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...

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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A new video on the importance of transboundary cooperation for equitable and sustainable water resources development was launched today by IUCN, on the occasion of World Water Day. Through the perspectives of civil society organisation (CSO) representatives, the “Engaging CSOs, improving water resource management” video looks at what key stakeholders view as key success factors towards effective shared water resources management.  

The video was produced as part of the BRIDGE Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (BRIDGE GBM) project, an initiative launched by IUCN Asia in 2016, and supported by The Asia Foundation, to develop a regional civil society organisation vision for cooperative...

The Russian President has declared 2017 the Year of Ecology. This decision will draw public attention towards environmental issues, support the protection of ecological and biological diversity and reinforce ecological security of the country. The Action Plan for the Year of Ecology provides for more than 600 events across all regions of Russia.

Planned projects are divided into clusters. The largest one, both in terms of volume and number of activities, is ​​implementation of the new waste management system and the best available technologies (BAT). Besides that, in accordance with the decision of...

By reactivating the status of an IUCN member, St. Petersburg charitable public organisation “Biologists for nature conservation” reconnects with the world’s conservation community and main tendencies in the field of environmental protection and management. Being at the source of the news from nature science and conservation projects, it will apply the obtained knowledge in Russia. 

SPb CPO "Biologists for nature conservation" focuses on the research, conservation, public awareness and wise use of nature. It works in close collaboration with state institutions and municipalities, namely exchanging environmental information, providing...
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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.

To view the story, please click here.

Comme il s'agit ici du premier bulletin de la Commission depuis le Congrès mondial de la nature à Hawaï, je voudrais présenter le cadre général de notre travail au cours des quatre prochaines années, et vous inviter à apporter vos contributions en tant que membres!

La CEESP est un réseau unique d'environ 1 500 volontaires qui représentent toutes sortes de disciplines, allant entre autres de la biologie à l'anthropologie, en passant par l'économie et le droit, ou encore la culture et les peuples autochtones. Notre travail représente la croisée des chemins entre conservation et développement. Il est important de reconnaître que, depuis sa création, la CEESP a été la « conscience » de l'UICN : elle a souvent permis de s'interroger sur la façon dont nous mettons en œuvre la conservation, sur les droits, la responsabilisation, l'éthique, l'économie, et d'autres aspects encore. La voix de la CEESP n'a pas toujours été accueillie chaleureusement dans les milieux de la conservation mais, au fil des années, la commission a travaillé avec acharnement pour améliorer le secteur de la conservation et les efforts de conservation dans leur ensemble. La CEESP est parvenue à atteindre ce résultat en créant des espaces permettant d'entendre différents points de vue, en réagissant aux questions de droits, de genre, de moyens de subsistance, et en exprimant et en validant l'importance des sciences sociales dans la conservation.

En tant que Commission de l'UICN, nous avons pour tâche de contribuer à la mission de l'UICN en produisant et en diffusant des connaissances, en mobilisant des soutiens, et en faisant la promotion de mesures visant à concilier la conservation de la nature...

CEESP News - by Kristen Walker- Painemilla, February 2017

Ya que este es el primer boletín de la Comisión desde el Congreso Mundial para la Naturaleza en Hawái, deseo establecer un poco de lo que será nuestra labor durante los próximos cuatro años, así que bienvenidos a comunicarme sus ideas y observaciones en calidad de miembros.


La CPAES es una red única de aproximadamente 1.500 voluntarios que representan disciplinas que van de biología y antropología, economía y derecho, a la cultura y los pueblos indígenas, entre muchas otras. Nuestra labor representa la convergencia de la conservación y el desarrollo. Es importante reconocer que, desde su creación, la CPAES ha sido la conciencia de la UICN: a menudo ha cuestionado la forma en la que trabajamos los temas de conservación, el tema de derechos, la rendición de cuentas, la ética, la economía y más. La voz de la CPAES no siempre fue la más bienvenida en cuanto a conservación pero, con el paso de los años, la Comisión ha trabajado arduamente para mejorar cómo creamos comunidad y conversación sobre conservación, en general. La CPAES logró esto mediante la creación de espacios en los que se pueden escuchar múltiples voces, mediante la resolución de problemas de derechos, género, medios de vida, y mediante la articulación y la validación de la importancia de las ciencias sociales en la conservación.

Como Comisión de la UICN, somos responsables de contribuir a la misión de esta mediante la generación y difusión de conocimiento, la movilización de influencia, y la promoción de acciones para armonizar la conservación de la naturaleza con las grandes...

CEESP News - by Kristen Walker- Painemilla, February 2017


As this is the first Chair's Note since the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, I want to set the stage a bit for our work over the next four years, and invite input from you as members!

CEESP is a unique network of approximately 1,500 volunteers representing disciplines from biology and anthropology, economics and law, to culture and indigenous peoples - among many others. Our work represents the crossroads of conservation and development. It is important to recognize that since its inception, CEESP has been the conscience of IUCN: often questioning how we do conservation, looking at rights, accountability, ethics, economics and more. CEESP’s voice was not always the most welcomed in conservation, but over the years, the commission has worked hard to improve our conservation community and conversation efforts overall. CEESP did this by creating spaces where multiple voices can be heard, by addressing issues of rights, gender, livelihoods, and by articulating and validating the importance of social science in conservation.

As a Commission of IUCN, we are charged with contributing to the IUCN mission by generating and disseminating knowledge, mobilizing influence, and promoting actions to harmonize the conservation of nature with the critical social, cultural, environmental, and...

On the eve of World Day of Marine Mammal Protection (Whales Day) in Russia, IUCN, WWF and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) released the Russian version of a joint report that examines how an IUCN-led independent scientific panel has contributed to the protection of the western gray whales that feed off Sakhalin Island. 

This Russian version of the report is dedicated to the memory of Alexey V. Yablokov - an outstanding Russian scientist, professor and expert on marine mammals, who served as a member of the IUCN Council and on the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP...


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