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  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park, China - World Heritage site Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a World Heritage site in China Photo: IUCN / Chris Wood

    New IUCN report helps choose the right tools to assess how key natural areas benefit people

    07.08.2018

    IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) today has issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their...

  • Summer mountain pasture in the Pyrenees; sustainable grazing can help conserve healthy, biodiverse soils Summer mountain pasture in the Pyrenees; sustainable grazing can help conserve healthy, biodiverse soils  Photo: Myrabella CC3.0

    To feed future generations, countries must invest in living soils

    15.06.2018

    Governments should invest in healthy, living soils by channelling agricultural subsidies towards sustainable farming methods. If done right, agriculture can conserve the diversity of species found in soils, helping halt land degradation and desertification....

  • Bedouin Herder in the Hima Eyra Range Reserve, Balqa Governorate, Jordan Bedouin Herder in the Hima Eyra Range Reserve, Balqa Governorate, Jordan Photo: Dr Mahfouz Abu Zanat

    Conserving soil biodiversity important for greater agricultural productivity

    15.06.2018

    A recently released IUCN technical brief recommends increasing investments in sustainable land management practices, as well as better cooperation between agriculturalists and conservationists to conserve healthy soils. 

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

  • BMU IKI opens the 10 Year Conference in Bonn BMU IKI opens the 10 Year Conference in Bonn, Germany on May 5th, 2018. Photo: BMU IKI

    Germany confirms commitment to climate and biodiversity finance

    10.05.2018

    At the tenth anniversary celebration of IKI, the initiative and IUCN reflected together on the progress made in deploying Nature-based Solutions to climate change, reaffirming the role of ecosystems and biodiversity for climate action.

  • Fireflies Radim Schreiber Photo: Radim Schreiber

    PLOS ONE commemorates its tenth anniversary

    04.05.2018

    PLOS ONE celebrated last year its tenth anniversary, and chose “Scientific Foundations of an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems” as one of the most influential documents of the decade.

  • Tigray rangelands in Ethiopia Tigray rangelands in Ethiopia  Photo: Jonathan Davies

    Worsening land degradation undermining human well-being worldwide, experts warn

    30.04.2018

    The pervasive nature and scale of land degradation is currently undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, according to an IUCN co-authored assessment of global land degradation and restoration.

  • Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles Photo: Jim Thorsell

    New biosecurity project on Aldabra Atoll World Heritage Site

    22.03.2018

    The Seychelles Islands Foundation has recently started a new project funded by the Indian Ocean Commission and European Union to improve biosecurity measures for Aldabra, entitled, ‘Institutionalisation and implementation of biosecurity measures to ensure...

  • EcoDRR2 Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop participants. Photo: IUCN Oceania

    IUCN facilitates learning in the Pacific from Asia experiences on the Large Scale Mangrove Protection and Restoration

    09.03.2018

    Suva, Fiji, 09 March 2018 (IUCN) – Reminiscing the adventures of growing up around mangrove forests in Fiji, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Peter Thompson, who is also serving as the UN Special Envoy for Oceans, shared...

  • Restoration sign in the wetlands of Alviso Marsh, Don Edwards wildlife refuge, south San Francisco bay, California Photo: ©Sundry Photography Shutterstock

    World Wetlands Day 2018: Focus on Urban Wetlands

    02.02.2018

    For the seventh year in a row, the WEF Global Risk Report placed Water Crises in its Top 5 Global Risks. Such repeated warnings have led business and policy makers to seek solutions and innovation to avert water crises. Yet solutions often lie in...

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