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Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Mining in South Africa

The potential of mining to impact biodiversity is well known, but little has been done in South Africa, one of the world´s major mining countries, to assist mining companies to reduce their impacts on biodiversity and contribute positively to biodiversity conservation. Instead they have been expected to show initiative or follow international examples of good practice, such as the International Council on Mining and Metal´s (ICMM) Good Practice Guidance (GPG) for Mining and Biodiversity, which was developed through ICMM´s dialogue with IUCN.

Law and governance for REDD+

In partnership with the World Resources Institute, ClientEarth, the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, the IUCN Regional Office for Mesoamerican, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the International Development Law Organization, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, GLOBE International and Conservational International-Peru, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (IUCN-ELC) has invited a range of expert lawyers and organizations doing legal work related to REDD+ to participate in this event.

Sub-Global Assessments: Tools and techniques for undertaking and using Ecosystem Assessments

With mounting socio-economic pressures and continued lack of appreciation of its true value to society, nature must stake its claim in the future of the planet. An ecosystem assessment is one such approach for this, where the findings of science concerning the causes of ecosystem change, their consequence for human well-being, and management and policy options are brought to bear on the needs of decision-makers.

Re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture - the Society for Ecological Restoration

Ecological restoration is a powerful strategy for reversing biodiversity loss, increasing the provision of ecosystem services, and contributing to sustainable livelihoods. What makes restoration uniquely valuable is its inherent capacity to provide people with the opportunity not only to repair ecological damage, but also to improve the human condition (SER/IUCN 2004).

Gestión de territorio: la participación privada en la sostenibilidad del paisaje cultural

Las actividades extractivas cuentan con la gran oportunidad de ser actores relevantes en la gestión del territorio, como espacio geográfico, político, social y cultural para beneficio de su entorno natural. La responsabilidad social es generar un ambiente propicio al diálogo y al desarrollo local en igualdad de condiciones para el poblador local, colaborando en la conservación de su cultura, su paisaje y su diversidad de ecosistemas: montaña, agua, humedales, páramos.
Generemos resiliencia social, también!!

Challenging Value Systems in Conservation

Conservation has its roots in an ethic which emphasised aesthetic and moral reasons for conservation but recently, greater attention has been given to identifying the economic value of biodiversity and market-based conservation mechanisms. However, individuals may support conservation for many reasons, such as the emotional value they place on a particular species or place. Alternatively, the relevance of biodiversity to daily life and the essential goods and services that ecosystems provide may not be understood.

Progress in the implementation of the Amazon ecosystem-based conservation vision

In the Amazon the whole is more than the sum of the parts and a regional conservation is need to face the threats and drivers. This an inovative approach of the protected areas system of the region to complement national biological and cultural conservation strategies, thanks to the implementation of the Work Plan for Protected Areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which contributes to maintaining an Amazon that is whole, functional and resilient in the face of climatve change.

What role will the implementation of TEEB play in conservation efforts?

“There is an urgent need to incorporate ecosystem values into policy and national accounting systems… Ecosystem values must be a cornerstone of IUCN’s work”, as indicated in The IUCN Programme 2013-16 .

The idea of mainstreaming nature’s values is becoming a priority objective across institutions, governments, businesses and societies worldwide, due in large part to ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) initiative.

From Good Intentions to Action: National Implementation on Gender and Climate Change

Women’s historic disadvantages, limited access and control over decision-making, environmental and economic resources, and their restricted rights make them more vulnerable to climate change. However, this disproportionate burden of climate change on women can be countered by empowerment and recognition.

Women have important primary roles as managers of forests, land, water, and other natural resources. This position makes them powerful agents of change in formulating adaptation and mitigation measures. Women are part of the solution.

Recovering Kashmir Red Deer (Cervus elaphus hanglu) from its relic population in Dachigam National Park of Jammu and Kashmir State, India.

The only population of Kashmir Red Deer or Hangul (Cervus elaphus hanglu), endemic to Jammu and Kashmir State of India, has drastically declined with its population figures bouncing down from 2000 in 1947 to mere 200 heads in 2011, thereby pushing the species squarely towards extinction. Shrinking habitat, over the years, forced the confinement of this animal to Dachigam N. Park of Jammu and Kashmir, which, down the timeline, got its identity established as last abode of hangul.

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