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Between now and Congress, we will highlight many conservation and sustainable development issues in the feed below. Please check back frequently as we add more stories on new topics every couple of weeks.

IUCN World Conservation Congress opening ceremony
02 Sep 2016
As the IUCN World Conservation Congress opened today in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, thousands of government and NGO representatives prepared to debate and act on key issues including conserving the oceans, climate change and the role of private investment in nature conservation.
Mangroves
01 Sep 2016
From the health and spiritual benefits derived from nature to the many services it provides, delegates attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place from 1-10 September 2016, in Hawai’i, will explore how valuing the earth’s natural resources – its rivers, forests, oceans, deserts and wetlands – impact conservation and people.
Tommy image
01 Sep 2016
In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, President of the Republic of Palau H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. shared his thoughts on how must work together to find solutions to the issues facing our oceans, climate and environment.  
Alison Sudol
10 Aug 2016
"It's about focussing on the extraordinary opportunity we have in this moment to do something truly great and inspire younger generations through education, hands-on experience, storytelling, art and nurturing their powerful natural instincts," says Alison Sudol, musician, actress, and IUCN Goodwill Ambassador.
Indigenous senior citizen of the mountains in Southeast Asia
08 Aug 2016
In the 1970s, IUCN senior ecologist Ray Dasmann spotlighted what he called ‘ecosystem people’ – those who depend on functioning ecosystems for survival. Indigenous peoples have been high on IUCN's agenda ever since.
A woman in Himba county, Liberia
04 Aug 2016
A suite of IUCN principles, guidelines and tools has fostered national-level recognition of Indigenous and Traditional peoples’ rights concerning protected areas.
A Stoney Indian brave wears ceremonial headgear during a festival, Banff National Park, Canada
04 Aug 2016
“Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification addresses much that is important to First Nation communities — from recognising Indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge to environmental values, such as wildlife habitat, to social and economic values, such as stable jobs and markets,” says David Walkem, Chief of Cook’s Ferry Indian Band in British Columbia.
Trisha Kehaulani Watson
04 Aug 2016
“Traditional Hawaiian ecological knowledge includes complex understandings of evolutionary biology, watershed health, agriculture aquaculture and resource management that allowed over one million people to sustainably reside in Hawai‘i," says Trisha Kehaulani Watson of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
Myrna Cunningham, former Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
03 Aug 2016
“We need to really change the relationship between Indigenous peoples and governments to advance joint actions for conservation. Much more openness and political will from governments is needed,” says Myrna Cunningham, former Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

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