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Giant mimosa (Mimosa pigra) growing 4 m high in a dense, impenetrable single species thicket on the Kafue Floodplain in Zambia

Are protected areas in Africa harbouring invasive species?

Protected areas, long thought of as safe refuges for animals and plants, are under increasing threats from invasive species which not only affect biodiversity but also people’s livelihoods. Protected areas can have huge social and economic value, particularly in Africa, where national parks are a major tourist attraction and a significant source of income. But according to the Global Invasive Species Programme, of which IUCN and CABI are partners, many managers of protected areas in Africa are not aware of the severity of the problem which is on their doorsteps nor how to address it.   …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

New Short Film on European Zoos and Wildlife Conservation

EAZA, representing more than 300 of Europe’s best zoos and aquariums, has released a short film highlighting the in situ conservation work done by its members. Zoos have knowledge and expertise that is crucial in the fight to save biodiversity. From CEC member Eoghan O’Sullivan, Communications and Membership Manager, EAZA. …  

20 May 2010 | News story

IUCN UK Conference

IUCN UK Conference overcomes volcanic consequences

At the foot of Edinburgh's own, thankfully 'extinct', volcano, the IUCN UK Conference "Nature - What's in it For Me?" was held at Our Dynamic Earth over the two days 19th and 20th April 2010 and was attended by over 100 participants on each day. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

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FAO: spotlight on grasslands biodiversity

How is biodiversity linked to food security? A side event, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia and the Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture at the 36th session of the European Commission on Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Yerevan, Armenia, highlighted the fundamental role of grasslands biodiversity in securing food supply. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

from left to right – Mr Kamran Lashari - Mr. M.A. Cheema – Mr. Muhammad Javed Malik.

A one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’

Islamabad, 19 May 2010: IUCN Pakistan, Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI – Asia), in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and United Nations Environment Programme’s project Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), organized a one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’ at Islamabad today. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

Jatropha curcas, Mali

Responsible Biofuels and Beyond: critical issues for the Convention on Biological Diversity work programme

IUCN and WWF convened the side event Responsible Biofuels and Beyond : critical issues for the CBD agriculture programme of work to highlight critical issues relating to the biofuels and biodiversity agenda including land use, indirect landuse change, impacts on smallholders and vulnerable groups, invasive species risks, indicators for biodiversity, biodiversity information available for biofuels decisions, and processes for identifying responsible cultivation areas.
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19 May 2010 | News story
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Post-2010 Strategy: from challenges to compromises

Tomorrow 20 May the IUCN Spanish National Committee will host the VII Foro de Biodiversidad which will focus on the post-2010 strategy for biodiversity and the challenges Spain and the European Union will face in view of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan). …  

19 May 2010 | News story

Prince Hassan of Jordan at the WANA Forum

Reviving Hima at the WANA Forum

The hima is a traditional system of resource tenure that has been practiced for more than 1400 years in the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabic word “hima” literally means “a protected place” or “protected area”. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature has facilitated a technical session on Hima during the WANA Forum 2010 which was held between May 16-18, 2010 in Jordan under the theme “Pursuing Supranational Solutions to the Challenges of Carrying Capacity.” …  

18 May 2010 | News story

A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

New prescription needed for medicinal plants

Medicinal plants are valuable species: they provide income and healthcare to thousands of people around the world. Greater numbers of people rely on traditional medicine, mostly based on herbs, for their primary healthcare than ‘conventional’ or western medicine. But 15,000 species of medicinal plants are globally threatened from, amongst others, loss of habitat, overexploitation, invasive species and pollution. …  

18 May 2010 | International news release

Susana González, científica uruguaya

The Whitley Fund for Nature reconoce a la científica uruguaya Susana González

Susana González,miembro de la Comisión de Supervivencia de Especies de la UICN, logró aumentar la población de ciervos de las pampas de Rocha y Salto, que están en peligro de extinción. Con su investigación ha descubierto aspectos de la vida de los venados que hasta el momento eran desconocidos. …  

18 May 2010 | News story

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