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GLOBAL UPDATES
 

The Convention on Biological Diversity brings focus to the remote ocean

The 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October) took an important step for the global ocean commons, the largest habitat for life on Earth. The 193 Parties to the Convention agreed to send key scientific information to the United Nations describing specific places of “ecological or biological significance” in the open ocean and deep sea, including the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction. (Full story)

Manta Ray
 

Largest Salmon in the World Edges Toward Extinction

An international team of scientists have released assessment reports on the precarious status of a group of Asian salmon, taimen, which are recognized as the largest species of salmon in the world. The reports conclude that all species of taimen are now listed as threatened or Data Deficient on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, and point to a host of ongoing and emerging threats, including habitat loss and over- harvest. The reports warn that if key conservation actions are not taken, the species will be steadily pushed toward extinction. Five species of taimen exist in Asia, and they are thought to represent the evolutionary branch that gave rise to modern day trout and salmon. (Full story)

A large Siberian Taimen (Hucho taimen) in Russia
 

IUCN’s New President Elected

IUCN Members elected a new President at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, Korea. Mr Zhang Xinsheng of China will lead the world’s largest environmental organization for the next four years. He succeeds Ashok Khosla, who successfully represented IUCN since the last Congress held in Barcelona. Mr Zhang is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Eco-Forum Global, an independent organization founded in 2009 committed to building consensus among all stakeholders for development of a green and sustainable future. Today’s challenges have led him to devote himself to environmental protection and sustainable development.

Zhang Xinsheng
 

Charting IUCN’s course for the next four years

The IUCN Programme 2013-16 is driven by two features of life today: Global production and consumption patterns are destroying our life support system – nature – at persistent and dangerously high rates. And people, communities, governments and private actors are under-using the power of nature and the solutions it can provide to global challenges such as climate change, food security, social and economic development. IUCN calls these nature-based solutions. The new IUCN Programme aims to mobilize and unite communities working for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction in common efforts to halt biodiversity loss and apply nature-based solutions. The three Programme Areas are: Valuing and Conserving Nature; Effective and Equitable Governance of Nature’s Use, and Deploying Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges in Climate, Food and Development. (Full story)

Floating food market in Thailand
 
CHINA UPDATES
 

Environmental Education and Communications Roundtable Discussion & Members’ Meeting to be held on December 20th, 2012 in Beijing

Environmental Education and Communications play a critical role in the world’s transition to sustainable living: how do we perceive our connection to nature, how do we change our consumption pattern and the production process of goods? How much do we know and value biodiversity? How do we describe China’s environmental education, its concept and needs? Representatives from Government, education, NGO and private sector will be sharing their experiences and describe the challenges and priorities for Environmental Education and Communications. For details and registration, please visit: (link)

IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
 

IUCN China and UNEP-WCMC host Workshop on Protected Area databases and management

On 27 November, UNEP-WCMC and IUCN China hosted a workshop on protected areas databases in China, “China National Workshop on Protected Areas”. The workshop is part of UNEP-WCMC’s project to strengthen the information base in Asia, held in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), through review by experts. The objectives of the workshop were to discuss the application of IUCN Management Categories in China and to initiate a process of more sustainable data flows, including updates to the WDPA.  (Full Story)

Dr. Zhu Chunquan, Country Representative of IUCN China, presenting the Chinese translation of IUCN Protected Areas Managment Categories Guidlines.
 
MEMBERS’ CORNER
 

Improving public environmental rights in the Chinese province of Guizhou

Empowering the victims of environmental pollution and the creation of a strong base for good environmental governance – this is the goal of a two-year project that is launched in November 2012 within the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme (EGP). Today many people in China suffer from environmental problems relating to water, air and solid waste pollution. At the same time, they are often unaware of their environmental rights. he project brings together knowledgeable Chinese organizations such as the All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), the Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection (GZICCEP) and the Guiyang Public Environmental Education Centre (GPEEC) with international experts from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) with the purpose of strengthening the public’s access to environmental justice. The project has a budget of 1.2 million (CNY 9.7 million) and is financed through Europe Aid. For more information please visit: (link)

Miyun, China
 
NEW IUCN PUBLICATIONS
 

2011 IUCN annual report (PDF)

An Assessment of the illegal ivory trade in Vietnam (PDF)

The Role of Protected Areas in Regard to Climate Change (PDF)

Initiating effective transboundary conservation: A practitioner’s guideline based on the experience from the Dinaric Arc (PDF)

 

 

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature © 2012

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

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