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Let’s get serious!

IUCN and the UN Global Compact are helping business in Rio get serious about biodiversity, boosting private sector efforts in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services – the benefits we get from nature. …  

18 Jun 2012 | News story

Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)

'Rhino under threat’ film premiere in Rio

The United Nations TV (UNTV), and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) launched today at Rio + 20 the film Rhino under threat. From the massive parks in South Africa and Swaziland, to the crowded streets of Hanoi in Viet Nam, the film shows the brutality of the current spike in illegal killing of rhino and the impact it is having on local communities. The film investigates what is driving the demand for rhino horn in Asia and the powerful measures being taken by national authorities to fight this crime. UNTV obtained exclusive access to the Environmental Crime Investigation and Air Services of South Africa and to black markets in Hanoi. …  

18 Jun 2012 | Article

deforestation

USA and others to restore more than 18 million hectares of forest lands

USA forest service, Rwanda, a Brazilian coalition and indigenous groups from Mesoamerica have committed to restoring a total of more than 18 million hectares of their forest landscape. This will pump billions into local and global economies and bring a host of other benefits, according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

18 Jun 2012 | News story

View across what was once the Atantic Rainforest, just north of Rio de Janeiro

Up the road from Rio - fresh forests and green jobs

Several centuries of farming have left the Atlantic rainforest north of Rio de Janeiro scarred and with just a few patches of forest left as havens to rare birds and mammals. Recovery of this forest would seem a tall order. But for Mauricio Ruiz, founder of Instituto Terra de Preservacao Ambiental (ITPA) this has been his life’s work. …  

17 Jun 2012 | News story

Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

Rio+20 Launch: TEEB for Water and Wetlands

A new TEEB -The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity- initiative for Water and Wetlands will be launched at the UN's Summit on Sustainable Development on 15 June in Rio, Brazil. …  

13 Jun 2012 | News story

Apollo

National Park best practice to represent Turkey at Rio+20

A project by the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, an IUCN Member, carried out in Küre Mountains National Park, was chosen as best practice on sustainable development and green economy. 25 best practice projects will represent Turkey at the Rio+20 Conference this month. …  

13 Jun 2012 | News story
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Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Bianca Jagger, IUCN and Airbus launch campaign supporting world’s largest forest land restoration initiative

Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Airbus launched today “Plant a Pledge” – an online campaign to mobilise public support for the largest restoration initiative in history. …  

11 Jun 2012 | News story

GoodPlanet Film festival

IUCN Member GoodPlanet runs film festival in Rio

IUCN Member GoodPlanet will be running a Film Festival during the Rio+20 negotiations in Rio de Janeiro in June. Find out what GoodPlanet's founder, the world-renowned photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, has to say about the event and what it hopes to achieve: …   | French

08 Jun 2012 | News story

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Turning the Rio dream into reality

Today we celebrate World Environment Day — a moment for the conservation community to take a deep, collective breath as we power towards the Rio+20 conference and onwards to the IUCN World Conservation Congress, writes IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. …  

05 Jun 2012 | Article

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

Invest in nature, improve our world

Background: In advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or ‘Rio+20’ as it is commonly known, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls upon policy-makers to rethink economic growth, promote social equity and ensure environmental protection. Among the key issues at the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit are the green economy and an institutional framework in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. …   | French | Spanish

31 May 2012 | Media advisory

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