Welcome to the bi-weekly digest for IUCN Members and IUCN Commission members.
Message from the Director General
Rangelands and pastoralists Resolution 009 from Marseille calls on us to conserve the world’s rangelands and grasslands – which comprise over 54% of the planet's land area and support more than 2 billion livelihoods. IUCN endorses the petition to the United Nations (UN) by IUCN State Member Mongolia to declare 2026 the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP). The UN General Assembly will vote on the IYRP next Monday (28 February), and I urge IUCN State Members to vote in favour, and join the 75 governments worldwide who already support this proposal.
This UN vote will take place while I am in Nairobi for the 5th session of the UN Environment Assembly, which has the theme of "Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals". This special gathering will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UN Environment Programme. Please engage with us in these two weeks as we take concrete steps towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.
CBD Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-29 March 2022
CBD Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-29 March 2022
CBD Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-29 March 2022
IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC), Kigali, Rwanda Postponed until 18-23 July 2022
CBD COP-15, Kunming, China. Postponed until further notice
Registration Open for the 2nd Asia Parks Congress, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 24-29 May 2022
5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) 23-30 June 2022
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
How to organize restoration from the grassroots - IUCN Community Organizing Toolkit on Ecosystem Restoration (new publication)
Nominate World Restoration Flagships, deadline 31 March 2022
Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
IUCN Youth strategy questionnaire (deadline 4 March 2022)
Online Learning and Webinars
IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Briefing Paper - Perspectives on Human-Wildlife Coexistence
IUCN Academy - 2nd Edition of the Professional Certificate will start on 18 January and close on 1 March 2022 (6 weeks). To register, please contact IUCN Academy at email@example.com. Geneva Nature-based Solutions Dialogues
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
SSC - ReversetheRed
WCEL - Law and Environment Lectures
The Smithsonian Science Education Center - Distance Learning.