October

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Non-governmental actors united for a role in IPBES

Scientific and civil society organizations have called for a role in an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) both as providers and end users of knowledge. During the opening of the First Plenary Session to establish IPBES, these organizations stressed that their engagement is crucial for the relevance, impact and legitimacy of the Platform. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

Cyrie SENDASHONGA, Head of the IUCN Delegation to the First Session of the Plenary Meeting to Establish an IPBES, Nairobi

IUCN to support IPBES

IUCN strongly supports the establishment of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2012 as a global mechanism to further strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. This statement was delivered during the opening of the First Plenary Session to build IPBES, which is currently being held in Nairobi, Kenya. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

Call for contributions to the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal – Towards the legal recognition and governance of ecosystem services

On Sunday 3 July 2011 a joint-workshop organized by the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Centre, entitled “Towards the legal recognition and governance of ecosystem services” was held in Mpekweni, South Africa. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

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IUCN supports strategy on gender and climate change in Tanzania

About forty participants from various government ministries and civil society organizations in Tanzania met last week to develop a national strategy on gender and climate change. Hosted by the Division of Environment in the Vice President’s Office, the workshop was facilitated by the IUCN Tanzania office and the IUCN Global Gender Programme; and ran for three days from 28 to 30 September 2011. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story
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Climate and Development Knowledge Network

New fund promotes innovation in climate change & development

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is offering £1.1 million in funding to support projects and research that advance climate-compatible development strategies, access to climate finance, and resilience. Apply by 28 October. …  

03 Oct 2011 | News story

Cover: Guidelines for Sacred National Sites in Estonian

IUCN-UNESCO’s Guidelines for Sacred Natural Sites translated into Estonian

In Estonia, around 2,500 traditional sacred natural sites covering large areas of land are known to contain significant spiritual, cultural and natural heritage values. Further research and documentation are expected to reveal a network of as much as 7,000 sacred natural sites in the country alone.   …  

03 Oct 2011 | News story

Woman at water pump, Tanzania

Boosting women’s equality—critical for tackling environmental challenges

IUCN is working closely with three key United Nations environmental conventions to develop a shared roadmap to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. …  

03 Oct 2011 | News story

2nd Model home completed.

Palau’s green home model grabs regional financing attention

Thirteen financing institutions from the Pacific region have gathered in Koror this week to learn from Palau’s successful green home energy model.   …  

03 Oct 2011 | News story

Slices of dried Devil´s Claw tubers in the hands of a local harvester, Botswana

Jewels of the Kalahari

For poor people living in the drylands of Southern Africa, sustainably harvesting and marketing a range of valuable natural products could help lift their fortunes. …  

01 Oct 2011 | News story

Conserving the grasslands of northern Kenya for people and wildlife

Striking a balance

There’s a growing realisation that successful conservation comes from strengthening governance processes and involving the people who live with and depend on nature. In northern Kenya, IUCN and partners, with support from UKaid and other donors, are helping to secure a future for endangered Grevy’s zebra and the people who share a land with this iconic species. …  

01 Oct 2011 | News story