Ecosystem

Moiry Dam in Valais, Switzerland

Knowing the wealth of water to the energy industry - lessons from IUCN

In a world where each unit of energy is becoming increasingly water intensive, many countries are already facing severe water scarcity. This short IUCN opinion piece explores the links between energy and water systems from an environmental perspective.  …  

27 Feb 2009 | News story
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Corn and power plant

Time to get "smart" on US biofuels, according to IUCN US Members

Two IUCN Members, Worldwatch Institute and Sierra Club, have joined forces to launch a joint publication on Smart Choices for Biofuels. The report highlights the need for important policy reforms at this critical juncture in America's effort to increase biofuel use.
 

20 Feb 2009 | News story
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Temperate eucalypt forest in the Blue Mountains, Australia

IUCN statement on Australian fires

IUCN extends its sympathies to those who have suffered from the extreme fires in south-eastern Australia, especially to those who have lost family, friends and their homes. …  

13 Feb 2009 | News story

Mining in the Philippines

Global Reporting Initiative Releases Mining & Metals Supplement for Public Comment

The Global Reporting Initiative has released the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement for public comment. …  

09 Feb 2009 | News story

Sugarcane processing plant, Piraciaba, Brazil

Don’t wait to produce renewable energy sustainably, urges IUCN

A hands-on guide to producing bioenergy without harming the environment was launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to coincide with the World Future Energy summit in Abu Dhabi.  

21 Jan 2009 | News story

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Buy, Sell and Trade! Free Game on Ecosystem Services.

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), along with input from key stakeholders (Earthwatch Institute, World Resources Institute, Katoomba Group/Forest Trends, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and Fundacion Entorno) have developed a free, interactive and fun game about how ecosystem markets work. …  

20 Jan 2009 | News story

Marine

Making blue energy green with E.ON

IUCN’s Global Marine Programme and Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Initiative are initiating research into the ecosystem and livelihood implications of marine-based energy alternatives. This work is intended to inform policy and practice of governments, the private sector and the conservation community and will be supported by the Swedish government and the energy company E.ON. …  

15 Dec 2008 | News story

The Sava River

New climate change network

There is a growing recognition in discussions here in Poznan of the role that nature can play in helping people adjust to the impacts of climate change. Governments and environmental and development groups at the United Nations climate change conference are increasingly supporting such an approach. …  

05 Dec 2008 | News story

Woman preparing maize. Annapurna, Nepal

Ecosystems and Food

What role for conservation in enhancing food security for the rural poor? This was the question posed to a multi-stakeholder panel brought together at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. …  

04 Dec 2008 | News story

In this Photo: 
AGUILAR Lorena; ASH Neville; BARCHIESI Stefano; BOVENSCHULTE Mette; BROEKHOVEN Guido; CARTIN Megan; CROSS Katharine; CRUDGINTON Lizzie; EBORN Gillian; EDGAR Caroline; FINCKE Annelie; FURMAN Ricardo; GORDON James; HASLER Maria; HAWES Patricia; IKKALA Ninni; JACKSON Bill; KELLEHER Stephen; MAGINNIS Stewart; MARTIN-MEHERS Gillian; MURTI Radhika; NERI Claire; NOKO Sizakele; OVIEDO Gonzalo; PEARD Georgina; SAINT LAURENT Carol; SCHMID Mary-Elizabeth; SMITH Mark; WARMENBOL Claire; WILLETTS Elizabeth

IUCN's New Environment and Development Group

The new IUCN Environment and Development group  held its first meeting 13-14 November to discuss efficient integration of the group’s common goals. This newly created cluster comprises the Forest and Water Programme, Ecosystem Management Programme, and Senior Advisor Social Policy  and Gender together to allign their work and deliver the IUCN key result areas. …  

25 Nov 2008 | 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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