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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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IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today that it is establishing an Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (ISTAP) to support the recovery of the Rio Doce Basin and the affected communities, following the 2015 collapse of the Fundao Dam in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The Rio Doce Panel will advise the Renova Foundation, an organisation formed by the Brazilian mining company Samarco, and its shareholders BHP Billiton and Vale, to manage the remediation and compensation programmes to address impacts from the dam failure...
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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...
IUCN is working with partners to establish an Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel that will provide advice on the environmental and social restoration underway in the Rio Doce watershed in Brazil.
In November 2015, the failure of the Fundão tailings dam at the Samarco mine in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil resulted in severe environmental, economic and social damage, as well as 19 deaths. The tailings spill ran approximately 650 km, from the mine,...
Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panels (ISTAPs) are a valuable tool for delivering technical advice, particularly when addressing controversial conservation and development issues.
For more than a decade, IUCN has developed and refined the ISTAP model to provide companies and other stakeholders with objective, credible and robust technical advice. While an ISTAP approach demands an objective perspective, it also links independent...

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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The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 held in Hawaiʻi, USA received the prestigious ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification for its efforts to minimise the environmental impacts of the event.  

The ISO 20121 certification is an international standard that was first introduced at the London Olympic Games in 2012. The framework helps organisations reduce negative environmental and social impacts of an event by minimising waste, energy, carbon and...
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Bangladesh is situated on one of the largest river deltas in the world and is highly vulnerable to the steadily increasing effects of climate change. Low-lying coastal areas like Cox’s Bazar, in particular, are most at risk, due to tropical cyclones and sea level rise which causes erosion, saltwater intrusion, flooding and other issues.

Implemented since May 2016 by local NGO Community Development Centre (CODEC), the “Restoration of coastal vegetation in Hnila Union Teknaf Peninsula” project aims to enhance the resilience of coastal ecosystems in the Teknaf peninsula of Cox’s Bazar and the...
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On February 2nd the world celebrates its wetlands – complex ecosystems that provide a wide variety of services and benefits for people and nature.  Wetlands such as estuaries, mangroves, marshes, and swamps play, beyond their biological role, a key part in helping people cope with disasters. Yet wetlands are in danger; threatened with drainage for agriculture, degradation, pollution, and destruction at an alarming pace. With the rise in disaster frequency worldwide, this year’s World Wetlands Day recognizes the urgency for investment in wetland conservation, to protect people and enhance their resilience to disasters.

'Wetlands and disaster risk reduction' is the theme of World Wetlands Day 2017 (WWD17). Spearheaded by the Ramsar Convention, WWD17 will focus on how wetlands can be protected, restored, and managed effectively to help absorb the shocks of disasters...
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"Responsive and Responsible Leadership" is the overall theme of this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, taking place from 17-20 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The invite-only Forum attracts thousands of business, government and civil society leaders, and IUCN Director General Inger Andersen is participating in a number of events.
Here is an overview of this year's World Economic Forum (WEF), along with some of the highlights. Prior to the start of the Annual Meeting WEF released its Global Risk Report 2017, and as in previous years, a numer of environmental-...

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