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Jeff McNeely signs the agreement

IUCN signs agreement with Nippon Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation

Celebrations around International Biodiversity Day in Tokyo started early in the morning on Friday 22 May with a ceremony to plant trees at Shinjuku Gyoen park organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan. …  

25 May 2009 | News story

Alien Invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) which has spread around the entire tropics and is now moving north into southern Europe as Climate Change makes conditions suitable for it.

International Biodiversity Day sounds the alarm on invasive species

International Biodiversity Day, celebrated each year on May 22, pays tribute to the global importance of biodiversity, both as an asset for posterity and a vital resource for people and their livelihoods. …  

22 May 2009 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Don't forget environment, IUCN tells UN

World leaders must consider the environment if they want to ensure people enjoy a sustainable and dignified life. That was the message IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre gave in her keynote address to the High-Level Ministerial segment of the 17th session of the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development (CSD), held in New York from May 4 to 15. …  

14 May 2009 | News story

Desert dune, Qatar

Ecosystem approach is the way forward

The newly established IUCN drylands programme stepped out in style for the first time at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York by convening a Learning Centre on the ecosystem approach. It was the first outreach engagement of the programme at a large international meeting of the United Nations. …  

14 May 2009 | News story

Women pressing palm oil, Ghana

Biofuel potential for rural development

Biofuels have the potential to contribute greatly to rural development and increase the sustainable energy options to rural communities. …  

12 May 2009 | News story

Mr. Naoya Furuta, Senior Project Officer, IUCN Tokyo

IUCN prepares for 2010 and beyond

IUCN opened a new office in Tokyo to coordinate efforts ahead of next year’s Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity where governments will review progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target and take decisions regarding the Convention’s future strategy.
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12 May 2009 | News story

Building Biodiversity Business

Private sector involvement crucial for sustainable development partnerships

Companies have coverage and influence, an emphasis on efficiency and special technical and managerial expertise that could strengthen sustainable development efforts considerably. This was a shared view by IUCN and other participants during the first week of the 17th United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York. …  

08 May 2009 | News story

IPBES

Climate Change has the IPCC – does biodiversity need IPBES?

Momentum is building around the establishment of "IPBES" (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). This would work for biodiversity in a similar way that the IPCC does for climate change, supporting governments and other decision-makers with information to make decisions in response to the best available science, and not just political interests or rhetoric. …  

08 May 2009 | News story

CITES Animals Committee

Report on the 24th CITES Animals Committee meeting

During the week of April 20 to 24, Species Programme represented IUCN at the 24th CITES Animals Committee meeting which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Animals Committee meetings are designed to provide scientific advice and guidance to the Parties of CITES and the Secretariat to assist in their decision-making on species issues. …  

01 May 2009 | News story

DAsanka's shrub frog

A boost for biodiversity from the G8

Environment ministers at the G8 meeting in Sicily sent a strong political message about biodiversity and climate change with the release of the Carta di Siracusa on Biodiversity. …  

27 Apr 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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