Ecosystem

Indigenous Suruí group and IUCN staff

Amazonian indigenous group leads the way for sustainable forest management

IUCN had special visitors at its Headquarters on Tuesday morning! Four representatives from the indigenous Suruí people of Mato Grosso state in the Brazilian Amazon are participating in the Paléo Music Festival in Switzerland and visited us to share their stories regarding ongoing conservation activities carried out on their lands. …   | Spanish | Spanish

22 Jul 2009 | News story

Jatropha curcas, Mali

Managing the invasive risk of biofuels – IUCN draft guidelines available for comment

IUCN is working with a number of organisations to develop a set of guidelines on minimising the risk of biological invasions that may result from biofuel developments. The project was launched because of growing concerns that a rush to develop biofuels may open the door to new invasions by introduced species. There is also increasing evidence to suggest that potential future biofuel feedstocks are "high risk" species that pose a serious threat to ecosystems and livelihoods. …  

15 Jul 2009 | News story
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Komadogu-Yobe, Nigeria

Supporting the National IWRM Commission in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the first countries to establish a national IWRM Commission, and is now rolling out IWRM offices across the country …  

15 Jul 2009 | News story

Windfarm

G8 ministers fail to recognise environmental risks of energy options beyond GHG emissions

In the G8 declaration released this week, ministers set a joint target of 80% reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with a large focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies – though potential environmental and social barriers were not considered. While renewable energy technologies hold much promise for delivering energy with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, IUCN advocates for the establishment of legal and regulatory policies that are robust and which safeguard the environment and people as an important part of the enabling framework for renewable energy. …  

10 Jul 2009 | News story
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Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

Strengthening Sustainability and Energy Security in Small Island Developing States

Island nations face some pressing challenges in the 21st century which heighten the importance and imperative of moving to more sustainable and secure energy futures. IUCN, with the Austria Development Cooperation, organised a parallel session at the Vienna Energy Conference 22-24 June 2009. …  

06 Jul 2009 | News story
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Maurice Strong Environmental Debate

Leading thinkers discuss solutions for sustainable energy future

As part of the Maurice Strong birthday party celebrations held at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, 1-2 July 2009, a Roundtable of leading thinkers met on the subject of "Securing our sustainable energy futures". …  

03 Jul 2009 | News story

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Tubbataha Reefs National Park, the Philippines

Angelique Songco, Park Manager of Tubbataha Reefs National Park, explains a bit more about the park as part of this month's focus on protected areas. …  

29 Jun 2009 | News story

A child plaiting palm leaves in Samoa

Living the Island Life, in D.C.

IUCN is delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Brown as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Coordinator, who will be based out of the U.S. office in Washington, D.C.  …  

26 Jun 2009 | News story

IUCN's Mark Smith on the IHA Panel

No energy without water security, IUCN tells hydropower congress

When looking at the links between hydropower and climate change, it is essential that any infrastructure - whether man-made or natural - is made more sustainable and therefore resilient. …  

25 Jun 2009 | News story
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Fijian Island Village

Islands on the agenda

How can the World Heritage Convention work best to conserve the natural values of island nations that are on the front line of climate change? IUCN gave its opinion on this critical issue known during the second day of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville.  …  

24 Jun 2009 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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