Policy

L´accès à la justice et le contentieux de l'environnement

Le juge occupe une place centrale dans la mise en œuvre du droit de l´environnement. En effet, il est le seul habilité à prononcer des sanctions judiciaires pour cause de violation des règles environnementales. En appliquant les sanctions prévues par les textes en vigueur, le juge contribue efficacement à l´application du droit de l´environnement.

How can IPBES bring us further in conserving the world’s biodiversity?

The commitment to value and preserve our natural heritage involves a mix of knowledge generation, support and influence of the policy-making process, capacity building and an exchange of the best practices. In IUCN, we have been using assessments and monitoring as major conservation tools. The establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in April 2012 is offering unique opportunity to improve our practices.

Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity – a conservation mechanism for the private sector

As societal expectations and regulatory environments rapidly evolve regarding the private sectors’ land use management and obligation, appropriate and sustainable conservation mechanisms have never been more relevant. Recently, both the International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development adopted policies that aim to move the private sector towards ensuring either no net loss or achieving a net positive impact on biodiversity for the projects that receive finance. A number of conservation mechanisms are emerging for debate.

The Wind Turbine: A Green Energy Generator or a Threat to the Ecosystem

Wind turbines are known as effective energy generating systems since they use the wind, which is renewable and freely available. Moreover, wind turbine companies claim that the system generates no pollution or waste in its operation. The American Wind Energy Association and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association assert that wind is currently the most cost-effective source of renewable energy.

Man, Development and Water: Issues and Challenges in Himalayas

Water being fulcrum of future pace of growth and development of any economy, it is expected that the proposed workshop will prove beneficial to understand the issues and challenges of water related development in context of human dimension as well know nature based solutions to climate change. In the process of development, man (human dimension) is lacking, there are policy makers and executor, but not involvement of those for whom these developmental activities have been planned.

Benefit-sharing approaches

Benefit sharing systems should provide effective incentives for sustainable forest, genetic resources and other natural resources management and conservation activities while it builds support and legitimacy for such activities. To achieve this dual objective, benefit sharing should be more equitable than a strict focus on economic incentives allows for.

Creative participatory methodologies for protected areas management: New approaches and challenges

This Knowledge Café represents a continuation of the Knowledge Café conducted by us in 2008 at the IUCN Congress in Barcelona, and aims at promoting and advancing the discussions and experience sharing concerning new methodological and pedagogical approaches for protected areas management. Participatory methodologies for protected areas management represents one of the main challenges related to social inclusion and benefit sharing concerning biodiversity conservation strategies.

Landscape Governance Mapping: A Tool for Social Resilience

Social resilience has recently emerged as a critical component in assuring biodiversity conservation success particularly in the face of climate change. Social resilience rests on trust among stakeholders that fosters effective communication, flexibility and adaptation. One of the most critical elements of social resilience is thus understanding and promoting sound governance, the ability of institutions to assure transparent and accountable management and benefit flows. Natural resource governance systems that have authority, legitimacy, motivation and capacity to effectively manage ecosystems and the benefits they provide are critical to sustained conservation and development success. USAID and SCAPES program partners will share a landscape-scale perspective and experience with mapping and assessing governance across high-biodiversity mosaic landscapes while encouraging the adoption of more targeted metrics for tracking the effectiveness and resilience of governance.

Establishing individual relationships with community and government leaders to develop sustainable resource management capacity

Our proposal to help achieve the IUCN Programme 2013-2016, based upon our unique experiences in South America and Southeast Asia, is to encourage NGOs working in developing countries to first focus upon developing individual relationships between NGO board members and rural community leaders and their responsible government officials who can then work together as partners in identifying local and national needs to manage and utilize local wildlife resources for subsistence and/or economic well-being, and then second, focus upon developing a program, based upon a thorough understanding of re

Advocating for Indigenous Rights: From Local Indigenous Communities to Global Action

Advocacy of indigenous rights takes on many forms. From community organization and activism, to legal and policy advocacy, the progress regarding the rights of indigenous peoples has required numerous tools and numerous strategies. This knowledge café is a dynamic exploration of those tools and strategies.

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