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IUCN Digest - 21 June 2022

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Message from the Director General

I had the pleasure of travelling to Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway where I met with IUCN’s Framework Partners who continue to provide instrumental core support to the Union. I exchanged with IUCN State Members, the Ministers of Environment and Ministers of International Development (in Norway and Denmark), on issues relating to climate change, 30x30, agriculture, finance for nature, NbS and Red List amongst other key topics for IUCN. I also had excellent meetings with the IUCN National Committees of Finland – our oldest National Committee – and Denmark. I was heartened by their warm welcome, their inspiring work and strong commitment to the Union.

Dear Members, I am also pleased to share with you that last week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting, historic agreements were reached on fisheries and agriculture. These directly relate to discussions the IUCN Council had with the WTO leadership and members last month. WTO members reached a long awaited agreement on fisheries subsidies aiming to end harmful subsidies and protect global fish stock for all that rely on it. On agriculture, WTO Trade Ministers agreed on a draft declaration on the emergency response to food security. You can read more on the WTO website, and on our IUCN website.

This is truly ground-breaking news, and quite timely as well. The fisheries subsidies deal is unprecedented, and we look forward to continue working with the WTO towards further and even more encouraging agreements.


IUCN News pages Visit of the Secretary General of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs to Tanzania Lau Seascape Expedition IUCN Member Organizations express concern over the Chilgoza Forests fire in the Suleiman Mountain Range New Book: Sacred Mountains of the World, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press 2022) Govan Wetlands of Glasgow: winner of Ramsar-Danone Grant Prof. Margaret Davies, “Law and Nature Dialogues Webinar” 16 June 2022 IUCN, Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) project shares proposed Policy recommendations to improve the management of plastic waste in Fiji and reduce leakages from target sectors IUCN Statement on human rights violations in Loliondo, Tanzania IUCN applauds WTO Trade Ministers’ decision on fishing subsidies


IUCN Events Fourth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nairobi, Kenya, 21-26 June 2022. IUCN Position Paper Second UN Ocean Conference: Lisbon, Portugal, 27 June – 1 July 2022 IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC), Kigali, Rwanda, 18-23 July 2022 Protecting Nature on Mediterranean islands, Malaga, Spain, 27 September, 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.

IUCN Congress

Congress Highlights IUCN Resolutions, recommendations and other decisions Proceedings of the Members’ Assembly IUCN Statutes Congress archive pages on the IUCN website

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) IUCN Position Paper for the fourth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework,taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from21-26 June 2022.

BIODEV2030 - Inspiring national action

Burkina Faso aims to adopt sustainable production methods in its cotton, livestock and gold sectors by 2030

The BIODEV2030 project, launched in early 2020 supports the country's development ambition, while promoting the adoption of voluntary sectoral commitments that incorporate ambitious biodiversity conservation and restoration measures. The project's national technical monitoring committee recently reviewed the two years of progress of BIODEV2030 in Burkina Faso. It praised the contributions of the BIODEV2030 approach which facilitates multi-actor dialogues based on shared scientific data and assessments to mobilize all stakeholders.

For more information, visit the website.

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

How to organize restoration from the grassroots - IUCN Community Organizing Toolkit on Ecosystem Restoration (new publication)

Science-based ecosystem restoration for the 2020s and beyond (publication) UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration website


Work @ IUCN IUCN Academy Survey deadline: 26 June 2022 Open call for RISE proposals to address gender-based violence and environment linkages - 2022 deadline: 18 July 2022 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

2022 RedList trainer course - Become a certified RedList trainer IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Briefing Paper - Perspectives on Human-Wildlife Coexistence Learning in Practice Webinar Series: Engagement and Ethics of Working with Communities Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility (BNCFF) - Investing for Ocean Impact, Podcast Reverse the Red - Conservation Funding for Local Action and Impact IUCN - Save Our Species IUCN - Papaco - Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Future Learn - IUCN Red List of Ecosystems CEM - Dialogues - Ecosystem Restoration SSC - ReversetheRed WCEL - Law and Environment Lectures CEC - #NatureForAll - Discovery Zone Online Resources The Smithsonian Science Education Center - Distance Learning. Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Case Studies


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