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IUCN Digest – 22 November 2022

Updated: Feb 9

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

Message from the Director General

UNFCCC COP27. The results are, unfortunately, far from what the planet needs to ‘keep 1.5 alive’. While progress is still far too slow, the recognition of the key role that Nature-based Solutions play in addressing climate change is greatly welcomed. It was wonderful to see so many IUCN Members in Egypt helping to drive momentum forward. I invite you to read the statement I delivered for us during the high-level segment (pictured), as well as the IUCN reflections on the COP outcomes. The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar COP14) also just ended. The active joint participation of IUCN Secretariat colleagues and Members allowed us to shape key relevant discussions and Resolutions – such as the Resolution “on enhancing the Convention’s visibility and synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements and other international institutions“. Furthermore, we are one week into the COP of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES COP19). An IUCN delegation is now in Panama City, and is working with all present Members and partners to ensure that endangered species are protected within global trade. Please read the IUCN position papers for the CITES COP19 and for the upcoming CBD COP15. I trust that in doing so, you will see the common thread of nature conservation that has run through all the COPs so far.


IUCN News pages Tackling Marine Plastics in Thailand, from Community-based Actions to Policy: A special day to keep “Koh Yao clean by our hands” Observance of World Fisheries Day 2022 IUCN expresses concern over slow progress at COP27 while welcoming recognition of Nature-based Solutions IUCN leads development of a new manual for the management of invasive alien species in the EU, incorporating animal welfare Luxembourg becomes an IUCN Framework Partner to help combat climate change and nature loss Egyptian COP27 Presidency, Germany and IUCN announce ENACT Initiative for Nature-based Solutions IUCN statement to UN Climate Change Conference 2022 Wildlife in a changing climate Feeding the world in a changing climate The Mangrove Breakthrough: a call to action for a critical ecosystem Kenya launches implementation of UN framework for ecosystem accounting


IUCN Events 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. First IUCN Open Access WeekDear Commission members, Thank you for your interest and participation in our first IUCN Open Access Week, last October 24 to 28. Our goal was for attendees to come away with greater knowledge and awareness on open access and scholarly communications more generally, and to inspire IUCN to solidify its open access foundations. The recordings and presentations from all sessions are now available in this link of the Union Portal. If you need more information, please contact Gabriela Hidalgo (

Resolutions and Recommendations

The first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-1) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, will take place in the Punta del Este from 28 November to 2 December. Concerned by the fact that plastic pollution has a significant impact on the environment and may affect wildlife, IUCN Members’ Assembly adopted Resolutions that address this issue. You can find below three examples of such Resolutions: Resolution 7.019 Stopping the global plastic pollution crisis in marine environments by 2030 urges the IUCN Commissions and Members to raise public awareness and to promote innovative solutions to prevent marine plastic pollution. It also asks the international community to reach a global agreement to combat marine plastic pollution in order to ensure resource efficiency and circular economy, promote responsible management of single-use plastic waste, and introduce measures to reduce discharges of plastic litter to the ocean, among other things. Resolution 7.069 Eliminate plastic pollution in protected areas, with priority action on single-use plastic products urges State Members to take priority action by 2025 to prevent pollution of protected areas by single-use plastic products, with the ultimate goal of eliminating all plastic pollution in protected areas. Resolution 5.136 Effective strategy and actions to address the worsening problem of petrochemical plastic and other solid wastescalls on governments to implement laws and support initiatives to minimize the use of plastic in their countries and encourage alternatives and invite countries to address the problems at all levels, considering the global impact that solid wastes have on ecosystems. The Resolution also calls on the Director General to support the exchange of information on best practices in the management of solid wastes, and to foster cooperation among government institutions, the business sector and civil society to demonstrate possible solutions. 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!

COP News

IUCN is participating in the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP14) Which took place in Geneva from 5 – 13 November. IUCN at UN Climate Change Conference COP27 which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 – 18 November. IUCN Position Paper for CITES COP19 IUCN Webinar Series – The last sprint to COP 15

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

The BIODEV team will spotlight biodiversity mainstreaming at several events during the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties next month in Montreal – Read more here.

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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


Work @ IUCN Call for solutions on Wildlife Health and Zoonotic Disease Risk Reduction A Challenge to Reimagine Conservation in 2022 Currently running tenders

Online Learning and Webinars

Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence – Learning in Practice Webinar Series:Engagement and ethics of working with communities. Recording.Community-led management of wildlife impacts. Recording.Incentives and financial instruments for coexistence. Recording. Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility (BNCFF) – Investing for Ocean Impact, Podcast Webinar: NASA’s Applied – Evaluating Ecosystem Services with Remote Sensing – online series 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 CPSG training opportunities (Conservation Planning Specialist Group – Species Survival Commission)

Register for forthcoming Species Conservation Planning training from CPSG: Wildlife Disease Risk Analysis online course (24 October-16 December 2022) Ex situ Conservation Assessment online course (Self-paced, start date 10th October 2022)


The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) – Bulletin 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 Australian Committee for IUCN Spring 2022 Newsletter Species Survival Commission (SSC) – SSC Species E-Bulletin September 2022


Latest IUCN Publications Membership Info Guide 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 Subscribe to IUCN Newsletters IUCN Blog – Crossroads – Latest blog – The private sector can (and should) lead the way on nature-positive

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