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Perverse priorities

Perverse priorities

Globalization leads to at least US$ 200 billion being spent on ‘perverse’ subsidies that harm biodiversity habitats as well as economies. This subsidies funding is ten times more than conservation spending worldwide. Norman Myers describes the paradox. …  

02 Jun 2008 | News story

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Economic Tools for Marine Protected Areas

From 26-30 May 2008, the IUCN Regional Office for Oceania, Coral Reef Initiatives for the South Pacific (CRISP) and the Secretariat of the Pacfic Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted a regional workshop on the use of economic tools for supporting the design and management of marine protected areas (MPAs). …  

01 Jun 2008 | News story

Annabelle Minter, Environmental Law Intern

New Environmental Law Intern - IUCN Regional Office for Oceania

Annabelle Minter has joined the IUCN Regional Office for Oceania as an environmental law intern. …  

01 Jun 2008 | News story

Critically Endangered Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii)

Less talk, more conservation, says IUCN

Bonn, Germany – The time to take action to stem the destruction of the natural world is now, according to the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). But the strong words coming out of the Bonn meeting fall short on the action the world is demanding, says IUCN. …  

30 May 2008 | News story

Daniel Klein, IUCN's Environmental Law Centre

The third pillar of the CBD: Access and Benefit Sharing

Access and Benefit Sharing is intrinsically linked to the other two pillars - conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Delegates in Bonn agreed to continue work on an international regime for this issue. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

Committing to regional cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development by signing the declaration

Historic agreement for biodiversity in South-Eastern Europe

Committing to regional cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development, six governments of South-Eastern Europe signed an agreement to dramatically expand transboundary conservation efforts. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

Plundering the Pacific

Plundering the Pacific

Globalization is not good news for Pacific Island fisheries and the people who depend on them, says Martin Tsamenyi. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

Forest fire, Costa Rica

The best things in life are not free

Costa Rica paid 200 million USD to its farmers to protect ecosystems. In doing so, it saved 460,000 hectares of forests and contributed to the well-being of 8.000 people. Such payments for ecosystem services are one way to reward unrecognised benefits of good ecosystem management. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

apricot flowers

IUCN Presents Red List Exhibit at US Botanic Gardens

May 23, 2008—As part of the US Botanic Garden’s “One Planet—Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd Century” summer exhibition, IUCN’s Species Program and USA Multilateral Office unveiled an exhibit at a media briefing and preview tour. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ exhibit showcases display panels explaining the IUCN Red List and the nutritional and medicinal uses of plants. The exhibit also features live specimens of threatened or endangered plants in the Botanic Garden collection which are tagged with the IUCN Red List. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

Japan adopts the Basic Act on Biodiversity

Japan adopts legislation to combat biodiversity loss

Two days after the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting in Kobe, the National Diet of Japan adopted the Basic Act on Biodiversity. The Act formally recognises biodiversity as a challenge all countries must face and one that needs immediate nonpartisan action. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

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