Scientists, policy makers and community representatives met recently to discuss the management of Prosopis, an invasive alien species occurring in the Molopo-Nossob river basin that covers part of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Annual Regional Forum on Invasive Alien Species was convened by IUCN ESARO early this month in Gaborone, Botswana under the Kalahari-Namib project. It brought together participants from the riparian countries of Botswana, Namibia and S Africa drawn from government, academia, NGOs, private sector and community-based organizations. …  

13 Jun 2012 | News story
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Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

Rio+20 Launch: TEEB for Water and Wetlands

A new TEEB -The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity- initiative for Water and Wetlands will be launched at the UN's Summit on Sustainable Development on 15 June in Rio, Brazil. …  

13 Jun 2012 | News story

2012 Congress Online Programme

IUCN Congress Programme now live

As the World Conservation Congress draws closer, you can now view what’s on and when. Regularly updated, the Online Programme is a handy companion to organize your schedule in Jeju and make the most out of your experience. …   | French | Spanish

04 Jun 2012 | News story

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

A water secure future for Southern Africa

USAID/Southern Africa, in collaboration with the Development Grants Program (DGP) has awarded USD 2 million to IUCN to support the three-year project: A Water Secure Future for Southern Africa: Applying the Ecosystem Approach in the Orange-Senqu Basin. …  

25 May 2012 | News story

SOS dugong 2011A-005 EWT

Full force of the law needed to save stricken dugongs

Law enforcement is key to saving one of the world’s most threatened marine mammals - the Dugong (Dugong dugon) - and a project funded by SOS - Save Our Species is on the case in Mozambique. …  

23 May 2012 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

New online elephant database launched

ElephantDatabase.org, a joint project of the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) and Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG), is a new site where the latest information from elephant surveys across Africa and Asia is easily accessible. …  

16 May 2012 | News story


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