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IUCN Digest – 11 October 2022

Welcome to the bi-weekly digest for IUCN Members and IUCN Commission members.

Message from the Director General

Picture by: Marina Prieto

Dear Members,

The time has come! Just one more day before we launch the inaugural IUCN Leaders Forum:Building nature-positive economies and societies in Jeju, Republic of Korea. There, leaders and changemakers will gather to build a common understanding of nature-positive, which will then allow the measurement of progress towards global conservation goals. This is generating much interest, which was evident when I visited Frankfurt last week to participate in the KfW Development Finance Forum 2022. The summary of the IUCN nature-positive approach was just released, and I encourage you to read it and share your thoughts – an extensive Union-wide consultation process is about to commence at Jeju.

This is one of the many IUCN events that show our global impact and convening strengthen. We just ended the 2022 IUCN WCEL Oslo International Environmental Law Conference, which generated deep reflection on the role of law in enabling the change needed to tackle environmental crises. Many congratulations to the Chair of WCEL for a successful event and to all colleagues who supported the preparations. We also just celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Mediterranean Centre, which saw the first-ever in person meeting of IUCN national committees from the Mediterranean countries (pictured).

For the IUCN Leaders Forum, it is still not too late to register. I invite you to view the event website to see the full programme and updated list of confirmed on-site speakers.


IUCN News pages

IUCN and Sails of Change launch Sports for Nature partnership to help sports become nature-positive

Marine Mammals Management Toolkit

DeSIRA agroforestry research project preliminary findings showed indigenous trees key to landscapes restoration in Rwanda

World Rivers Day 2022: Protecting the free-flowing Aoos-Vjosa River in Greece and Albania

Conservationists and companies join forces to identify good practices for renewable energy development

Just released: The Restoration Initiative: 2021 Year in Review

Press Release: Protecting the Aoos-Vjosa River and its tributaries

Partners in blue carbon conservation team up for the Blue Carbon Conference 2022 in Thailand

Meet with inspiring PANORAMA Solution Providers: Adam Miller, Executive Director at Planet Indonesia


IUCN Events

IUCN Leaders Forum: See full programme, Jeju Province, South Korea, 13-15 October 2022

5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) 3-9 February 2023

UNESCO 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, postponed until further notice. The publication of official documents, including IUCN recommendations, will be established by UNESCO in accordance with the Rules of Procedure at the appropriate time.

Resolutions and Recommendations

From 13 to 15 October, IUCN will hold its first Leaders Forum in Jeju. This event will provide a platform for advancing nature-positive solutions (i.e. solutions to halt and reverse the loss of nature) by bringing together leaders and changemakers from across sectors around the world. On this occasion, we recall some of the main Resolutions that relate to the discussions that will take place in the forum.

Resolution 7.033 – Promoting biodiversity preservation through environmentally friendly energy transformation measures asks IUCN’s Secretariat, Commissions, and Members to assist governments to design and implement plans to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050 and to repeal policies that obstruct energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Resolution 7.056 – Biodiversity financing calls on Members to assess and showcase the co-benefits of investments in nature conservation and its sustainable use and the costs of inaction. It also calls on States to integrate biodiversity goals and considerations into policies and key economic sectors, including by reforming harmful subsidies and linking international trade deals and development funding to biodiversity protection and restoration. Finally, it also calls on the financial sector to work on assessing the impacts that its investments have on biodiversity and the risks associated with nature degradation.

Resolution 7.114 Integrated solutions to the climate change and biodiversity crises requests that in line with the 2021-2024 Programme, climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives promote biodiversity conservation, and that synergies between climate and biodiversity are improved. It also encourages all relevant components of IUCN to contribute to learning platforms to share knowledge on these topics, and encourages governments to support the deployment of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and to raise the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Resolution 7.116 Develop and implement a transformational and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework provides detailed information on what the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework should include, and makes a specific call for an equitable, nature-positive and net-zero world to ensure there is more nature globally in 2030 than there was in 2020. It therefore calls on Members to support a post-2020 GBF that clearly addresses both direct and indirect drivers of the loss of biodiversity, aims to half the footprint of production and consumption, and mainstreams biodiversity across all sectors, among other things.

Resolutions and Recommendations constitute a means through which IUCN Members set the organization’s general policy, influence conservation priorities and find support for moving commitments into action. The whole Union is responsible for their implementation, and we invite you to submit your activity reports on theResolutions and Recommendations Platform to help us monitor their implementation. Everything you need to know to submit an activity report is in thisUser Guide. Many thanks for your contributions!

Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

IUCN’s work on the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework

First draft of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Post-2020 global biodiversity framework (issues brief)

BIODEV2030 – Inspiring national action

This update highlights the added-value of the BIODEV2030 initiative in the 16 pilot countries, where it mobilised 39 key sub-sectors and engaged more than 1,300 stakeholders on biodiversity issues. Read more…

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Science-based ecosystem restoration for the 2020s and beyond (publication)

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration website


Work @ IUCN

The IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group is recruiting a Policy Officer to support its ongoing engagement with the major biodiversity conventions, governments and science-policy links for human-wildlife conflict and coexistence. The deadline for applications is 24 October 2022. Further information can be found here.

Call for solutions on Wildlife Health and Zoonotic Disease Risk Reduction

Call for Solutions on Tourism Best Practices

A Challenge to Reimagine Conservation in 2022

Currently running tenders

Online Learning and Webinars

Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility (BNCFF) – Investing for Ocean Impact, Podcast

Webinar: NASA’s Applied – Evaluating Ecosystem Services with Remote Sensing – online series

IUCN Webinar Series – The last sprint to COP 15

GBV-ENV Center webinar: Engaging men and boys to address GBV in coastal biodiversity management

2022 RedList trainer course – Become a certified RedList trainer

IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Briefing Paper – Perspectives on Human-Wildlife Coexistence

IUCN – Papaco (IUCN Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation) – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Future Learn – IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

SSC – ReversetheRed

CEC – #NatureForAll – Discovery Zone Online Resources

The Smithsonian Science Education Center – Distance Learning.

Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Case Studies

IUCN SSC CPSG training opportunities (Conservation Planning Specialist Group – Species Survival Commission)

Register for forthcoming Species Conservation Planning training from CPSG:

Facilitating Species Conservation Planning Workshops in-person training (SECAM, Seville, Spain, 7-11 November 2022)

Wildlife Disease Risk Analysis online course (24 October-16 December 2022)

Ex situ Conservation Assessment online course (Self-paced, start date 10th October 2022)


IUCN Asia’s Quarterly Newsletter

Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) – Newsletter September 2022

Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) – Newsletter August 2022

Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) – Newsletter September 2022

Invitation RtR Webinar: National Red List Indexes: Why do we need to produce them and how should we go about it, September 21st

Australian Committee for IUCN Spring 2022 Newsletter

Species Survival Commission (SSC) – SSC Species E-Bulletin September 2022


Latest IUCN Publications

Membership Info Guide

International Union for Conservation of Nature: Central and West Africa Regional Office Annual Report 2021 (in French)

Guidelines for using A global standard for the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas : version 1.2

Enhancing the integration of governance in forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments

Guidance and toolkit for impact assessments in a World Heritage context

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IUCN Blog – Crossroads – Latest blog – Applying the lessons of climate change to halting biodiversity loss

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