Global Policy

Marketing traditional knowledge in Kenozerski National Park, Russia

What policy support in the basket of IPBES?

The Chair’s summary, scoping paper and all documentation of an international expert workshop on policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is now available. …  

15 Mar 2012 | News story

Cambodia

World Water Forum: nature takes centre stage

Natural ‘infrastructure’ such as river basins, forests, lakes and wetlands, plays a key role in addressing today’s global water needs and must be an integral part of every country’s water management portfolio, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the World Water Forum starting in Marseille on Monday 12 March. …   | French | Spanish

10 Mar 2012 | News story

Woman voting on forest management in Ghana

IUCN’s world first: boosting women’s role in tackling climate change

International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women making history. Today, the voices of women in Africa are being heard as they engage in action to limit climate change through deforestation. …  

08 Mar 2012 | News story

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

Blue Carbon Policy - revisited

The International Blue Carbon Policy Working Group, co-organized by IUCN and Conservation International, revisited Blue Carbon policy recommendations. The revised Blue Carbon Policy Framework 2.0 outlines new and revised activities needed to include coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into climate change mitigation policies and financing processes, taking into account the outcomes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban and other relevant fora. …  

06 Mar 2012 | News story

Laurel forest in Macaronesia

Political momentum on the value of EU islands and overseas territories

The full report of the conference on Islands and EU Overseas Entities’ Contribution to Biodiversity Conservation and the Fight Against Climate Change is now available. This conference aimed to create political momentum at the EU and international levels for the recognition of islands and overseas entities’ assets and values and highlighted their key role for successful climate change adaptation strategies and biodiversity policies. It took place in December 2011 at the European Parliament.  …  

27 Feb 2012 | News story

Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)

EU experts on IPBES thematic content

Over 80 experts, including those from the IUCN Secretariat and several IUCN Members, recently gathered for a workshop of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) to discuss the proposed work programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It was an opportunity to identify numerous ways for IPBES to collaborate with existing mechanisms so that its first activities are timely and effective. The workshop outcome is now available.  …  

21 Feb 2012 | News story

Children in Anggra-Arfak Mountains, West Papua

The future we want - preparing for Rio+20

Preparations are gearing up for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development that takes place in June, with the release of the so-called ‘zero draft’ of the conference’s outcome document. …   | Spanish

31 Jan 2012 | News story

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre joins UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for press conference on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative

IUCN expertise in UN push for sustainable energy for all

IUCN’s Director General joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week to outline his Sustainable Energy for All initiative to the media. …  

22 Jan 2012 | News story

Nest of the Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

IPBES: the Birth Pangs of a New Assessment Process

“Much has been written in academic Journals on what the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) could, should and might do, but in fact remarkably little has yet been finally decided upon [..] While this may seem to many to be an interminable process, it is important to recognise the advances that have been made,” says Jerry Harrison, Head of Development at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. …  

12 Jan 2012 | News story

IUCN comments on the way IPBES is being shaped

UNEP, acting as the interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), has published all comments received from governments and other stakeholders on the draft elements of the IPBES work programme, the rules of procedure of the plenary and related IPBES procedures. The comments also include contributions from the IUCN network.
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10 Jan 2012 | 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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