December 2011

 Trevor Sandwith, Director, IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme

Durban enters the end game

After nearly two weeks in Durban the UN Climate Change Summit has entered the end game with negotiaters scurrying from meeting to meeting in a last ditch effort to secure a just and legally-binding climate deal to keep the global temperature rise to 2°Celsius. …  

09 Dec 2011 | News story

Ashok Khosla

IUCN President gets top WWF honours

IUCN President Dr Ashok Khosla OBE, one of the world’s leading experts on the environment and sustainable development, has been awarded the 2011 WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal. …  

09 Dec 2011 | News story

Vietnam's forests are an important store of carbon for the REDD market

Guatemala advances with REDD+, says IUCN

Durban, South Africa, 8 December 2011 (IUCN) — Guatemala’s National Forest Service (INAB) has recognized wider land rights for indigenous peoples and local communities, making it possible for these groups to access benefits and payments from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, known as REDD+, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

08 Dec 2011 | News story

Locals in Kadavu watch a demonstration of potting soil bags as part of the training on native forest restoration.

Water wins in Oceania

Successes and lessons learnt from IUCN’s water projects in Oceania were the highlight of discussions at the final Water and Nature Initiative Project Meeting, held from November 28 to December 1 2011 in Suva, Fiji. …  

08 Dec 2011 | News story

Bishop Geoff Davies, Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institution, South Africa

Faith in the convention: a spirit of trust at climate talks

The world’s major religions have become increasingly engaged in environmental issues in recent years. At this week’s UNFCCC COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) is one example of how major faiths are not only getting involved in climate change debates, but are uniting across faiths in order to speak with one voice on issues of environmental justice. …  

08 Dec 2011 | News story

West Africa

Will Africa Climate Talks deliver for Africa

The 54-nation African Group says its minimum expectation from the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban is a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol. However, that result seems someway off at present.
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08 Dec 2011 | News story

European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

EVENT: Islands and Overseas Entities’ contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change

The European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development will host an event on islands and Europe overseas on 20 December at the European Parliament in Brussels. …  

08 Dec 2011 | News story

Boy with Rice and Fish in the Tsitongambarika forest

Protecting nature makes sense: IUCN and Rio Tinto assess conservation’s costs and benefits

A new study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) finds that by financing the restoration or protection of natural areas, companies can offset the negative impacts of their operations and generate significant economic benefits, but the needs of local communities must be properly addressed. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2011 | News story

IUCN NL

Change of management in the National Committee of The Netherlands

Willem Ferwerda will step down as general director of the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL) as of 1 March 2012 after more than 11 years spent in this leading role. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story
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New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story