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Humphead wrasse wild and free in Indonesia

Marine issues swimming against the tide at CITES?

Marine issues have been high on the agenda at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Illegal, unmanaged and unreported fishing, as well as bycatch, is contributing to many species, such as sharks and commercial fish, becoming threatened. Dr. Kent Carpenter, IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment Director, talks about the importance of CITES in helping to ensure the continued survival of marine species. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

WANI / Tales of Water - El Salvador

IUCN supports World Water Day around the Globe

Celebrating this year’s World Water Day, Dr. Milika Sobey from the IUCN Oceania office in Fiji highlights the importance of ‘protecting forests, mangroves, and the restoration of river ecosystems to maintain and improve water quality which is vital to preserve ecosystem health, and ultimately provide clean water for people’. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

Red coral necklace

Coral trade gets kick back from delegates at CITES

Proposed regulation of trade in red and pink corals (from the family Coralliidae), used in jewellery and other decorative items, was voted down by delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. This family of corals currently has no international trade controls. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

Lights out to fight climate change - Earth Hour, 27 March

Since the first event in Sydney in 2007, hundreds of millions of people around the world have joined the world’s largest call to act against climate change by switching off all lights for one hour. …  

19 Mar 2010 | News story

Legal frameworks for REDD

Legal Frameworks for REDD: Design and Implementation at the National Level

Since 2007, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) has become a major focus of negotiations towards a post-2012 agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). An effective REDD mechanism could provide a strong tool for mitigating global climate change as well as enable developing countries to enhance tropical forest protection and sustainable development options. It is no coincidence, however, that many high-deforestation countries likely to host a majority of REDD projects also have the weakest forest governance records in recent decades, resulting in large part from inadequate design and implementation of forest laws. …  

19 Mar 2010 | News story

John Scanlon

John Scanlon appointed as New Secretary General of CITES

The ELP is pleased to share the news that John Scanlon, former Head of the Environmental Law Programme and Director of the Environmental Law Centre, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). …  

15 Mar 2010 | News story
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Country Representative IUCN Pakistan, Mr. Shah Murad Aliani and TPS-P’s CEO, Mr. Aziz Boolani after signing the MoU.

IUCN Pakistan Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Tourism Promotion Services-Pakistan

IUCN and TPS-P aim to raise sector-wide biodiversity performance standards in the ecotourism industry.
Islamabad, Pakistan: …  

12 Mar 2010 | News story

Superposición de territorios indígenas y áreas protegidas en América del Sur

Superposición de territorios indígenas y áreas protegidas en América del Sur

El documento surge del primer levantamiento de información y discusión sobre la situación de traslape entre áreas protegidas y territorios indígenas. Incluye un análisis acerca de las condiciones de gobernanza, estudios de caso en Perú y Bolivia y recomendaciones para un buen gobierno. …  

12 Mar 2010 | News story
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Earth viewed from space. Courtesy: NASA.

Conference - The Great Escape

The IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands is hosting a conference "The Great Escape, There is no planet B! Biodiversity Conservation, a Natural Ally in Sustainable Poverty Reducation" on 26th and 27th April, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The two-day conference aims to provide clarity amongst policy-makers on the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems to achieve economic development goals.
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11 Mar 2010 | 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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