Ecosystem management

Restoration of Forests and Landscapes - How Countries Can Map and Value Their Restoration Opportunities

About 30 percent of potential global forest cover has been completely cleared and a further 20 percent has been degraded. But the spiral of increasing degradation and poverty can be broken.

A new global assessment used consistent data to map degraded forest lands and restoration opportunities at 1x1 km resolution. Historical and current forest extent was considered along with current land use and population density.

La construcción sostenible: una estrategia para la resilencia de los ecosistemas en países en desarrollo

Porque es posible que la construcción aporte a la resilencia de los ecosistemas y UICN demostró esto a través del Concurso de Anteproyectos de Vivienda Sostenible para Clase Media en Costa Rica.

Generando Capacidades Locales Para Hacer Frente al Cambio Climático en el Chaco

Compartir y promover una iniciativa de transferencia de capacidades y fortalecimiento de gobiernos locales (municipios), incorporando en sus metodologías de planificación el riesgo del cambio climático, lo que les permite programar acciones que reduzcan los daños gracias a una mejor capacidad de respuesta y planificación.

Future pressures and opportunities for conservation introductions: what might be moved and where, responsibly?

IUCN´s 1998 Guidelines for Reintroduction are a globally applied set of principles available in 7 languages, forming the basis of many taxon-specific versions. Despite use and application worldwide, the Guidelines required updating in light of acute, new pressures facing species, and to better guide the deliberate translocations of plants and animals proposed ostensibly for conservation purposes.

Great Apes and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management through REDD

The tropical rainforests where great apes occur hold some of the most spectacular biodiversity on the planet, and they form incredibly important areas for conservation. Nevertheless, the same habitat that houses chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans—all of whom are classified as endangered or worse -- is among the fastest disappearing forest in the world and is rapidly being converted to other land uses through extractive industries such as logging, mining and agricultural expansion.

Nature Conservation: What has China been up to?

This is a joint poster exhibition among IUCN China members. While individually, it would highlight key environmental development of members, as a group it would be a picture of the recent trend of nature conservation in China.

Public/Private Partnership on Watershed Restoration

The Jiaquan Spring of Southern China is being commercially exploited for bottled water. Yet the watershed it depends on is facing multiple environmental stresses including soil erosion and loss of original forest cover and biodiversity, which are intricately linked to a broader set of problems in the social and economic fields. How can the delicate balance of business and nature conservation be reached? IUCN China is working with Danone Waters China (DWC) to support the design and development of a long-term road-map for watershed restoration plan in the Jiaquan spring watershed.

Vers une plus grande résilience des écosystèmes: lueurs d'espoir en Afrique subsaharienne

L´Afrique Subsaharienne dispose d´une biodiversité très riche (espèces et écosystèmes) mais qui est très vulnérable à la variabilité et au changement climatique. Aussi cette sous région est peuplée par une population essentiellement rurale (donc dépendant des ressources naturelles) et pauvre.

The VITEK Indicator: A New Method for Measuring the Retention or Change of Traditional Knowledge

Target 18 of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 requires that, by 2020, "the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities [...] are respected, subject to national legislation and relevant international obligations, and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention". To achieve this goal, it is crucial to have reliable means to gauge what is happening with traditional environmental knowledge (TEK) around the world.

Making biodiversity conservation "Climate Smart": adapting approaches for a changing climate

The valuable role ecosystems play in helping people to adapt to climate change has been well championed, including by IUCN, but how do we ensure that ecosystems themselves are able to adapt to a changing climate? Climate change is expected to have profound impacts on biodiversity with some estimates suggesting that up to a third of assessed species may be at elevated risk of extinction during this century.

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