Welcome to the bi-weekly digest for IUCN Members and IUCN Commission members.
Message from the Director General
Today is International Women’s Day, and it gives me great pleasure to honour women’s achievements in IUCN and worldwide. I am very proud our Union has led on gender and environmental issues for decades, because this focus helped build the strong teams that deliver our crucial work,.
I have also just returned from an eventful two weeks in South Africa, Malawi, and Kenya. My priority there was to see Members in the region, government stakeholders, donors, and Secretariat colleagues. I am pleased I managed to meet so many, such as the pictured colleagues, donors, and South African Members, and deeply thank the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office for their crucial involvement and support.
My trip concluded in Nairobi with the 5th session of the UN Environment Assembly, and a special session to commemorate the UN Environment Programme’s 50th anniversary. I was proud to deliver two plenary addresses, and am pleased the Assembly adopted key Resolutions on issues close to IUCN’s heart – such as the definition of Nature-based Solutions. IUCN will actively drive this momentum forward at next week’s resumed sessions of the Convention on Biological Diversity. There, we aim to ensure that the Global Biodiversity Framework will be fit for purpose and leads to the necessary urgent action.
IUCN’s four new Centres set to deliver innovative action for nature International Women's Day: Breaking the bias IUCN Pakistan and HRDN celebrated International Women’s Day at Port Qasim by planting Mangroves The 6th IPCC Report and what it means for cities Aquaculture and Nature-based Solutions: new report Launch of SUSTAIN Pro 50 million Euros to seed new Nature for Health Trust Fund for Pandemic Prevention Landmark UN Environment Assembly adopts key decisions and restores hope on multilateralism Dialogue between fishers and civil society on sustainable fishing practices in the framework of the Alboran Sea meeting
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
Work @ IUCN IUCN Youth strategy questionnaire Call for solutions on Wildlife Health and Zoonotic Disease Risk Reduction BIOPAMA launches calls for proposals for 2022 grants Request for Proposals (RfP): Assessing Tiger and Prey Populations in Southern Western Forest Complex, Thailand 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 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.