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  • UNFCCC Cancun, host county logo Photo: UNFCCC

    Foundation for climate deal laid in Cancun - IUCN
    10.12.2010

    Governments at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, managed to approve a series of tangible if modest steps that set up a 'global climate fund' to help poor nations create a mechanism to share clean technologies, protect tropical forests and help the poor...
  • PNN Defensores del Chaco Photo: Freddy Chávez, Nativa 2010

    Make sure the poor don’t miss out on REDD, says IUCN
    07.12.2010

    Governments need to put more attention and resources into making sure vulnerable people get their fair share of benefits from REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), according to IUCN.
  • Rhône Glacier, Valais, Switzerland Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Cécile Durussel

    Confidence needs to be restored urgently at the UN climate change talks in Cancun
    29.11.2010

    Governments must restore confidence in the negotiation process of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by increasing climate funding and ensuring natural solutions are part of the post-2012 regime, says IUCN.
  • Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Photo: Lawrence Lew via Flickr

    Deadline Life – Nagoya defines future for life on earth
    29.10.2010

    Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) have approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the next ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s...
  • Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands Photo: Stuart Chape

    Protect Planet Ocean Now
    17.10.2010

    With only one per cent of the world’s oceans under protection, countries are far behind the 10 per cent target promised for 2010. A greater political will and a change in the way we manage our marine capital are needed now to preserve the Earth’s oceans for...
  • Snake Photo: Rafael Rojas

    ‘Big Plan’ for nature needs big commitment
    15.10.2010

    World leaders need vision and political will to ensure we live in harmony with nature, says IUCN. This call comes in the run up to talks to halt the spiraling loss of biodiversity, which is ultimately threatening the existence of all life on earth.
  • Platymantis vitiensis, Fiji Tree Frog Photo: Paddy Ryan

    Cash now, save life tomorrow, says IUCN
    21.09.2010

    As world leaders gather in New York for tomorrow’s first ever United Nations high level event on the extinction crisis, ahead of the UN General Assembly, IUCN urges governments to put up the cash that will allow the ever increasing rate of species extinction...
  • Women pressing palm oil, Ghana Photo: Flickr/Raysto

    Environment and gender equality: the keys to achieving Millennium Development Goals
    20.09.2010

    Achieving gender equality is fundamental to sustainable development and to attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger. This is expected to be one of the major conclusions of world leaders...
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Photo: Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory & The Dolphin Institute

    Biodiversity where it belongs at top of UN agenda
    17.09.2010

    UN’s first ever high level event on biodiversity: September 22, New York, US  
  • Papahanaumokuakea, Hawai’i Photo: J Tamelander / IUCN

    World Heritage goes marine – Hawai’i and Phoenix Islands Added
    30.08.2010

    Six new natural sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 34th World Heritage Committee meeting which closed in Brasilia last night. The Committee also updated its List of World Heritage in Danger.
  • La Reunion, Piton cabris, copyright IUCN Wendy Strahm Photo: IUCN

    New natural jewels on the World Heritage crown
    02.08.2010

    Following IUCN’s recommendations, the landscapes of France’s La Reunion Island, Russia’s Siberian Putorana Plateau and the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas of Kiribati have been added to the List of Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The Committee also...
  • Knuckles Mountain Range, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka Photo: IUCN Vinod B. Mathur

    Hawai’i and Sri Lanka added to the World Heritage List
    31.07.2010

    The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Papahānaumokuākea in Hawai’i were added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, currently meeting in Brasilia. The Committee continues its consideration of natural sites for inscription.
  • Atsinanana, Andohahela, copyright Geoffroy Mauvais, IUCN Photo: IUCN

    World Heritage in Danger: two natural sites listed
    30.07.2010

    Following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), important rainforest areas in Madagascar and the Everglades National Park (USA) have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger at the World Heritage annual...
  • Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Imène Meliane

    Galapagos off danger list but still at risk
    29.07.2010

    The World Heritage Committee decided to remove the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) from the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger, despite IUCN´s recommendation to the contrary.
  • sand dunes in the Alashan Desert, north western China. Photo: Andrew Goudie Photo: Andrew Goudie

    Deserts on the World Heritage List: Filling the gaps
    27.07.2010

    Deserts are not just arid, inhospitable places, they are unique and fragile environments and surprisingly full of life. But only a few deserts are World Heritage Sites, despite them covering one third of the earth’s land surface, says IUCN.

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