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IUCN Digest – 25 October 2022

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Message from the Director General

Dear Members,

We just ended the inaugural IUCN Leaders Forum: Building nature-positive economies and societies in Jeju, the Republic of Korea. It was a success with 400 in-person participants. At the Forum, leaders from government, private sector, and civil society moved concretely towards a nature-positive framework (photo by Jeju Province-Ministry of Environment ROK-IUCN). This will be fundamental to achieving a world in harmony with nature. You can find the outcomes document on our website, here. I would like to thank our host partners and Members – the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, who played a key role in organising and supporting the Forum, as well as all our sponsors.

We must now use the momentum from Jeju to drive us through the upcoming marathon of COPs. IUCN will participate in the Ramsar COP14, the UNFCCC COP27, the CITES COP19, and of course – the CBD COP15. And I know that we will have a strong presence in all of these COPs because you, dear Members, will be there with us. I look forward to waving the flag of IUCN high with you over the next two months and beyond.


IUCN News pages

IUCN Global Ecosystem Typology closes major gap in our ability to measure the state of nature

Recognising diverse knowledge systems is essential for effective climate change policy

Novel concepts and alternatives to turn plastic waste into useful products – resources for a circular economy

IUCN partners with Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the Rock Group, and the European Union to host the annual Circular Economy Conference ahead of COP 27

IUCN and Huawei Launch Tech4Nature Publication to Showcase Best Practices in Technology-based Nature Conservation

Local community engagement in conservation management

IUCN Leaders Forum closes with call to measure progress towards nature-positive future

New online tool quantifies contributions to global goals for nature

IUCN launches network of regional government members engaged for nature

IUCN invited to join launch of UNEP report on Sports

Sports for Nature sets the baseline for new framework

Earlier this month, IUCN announced an exciting new partnership with Sails of Change, to support a new Sports for Nature project. On 2 November, IUCN and its Members are invited to attend the online launch of a new UNEP report exploring this theme. The UNEP report helps set the baseline for the new Sports for Nature Framework, which IUCN is developing with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Olympic Committee and UNEP, in consultation with sports organisations. To participate in the launch event, hosted by Loughborough University, please register via the booking form. For more information about the project, please contact the IUCN Coordinator for Sports for Nature at:


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.

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

As part of BIODEV2030, stakeholders in the Republic of Guinea participated in two-day workshop this month to discuss commitments for biodiversity conservation and strategies for mobilising the forestry, agriculture and mining sectors. 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

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

Webinar – Community-led management of wildlife impacts,27 October 2022, 1pm UK time. Register here.

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 I

UCN – 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)


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

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IUCN Blog – Crossroads – Latest blog – The private sector can (and should) lead the way on nature-positive

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