International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Books

  • Assessment and control of biological invasion risks

    Assessment and control of biological invasion risks

    Biological invasion, an issue of growing importance due to the significant increase in international transportation and trade, can disturb the balance of local ecosystems and even destroy them. This collection of papers presented at the International Conference on Assessment and Control of Biological Invasion Risks held in August 2004 at Yokohama National University discusses risk assessment, risk management and eradication. It also includes ...

  • Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Disasters: An Integrated Approach to Disaster Risk Management

    Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Disasters: An Integrated Approach to Disaster Risk Management

    Vulnerability to natural disasters continues to increase, severely compromising the achievement of poverty alleviation goals in many developing countries. A more effective approach is needed to reduce the impacts of these disasters. This publication proposes an approach that integrates ecosystem management, development planning and risk reduction strategies to reduce disaster impacts and improve both livelihoods and biodiversity outcomes.

  • Evaluating Effectiveness: A Framework for Assessing Management Effectiveness of Protected Areas

    Evaluating Effectiveness: A Framework for Assessing Management Effectiveness of Protected Areas

    The Framework for management effectiveness developed by the IUCN World Commission for Protected Areas was published in the first version of this Best Practice Guideline. It is further explained and interpreted, although not substantially altered, in this version. A number of key guidelines for good practice in evaluation are presented from many practitioners around the world, and important needs and directions for the future are identified.

  • Judges and the Rule of Law: Creating the Links: Environment, Human Rights and Poverty

    Judges and the Rule of Law: Creating the Links: Environment, Human Rights and Poverty

    Judges play a critical role in the development, enforcement and compliance with environmental law. To showcase the role of the judiciary in upholding the rule of law, IUCN organized a “Judiciary Day” at its 2004 World Conservation Congress in Bangkok. This publication contains papers and speeches covering some of the cutting-edge themes that were discussed. It is hoped that these proceedings will enable a wide community of readers to better ...

  • Les Conventions Locales de Gestion des Ressources Naturelles et de l`environnement: Légalité et Cohérence en Droit Sénégalais

    Les Conventions Locales de Gestion des Ressources Naturelles et de l`environnement: Légalité et Cohérence en Droit Sénégalais

    Les Conventions locales de gestion des ressources naturelles et de l’environnement sont une grande réussite au Sénégal. Ces instruments contractuels, négociés au niveau local par une délibération de la collectivité locale et approuvés par l’Administration, peuvent porter sur une simple ressource, un groupe de ressources, ou encore sur un écosystème entier, comme c’est le cas dans le delta du Saloum. Impliquant l’ensemble des acteurs concernés, ...

  • Managing Wetlands in Arid Regions - Lessons Learned

    Managing Wetlands in Arid Regions - Lessons Learned

    At the close of a 15-year regional programme to build institutional capacity for wetland resources management in West Africa, it was deemed essential to extract and review the lessons learned through this experience. This publication stems from the findings of a study carried out to analyse the experience as a whole and shed light on the successes, shortcomings, strengths and weaknesses of the programme as implemented. The ultimate goal is to ...

  • Pay: Establishing Payments for Watershed Services

    Pay: Establishing Payments for Watershed Services

    This guide aims to provide practical tools to non specialists – essentially water resources planners, river basin managers, non-governmental organizations and private sector operators. It will link the most recent practice on payments for hydrological services to current discourse on integrated water resources management and look into the different aspects to consider when exploring the potential feasibility of establishing reward or payments ...

  • Polar Bears: Proceedings of the 14th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 20–24 June 2005, Seattle, Washington, USA

    Polar Bears: Proceedings of the 14th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 20–24 June 2005, Seattle, Washington, USA

    These proceedings provide an overview of the ongoing research and management activities on polar bears in the circumpolar arctic. Together with the previous 13 proceedings, they provide an historic record of international efforts in protecting, studying and managing polar bears. With recent documentation of how warmer arctic climate might affect the sea ice habitat of polar bears, the predictions of even warmer climate in the next decades, and ...

  • Reef manager`s guide to coral bleaching

    Reef manager`s guide to coral bleaching

    Coral reefs are vital ecosystems, providing a source of income, food and coastal protection for millions of people. Pollution, habitat destruction, disease and unsustainable fishing have led to declines in reef condition throughout the world. Added to this, the threat of mass coral bleaching has recently emerged, causing extensive coral mortality to nearly every coral reef region. Efforts have now begun to improve the prospects of coral reefs by ...

  • Security Considerations in the Planning and Management of Transboundary Conservation Areas

    Security Considerations in the Planning and Management of Transboundary Conservation Areas

    Sometimes boundaries make geographical sense. Other times they are straight lines, imposed by colonial powers centuries ago. Today, territorial integrity is a foundation principle of the relations between governments, but even so, boundary conflicts are still unresolved in many parts of the world. This book demonstrates how transboundary conservation initiatives can help to defuse boundary conflicts, and sometimes even solve them. It discusses ...

  • Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas: A global review of challenges and options

    Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas: A global review of challenges and options

    It has become clear during recent global deliberations on biodiversity conservation that achieving Protected Area (PA) financial sustainability will require major changes in the way that PA funding is conceptualized, captured and used. With many, if not most, PAs facing funding crises, both in terms of the amount of funds available and how those are used, there is an urgent need to expand and diversify PA financial portfolios, and to ensure that ...

  • Tales of Water: a Child View

    Tales of Water: a Child View

    Water is both the most ordinary and extraordinary of resources, without it, nothing can survive. Yet, 1,1 billion people around the world do not have ready access to clean water and more than 2,6 billion people lack basic sanitation. If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water, which is about nothing less than our planet’s future. During his travels around the world, to five continents and fifteen nations, working with The World ...

  • The Green Belt of Europe: from Vision to Reality

    The Green Belt of Europe: from Vision to Reality

    The Iron Curtain, running from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea, divided Europe for almost 40 years and no activity was allowed in this 'forbidden' zone. When it fell in 1989, it left a strip of land that runs the entire length of Europe and that has remained comparatively undisturbed – a green belt. The Green Belt initiative aims to integrate this entire strip of land with its key habitats and ecological areas as part of an international ...

  • The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Fish Endemic to the Mediterranean Basin

    The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Fish Endemic to the Mediterranean Basin

    Freshwater in the Mediterranean basin is of huge economic, environmental and livelihood importance. However, with a growing population and an increasing number of tourists, the freshwater resources are under great pressure. Since the threatened status of plants and animals is one of the most widely used indicators for assessing the condition of ecosystems and their biodiversity, an assessment was undertaken for freshwater fish in this region. ...

  • The status and distribution of reptiles and amphibians of the Mediterranean basin

    The status and distribution of reptiles and amphibians of the Mediterranean basin

    The Mediterranean-rim countries hold around 400 million people and 135 million of them live on the coast. A steady migration towards coastal areas, specifically in the south and east of the Mediterranean, is causing pressure on the coastal environment and, more importantly, on its biodiversity. In this second Mediterranean regional assessment, all the reptile and amphibian species existing within the region of study have been evaluated for their ...

  • Friends for Life: New partners in support of protected areas

    Friends for Life: New partners in support of protected areas

    The Vth IUCN World Parks Congress held in 2003 in Durban, South Africa was host to a stream of workshops dedicated to the broad topic of building support for protected areas. As a means of providing a more coherent picture, a separate set of workshops was held on communicating the benefits of protected areas. The collection of papers contained within this publication brings together the experience and wisdom of the leading thinkers and ...

  • Depend on Nature: Ecosystem Services Supporting Human Livelihoods

    Depend on Nature: Ecosystem Services Supporting Human Livelihoods

    Human wellbeing depends on the capacity of the earth’s natural systems to provide ecosystem goods and services. However, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment chillingly concludes that unless we take action to mitigate the current decline in ecosystem services, the cost to society will be substantial. In this publication, IUCN defines three key challenges that will need to be addressed in the near future in order to deliver internationally-agreed ...

  • Disclosure Requirements: Ensuring mutual supportiveness between the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the CBD

    Disclosure Requirements: Ensuring mutual supportiveness between the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the CBD

    There is an urgent need for concrete steps to foster the mutual supportiveness of the objectives embodied in the Convention on Biological Diversity and multilateral trade rules under the World Trade Organization. Intellectual property is one area of debate where such efforts could be undertaken. More specifically, the question of including requirements to disclose the origin or legal provenance of genetic resources and traditional knowledge into ...