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IUCN has mitigated 100% of the carbon emissions associated with the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 held this past September in Hawaiʻi, USA. 

“IUCN takes its commitments to addressing climate change and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals very seriously,” says IUCN Director General Inger Andersen. “Clearly, the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 could not have contributed to achieving...
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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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In the city of Buenos Aires from March 15 to 17, 2017, IUCN organized the Regional Workshop "Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction for sustainable development: the role of biodiversity". The event was held within the framework of the project: “Resilience through investment in ecosystems: knowledge, innovation and transformation of risk management - RELIEF Kit”- with the support of the Argentinian Native Forests for Biodiversity Foundation and Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. 

Forty representatives of nongovernmental organizations and governmental institutions responsible for risk management, environment (biodiversity - climate change) and planning sectors in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay...
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Our existence depends on flows of goods and services delivered by a stock of natural resources – our ‘natural’ capital. But as we have degraded the planet’s ecosystems, we’ve lost huge stocks of this natural capital and we are starting to feel the pinch.

People have long depended on natural systems for our survival and development, nowhere more visible than in our history of extracting minerals and fuel products. However, we have also started to see the importance of healthy ecosystems for providing essential...
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IUCN participated in the High-Level Action Event: Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda that took place in the UN Headquearters on March 23-24, 2017. 

A summary by the Permanent Oberver Mission of IUCN to the United Nations In collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), H.E. Peter Thomson, the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General...
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The importance of regional cooperation took centre stage at the first Steering Committee meeting and inception workshop for the Indo-Burma Ramsar Regional Initiative (IBRRI), held on 29 and 30 March in Bangkok, Thailand.

The event shared the Ramsar Regional initiative’s vision with the wider wetlands community and officially launched the new regional wetlands project “Mekong WET: Building Resilience of Wetlands in the Lower Mekong Region”, which will support the technical...
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Protected area managers face enormous challenges: a lack of resources, invasive species, poaching, and development to name to just a few. Now along comes a threat that is bigger than all the previous ones and interacts with most of them. Climate change is real and an enormous challenge to our very understanding of the role of protected areas, humanity’s key conservation tool.

Mitigation and adaptation though protected areas IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas has responded with a timely guidance document for protected areas managers and planners.  Their message is a positive one: much can be done to both mitigate...
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In order to promote biodiversity in the implementation of nature-based solutions in climate policies, five recommendations were made to guide the implementation of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Mediterranean by studying the cases of Morocco and Tunisia. This initiative was promoted by IDDRI and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.

These recommendations are presented in two reports which have just been published in the form of a study and a policy brief focusing on Morocco and Tunisia, the two Mediterranean countries that have put forward the most NBS-type measures in their...
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Fiji, 8-10 March 2017-IUCN convened representatives from both the disaster management and environment sector from 10 pacific countries during a workshop on ecosystem-based approaches to reduce disaster risk. It was a unique opportunity to initiate multisectoral dialogue to mobilise joint actions for risk reduction through ecosystem management.

The past few years saw important developments in the disaster risk management sector. The need to shift efforts from responding to disasters towards more proactive risk reduction is being emphasized more and more. And in this line, ecosystems such as forests...
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Join us in our yearlong video series, Voices on Forests, spotlighting the expertise of thought-leaders on the issues, ideas and facts around forests. 

The nexus of people, sectors and organisations focussed on forests is complex and multifaceted, making it difficult to hear the individual gems of insight, advice and experience coming from the experts, field workers, community members, and decision makers...
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