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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney'[viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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CIFOR Announces Photo Competition Winners[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the winners of its Global Landscapes Forum photo competition with first prize awarded to a photo of rice terraces in Yuanyang, China, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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FAO-CIC Panel at WPC Discusses Hunting and Fishing in PAs[viewed]

Participants discussed the contribution of hunting and fishing in supporting community-based development and in the planning and management of protected areas (PAs) at a panel session organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The session took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC).

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Event: Launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network[viewed]

The formal launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network will be held from 15:00 - 15:40 in Paris, France, with remarks delivered by George Mina, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO, and Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, UNESCO.

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IUCN Report Assesses Benefits of Natural World Heritage Sites[viewed]

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage sites provide climate stability and support economic and human well-being, according to the first-ever assessment of the benefits and ecosystem services provided by these sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the report at its World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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World Parks Congress Inspires a New Generation[viewed]

Among its many themes, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) has hosted discussions and events on, ‘Inspiring a New Generation.' This theme aims to empower youth to experience, be inspired by and value nature, and promotes a shared vision of inter-generational partnerships for parks, people and the planet.

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World Parks Congress Showcases Efforts to Improve People's Health through Nature[viewed]

Encouraging all people to access and enjoy national parks is one of many themes under discussion at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress. Several organizations have showcased initiatives at the Congress, such as the Active in Parks program and the Trailrider, an innovative all-terrain wheelchair, which are encouraging and facilitating citizens to connect with and conserve parks and nature.

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UNCCD Publication Offers Data on Land Degradation[viewed]

The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a report, 'The Land in Numbers: Livelihoods at a Tipping Point,' which includes data and statistics related to land use and land degradation.

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction[viewed]

The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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Bioversity International Releases Toolkit for Practical Use of Biodiversity Indicators[viewed]

Bioversity International, in collaboration with partners, has released the 'Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS),' which provides guidance for the organization of workshops on the practical use of such indicators in the field.

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