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Wild berries in Sherpa, Nepal

IUCN and UNEP urge governments to use science in policy decisions

The need to create a scientific panel on biodiversity and ecosystems services, was one of the hot topics discussed by delegates at the UNEP Governing Council in Nairobi this week. …  

19 Feb 2009 | News story

Geech villagers in the Simien National Park in Ethiopia

New OECD publication says smart use of natural resources can alleviate poverty

The OECD has just released Natural Resources and Pro-Poor Growth: The Economics and Politics. This publication is intended to help decision-makers in developing countries reduce poverty.   

17 Feb 2009 | News story

Thomas Laughlin

IUCN US WELCOMES DEPUTY HEAD OF THE GLOBAL MARINE PROGRAM

IUCN is delighted to announce not only a new member of staff to the Washington DC office, but also a new position. Thomas Laughlin joins IUCN as the recently appointed Deputy Head of the Global Marine Program. …  

13 Feb 2009 | News story

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

Western Gray Whale and ship.

Scientists concerned about Sakhalin Energy’s inadequate collaboration on whale conservation

The 5th Report from the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) published last week expressed strong concerns about Sakhalin Energy’s inadequate collaboration on whale conservation on the Sakhalin shelf in eastern Russia. The Sakhalin shelf is not only the location of one of the largest oil and gas developments in the world, but also the principal known feeding grounds for the critically endangered western gray whales. …  

12 Feb 2009 | News story
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Compost project Sharkia, Egypt

Estimated carbon emissions from the IUCN World Conservation Congress fully offset

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a truly unique event in its capacity to unite so many members of the global environmental community. To the delegates, this unmatched opportunity for learning, exchanging ideas, and meeting new people is priceless. …   | French | Spanish

12 Feb 2009 | News story

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ABS in the Antarctic?

The Government of the Netherlands hosted an Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on Biological Prospecting in the Antarctic Treaty Area in Baarn, Netherlands on 3-5 February 2009. …  

11 Feb 2009 | News story
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A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

S.O.S. - Save Our Seas

by Dan Laffoley, marine vice-chairman of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, and Sylvia Earle, founder of the Deep Search Foundation.

Could the oceans become the place where humanity finally gets its act together? Or will we become the victim of the many environmental threats now coming together? …  

11 Feb 2009 | News story
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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

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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