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Gearing up for the UN Convention on Climate Change

Starting in Cancún on 29 November, the Convention (UNFCCC) wants to see progress in establishing an international post-2012 climate change regime which has so far proved painfully slow. The difficulties that caused a deadlock last year in the Copenhagen conference have not yet been overcome but even if the adoption of a global, legally-binding agreement at the meeting is increasingly unlikely, progress can still be made on a number of key issues.

> Read more about IUCN's participation in Cancún
> Watch Bill Jackson, Deputy Director General, talk about his hopes for Cancún
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Responding to Climate Change

Responding to Climate Change 2010

In Cancún, we must make sure that biodiversity is part and parcel of the post-2012 regime, says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General.

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From deserts to dreams

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See how degraded landscapes are being restored around the world, building resilience to climate change.

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Strength in diversity - increasing resilience in Sri Lanka

strength in diversity sri lanka

In Kudawa, a fishing village near the Kalpitiya peninsula in northwestern Sri Lanka, local people are starting to look at how to diversify their livelihoods in the face of climate change that is creating an uncertain future for all.

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Boosting the defences in the Pacific

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IUCN is helping Pacific islanders protect their mangroves to safeguard the critical roles they play as natural buffers against extreme weather, as carbon sinks and for increasing the resilience of communities to climate change.

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Taking control - Central America

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Watersheds, floodplains, wetlands, coastal and marine ecosystems are being increasingly valued as ‘natural infrastructure’ necessary for adapting to climate change.

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Safeguarding livelihoods in Mozambique

Safeguarding livelihoods in Mozambique

See how local communities are adapting to the changing weather patterns, from ensuring food security during drought periods to protecting their agricultural land from sea water.

> Listen to Roberto Zolho, IUCN Country Coordinator

Climate change adaptation and mitigation

Forest land use change

This film explains the two solutions IUCN sees to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) and Ecosystem-based Adaptation.

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Who will pay for REDD?

REDD who will pay for

Consuelo Espinosa, IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer, explains what Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) means and examines how REDD-Plus financing will work.

> Listen to Consuelo Espinosa, IUCN's Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer

Making sure REDD rewards the right people

making sure REDD rewards the right people

Ghan Shyam Pandey, from the Federation of Community Forest Users in Nepal, says that Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) will have to compensate the communities who actually protect the forests, rather than the governments and state agencies.

> Listen to interview

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UNFCCC Cancun, host county logo 29 November - 10 December, Cancún, Mexico
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> Official UNFCCC website


Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer. See how people are adapting to climate change.
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Alien Invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) which has spread around the entire tropics and is now moving north into southern Europe as Climate Change makes conditions suitable for it. How much do you know about climate change?
> Test your knowledge!


IUCN Publications on Climate Change

IUCN has published several books on climate change and Reducing Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD).
> See climate change publications


More publications

> Visit IUCN online Publications catalogue


Leading a preemptive strike

Wendy Foden of IUCN's Species Programme Wendy Foden of IUCN’s Species Programme is coordinating the work of scientists who are devising a system to determine which species are most vulnerable to climate change and why.
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Ocean acidification: questions answered

Seychelles, Indian Ocean A new guide provides the latest science on the speed and scale of impact that CO₂ emissions will have on the ocean and on humanity.
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Photo credits: Header banner ©Jim Thorsell; photo galleries © Jeffrey McNeely; Quiz © IUCN; Other news © Ameer Abdulla IUCN; Boosting the defences © Imène Meliane; strength in diversity © IUCN Sri Lanka; taking control © Diana Rojas; our scientists © Wendy Foden; safeguarding livelihoods in Mozambique © Daniel Shaw; who will pay for REDD © Doris Cordero; Making sure REDD rewards the right people © Sudeep Thakuri, HKKH Partnership; responding to climage change © IUCN