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IUCN Digest - 8 February 2022

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.


The online symposium: "Beyond UNEP’S 50th Anniversary: Attaining the SDGs" took place last week

New initiative to expand and strengthen the network of marine protected areas in Libya launched last week

St. Kitts and Navis launches the Project “Improving Environmental Management through Sustainable Land Management” as a multisectoral initiative

Winter Festival at Gilgit Baltistan - IUCN's efforts for promotion of eco-tourism

Assessing the impacts of the Fundão dam failure on coastal and marine environments


IUCN Events

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)

Science-based ecosystem restoration for the 2020s and beyond (publication)

Nominate World Restoration Flagships, deadline 31 March 2022

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 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)


Work @ IUCN

IUCN Youth strategy questionnaire (deadline 4 March 2022)

Call for Solutions on Tourism Best Practices

A Challenge to Reimagine Conservation in 2022

CEC - Global Lessons on Greening School Grounds and Outdoor Learning

Currently running tenders

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 Geneva Nature-based Solutions Dialogues

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.


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