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IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, welcomed a recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Environment and Human Rights, Prof. John Knox, which highlights how biodiversity and ecosystems are essential to human rights. 

This is the first-ever UN report acknowledging that the loss of  biodiversity undermines human rights, for example by reducing agricultural and fisheries outputs, negatively affecting health or removing filters from the water cycle. By conserving...
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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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Enrolment is now open for the first World Heritage Leadership course, which will focus on “Addressing Nature-Culture Interlinkages in Managing World Heritage Sites”. It is organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) – two advisory bodies on World Heritage.

The course will take place in Norway’s World Heritage site Røros Mining Town and the Circumference from 6 to 16 June 2017. The deadline for applications is 31 March. Part of World Heritage Leadership, a new project aiming to build the skills of...
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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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“All ethnic peoples have the same political aspirations – peace, self-determination and environmental sustainability” - Paul Sein Twa, Karen leader from Myanmar

  Today was the opening of The Community Kauhale ‘Ōiwi, a peer-to-peer meeting space at the IUCN World Conservation Congress that provides an opportunity for local and indigenous leaders to exchange knowledge and best practices in sustainable...
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The community E Alu Pū Global Gathering (28-31 August 2016), hosted by the E Alu Pū network and convened by Kua’ Āina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA), started on 28 August in a campsite at the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Hale’iwa on Oahu. E Alu Pu means “Move Forward Together”, and is a network of Native Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli) that share the vision that to nurture community is both a responsibility and a privilege. They work by coming together to learn directly from one another on how to better care for the land.

The community E Alu Pū Global Gathering (28-31 August 2016), hosted by the E Alu Pū network and convened by Kua’ Āina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA), started on 28 August in a campsite at the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Hale’iwa on Oahu. E Alu Pu means “Move...
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Five outstanding individuals in three natural World Heritage sites have been shortlisted as Heritage Heroes for their exceptional work in protecting some of the world's most precious natural areas.

Discover their inspiring stories and decide who will get your vote!

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Challenges and opportunities for the engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities in REDD-plus Indigenous peoples and climate change “…Indigenous peoples (IP) face specific challenges as a consequence of climate change and related policy...
Indigenous and traditional peoples have often been unfairly affected by conservation policies and practices, which have failed to fully understand the rights and roles of indigenous peoples in the management, use and conservation of biodiversity. In line with...
IUCN has been working for some time for the protection of sacred natural sites, through its Secretariat offices and its Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA), which is part of the World Commission on Protected...

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