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Young people have immense potential to contribute to forest conservation and restoration. Watch our video and read on to see how and why IUCN is harnessing their knowledge and skills to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues.

In Colombia and Rwanda, young people have played a crucial role in furthering IUCN’s efforts to restore degraded and deforested landscapes using the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach. At a Congo Basin Forest Partnership meeting held in November...
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Developing a framework and tools for enhancing equity and justice in protected areas management This 12-month project responds to the demand expressed by the CBD and the IUCN World Parks Congress that protected areas should be managed equitably. The...
Since mid-2014, IUCN (led by SULi), TRAFFIC – the wildlife trade monitoring network, and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) have collaborated with a range of partners on initiatives to highlight the importance of the role that...
CoP17 The AfESG was involved in a number of consultations prior to, and attended, the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CITES CoP17), held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October, 2016. The 67th and 68th meetings...

The fruits of the Allanblackia, a tree considered vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, are harvested in the tropical rain belt of Africa – from Guinea in the west through to Tanzania in the east. Oil from the seeds has been extracted for generations and used for cooking or soap making, but a new commercial application of the oil might be the key to ensuring Allanblackia’s future.   

Around the year 2000, the global consumer goods company, Unilever, began to realise the great potential of Allanblackia seeds as a new source of oil that could be used in their products. They set out to purchase seeds in a socially and environmentally...
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When farmers and small land holders organise into producer groups to support both livelihoods and forests, remarkable things can happen to a landscape – including a system to sustainably harness energy from forests. That is exactly what happened in a small agroforestry venture in Thailand – and now others are learning from them. Celebrate this year's International Day of Forests (21 March) by learning about these forest champions.

Small producers organised into forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs), cooperatives or associations can aggregate production and raise their profile among buyers while reaching economies of scale. Strong FFPOs can also train members on business...
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IUCN is committed to gender equality. To support International Women's Day, the Water Programme compiled some of their most recent efforts to empower women in decisions and actions for sustainable water management.

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Cameroon recently announced a 12 million hectare restoration pledge to the Bonn Challenge by 2030 – the largest thus far from Central Africa. The question arises, how do countries decide to commit? What is the groundwork that goes into it? We look closer at Cameroon’s experience.

IUCN first started working with the Government of Cameroon to advance its REDD+ agenda, with a focus on building the capacity of local, sub-national and national government agencies and NGOs and on convening multi-stakeholder platforms on rights-based...
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The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress shares knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 discussed and created original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.
Visit the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website Discover The Promise of Sydney What are protected areas?

Cameroon has committed to restoring over 12 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge initiative. The pledge is the biggest made so far in the species-rich Congo Basin, home to the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest.  

The Bonn Challenge, launched in 2011 at an event hosted by Germany and IUCN, is a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. With Cameroon’s commitment, the Challenge has reached...
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