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IUCN Digest – 30 August 2022

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

Message from the Director General


Dear Members,

For those who enjoy the summer vacations, I hope that you are returning rested and energised. There is a busy calendar ahead with multiple Conferences of the Parties, and many eyes are on the CBD COP15 in December.

Progress is still too slow. That is why I joined forces with 13 heads of the world’s largest nature conservation civil society organisations, sustainable business platforms, and international organisations. We signed a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres, urging him to convene a group of global leaders at next month’s UN General Assembly. This will allow them to demonstrate their leadership and ensure a successful and ambitious outcome for the CBD COP15 negotiations. We need to prioritise the interests of our planet and humanity, and think beyond our regional and national interests.

Furthermore, in less than 2 months we will launch the first edition of the IUCN Leaders Forum, an annual series of convenings for global leaders to find solutions to international challenges. This year’s Leaders Forum (13-15 October) in Jeju, South Korea, will determine how we can build nature-positive economies and societies. The outcomes will feed into IUCN’s contributions to achieving a successful CBD COP15. As I have written to you already, I hope you will join us there. Lastly, I invite you to check our live updates to the programme



IUCN News pages

Engaging Mozambique’s business and financial sectors on biodiversity

Opening the untapped potential of Nature-based Solutions in the Western Balkans – two national scoping studies available online

Joining forces to preserve our forests

Protecting the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican in Cambodia

Rhino poaching and illegal trade decline but remain critical threats – new report

Training on National Park Management Plan Development and Wildlife Conservation and Protection Plan Development for Non-Wildlife Hunting areas

Remembering former IUCN Councillor Andrew Bignell

Progress Towards a New International Agreement to Combat Trafficking in Wildlife


IUCN Events Protecting Nature on Mediterranean islands, Malaga, Spain, 27 September, 2022

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.

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

Through BIODEV2030, IUCN is joining forces with the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA) in Mozambique to accelerate voluntary private sector commitments that will help the country meet its national biodiversity goals.

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

Blue Carbon Accelerator Fund – call for proposals. Project developers and entrepreneurs in the Indo-Pacific region, Click here for more information and to check eligibility. Deadline: 7 September 2022

Multi-species Program Officer. IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group. Deadline for application: 30 September 2022

Single-species Risk Assessment and Conservation Planning Program Officer. IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group. Deadline for application: 30 September 2022

IUCN Save Our Species – Calls for Proposals for Conservations Grants and Research Support Grants – Fondation Segré Conservation Action Fund. Deadline: 3 October 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

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

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

2022 RedList trainer course – Become a certified RedList trainer

Webinar: How to apply the IUCN Red List Criteria for National Red List assessments

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

Reverse the Red – Conservation Funding for Local Action and Impact

IUCN – Save Our Species

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 Workshop in-person training (Georgia Aquarium, USA, 19-23 September 2022)

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)


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

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

Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) – Newsletter June 2022

Invitation| RtR Webinar: Step by step guidelines to setting up a National Red List project, August 10th


Latest IUCN Publications

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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