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The benefits of nature for health and wellbeing of urban citizens

We need nature in our lives. There is a growing body of research outlining nature’s positive influence on health and well-being. Regular contact with nature has been found to reduce stress levels, increase concentration, stimulate exercise, promote social cohesion, and help to treat diseases and disorders. These positive influences on mental and physical well-being in turn lead to substantial economic benefits, by increasing economic productivity and reducing health-care costs. …  

26 May 2015 | News story

Arabian oryx

Action for Antelope

Marwell Wildlife has joined forces with the IUCN Species Survival Commission to host the new Antelope Specialist Group (ASG) Programme Office …  

26 May 2015 | Article

“Lonesome tree, Torridon” - Torridon, Northwest Highlands, Scotland

Confronting risk: The Red List of Ecosystems as a practical and effective tool for conservation

We know our planet faces unprecedented impacts from human activity and climate change – biodiversity loss and environmental degradation continue at alarming rates – but where are the opportunities for action? What can be done to secure a sustainable future? IUCN has developed the Red List of Ecosystems (RLE), a new tool and global standard to assess risks to ecosystems so as to inform where and how we can act. It is a tool that is already in high demand. …  

26 May 2015 | Article

PMs during the training

The Environmental & Social Management System: An intrinsic part of IUCN's project cycle

IUCN programme managers attended the IUCN ESMS expert team training workshop in ‪Bangkok‬ to learn more about the environmental and social management system put in place as an intrinsic part of IUCNs project cycle. It provides organizational measures and tools to systematically screen projects on potential negative environmental or social impacts and much more.   …  

26 May 2015 | Article

Artemisia granatensis

Europe’s medicinal plants in decline, 2% threatened with extinction – IUCN report

The IUCN European Red List of Medicinal Plants provides, for the first time, information on the status of all major medicinal plants native to Europe. This assessment includes 400 vascular plants, including trees, aquatic plants and epiphytes, which occupy a wide range of habitats. These plants include common and widely-used species such as Arnica (Arnica montana), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris). …  

26 May 2015 | News story

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From Solutions to Resolutions: A New Social Compact for Just and Effective Conservation of Biocultural Diversity – Policy Matters (Issue 20, 2015) call for papers

IUCN-CEESP is planning to devote an entire issue of its flagship Policy Matters journal to the vision of the 'New Social Compact', a movement that sought to galvanize diverse stakeholders to collectively commit to a new conservation ethic at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney and beyond. …   | French | Spanish

26 May 2015 | Article

Espacio en Redes Sociales

¿Interesado en Comunidades Resilientes?

La organización Cultura Ambiental, miembro de la UICN, lanza un espacio en Facebook para conocer más sobre este tema.  …  

25 May 2015 | News story

U.S Ambassador Ted Osius discussing during the Leadership Committee meeting

Ha Long - Cat Ba Alliance Leadership Committee Meeting

On May 5, IUCN organized the first meeting of the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance Leadership Committee in Ha Long City. Funded by USAID, the Alliance was established in April 2014 to bring government, business, and civil society together to address environmental problems in Ha Long Bay. It is modeled on the Chesapeake Bay Alliance (https://allianceforthebay.org/), which was founded in 1971 and fosters multi-stakeholder partnerships to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. …  

25 May 2015 | Article
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Participants of the third Pacific Green Growth Leaders' Coalition, 2015

A Pacific time, in a Pacific place with Pacific people - Pacific Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition

The inspiring atmosphere created around the Pacific Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition has definitely left its mark on the 18 Pacific Leaders gathered from the 5th to the 9th of May at Yatule Resort in Natadola, Fiji. This Fono* was a remarkable opportunity for leaders from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia to discuss common challenges to sustainable development and seek collective advice and counsel on the proposed strategies to promote Green Growth. …  

25 May 2015 | News story

What Can Private Investors Do for Sustainability Rich Rangelands of Jordan?

It is considered critically important for Jordan as a country to invest in one of its major resources, natural rangelands, to preserve one of the country’s principal assets on one hand and to contribute to the country’s economic development on the other hand. Investments in these areas until now are however limited and when made, have often contributed to land degradation and exhausting the natural resource basis (the rangeland’s natural capital).  …  

24 May 2015 | Article

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