July / August 2010 — Issue 37
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IUCN / CEC Newsletter July/August 2010 Issue 37

Dear CEC members,

KEITH WHEELER, CEC CHAIR
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair
Thank you for responding to my call for newsletter submissions. I trust you will enjoy reading about the 'good practices' employed to communicate conservation messages, inspire local action and influence government policy. In the spirit of sharing your experience and expertise, I would like to invite you to take the following action: As CEC Chair, I recently had the pleasure of signing an MoU with the Government of Jalisco, Mexico, committing to cooperation on biodiversity and CEPA. In this issue, I am pleased to share more than 30 newsletter stories from CEC members in many regions: Central and West Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe, Oceania, Meso America, North Africa, North America and South Asia. You may also enjoy following the eco-adventure of two young biodiversity explorers.

With best regards,
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

CEC News

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CEC signs MoU with Gov't of Jalisco, Mexico, for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
July 26 in Guadalajara, CEC Chair Keith Wheeler and Ms. Martha Ruth del Toro Gaytán signed an MoU between CEC and the Government of Jalisco to coordinate biodiversity action. The agreement was facilitated by CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Mesoamerica, Dr. Arturo Curiel Ballesteros. »


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Themes for CEC Newsletters: An Invitation to Share Your News
Showcase and share your expertise and experience in the CEC e-newsletter. Does your story fit in one of the upcoming themes? »


Conservation Communication

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Branding Biodiversity, Futerra's latest report calls for 'Love not Loss'
This report argues that we need 'Love not Loss!' and that rather than sob stories of rainforest depletion, the most powerful agent for change will be people's love of nature and the feeling of awe and amazement it brings. »


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It is time to kill off the extinction message
It is time for a new biodiversity message. Futerra's new guide "Branding Biodiversity" is recommended by Frits Hesselink, CEC Special Advisor. What does Futerra recommend? A formula of 'Love' + 'Action' that will inspire the public to act to conserve biodiversity. »


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Recommended Reads on Communication for Conservation
The article "Appeal to the Heart" and the book "Don't be Such a Scientist" challenge misconceptions about how to communicate to the public about conservation. From John Francis, CEC Regional Vice-Chair for North America and the Caribbean. »


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Reflections on Developing 'Best Practice' Case Studies
In many project documents and programme concept notes you see mention of building on 'best practice'. But how exactly do you go about collecting this, and in what form can you use it? Gillian Martin Mehers, CEC Specialty Group Leader, takes a 'how to' approach to documenting best practice. »


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Climate change, Restoration and Resilience
"We need to continuously, strongly and publicly argue that carbon sequestration is only one of many ecosystem services that forests can provide," said IUCN Deputy Director-General William Jackson in a recent speech. »


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Using Visual Images to Tell a Story

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Biodiversity explorers embark on micro-documentary expedition
Can you recommend a great biodiversity project they should see and film? Contact the explorers! David Without Borders (David Sans Frontieres) is a quest by two young men to discover biodiversity efforts in 14 countries. From CEC member David Ainsworth of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a project supporter. »


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ARKive's Most Wanted Species: Photo Hunt
ARKive is on the hunt for the planet's most wanted -- tracking down photographs for over 17,000 of the world's most endangered species. ARKive is an initiative of Wildscreen, where CEC Steering Committee member Harriet Nimmo is Chief Executive. »


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Post a Biodiversity Message on the Countdown 2010 Photo Mosaic
Hundreds of biodiversity messages by people from all over the world will be gathered in a large photo mosaic in the project “Biodiversity needs all of us” launched by Countdown 2010. The mosaic will be presented in September at a world conference. Countdown 2010 is an IUCN initiative. »


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Film on Russell's Viper by CEC Member in India
CEC member Samik Gupta focused his 24th wildlife film on the Russell's viper. Though it is blamed for a third of snakebite cases in India each year, the viper helps to protect more than 1 metric tonnes of crops annually by eating rats in the fields. »


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Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest
More than 800 students in grades 5-8 took part in a unique national contest to photograph our changing world. The contest was organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. From CEC Specialty Group Leader Nancy Colleton of IGES. »


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Online Database on Dams in Amazonia
Click on interactive maps for a visual display of scientific information in this online database about dams in Amazonia. The website is being developed by CEC member Federico González Brizzio of Argentina. »


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Initiatives and Events

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Cook Islands Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
Students from 16 schools attending an ESD conference on Raratonga, Cook Islands, explored issues of culture and the environment through art, song, dance and drama. From Jane Taurarii and Anaseini Pokino of the Ministry of Education, and CEC member Seema Deo of Fiji »


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Community Outreach and Education Efforts Mobilize Sea Turtle Conservation Movement
Community parnterships, social marketing and environmental education are raising the profile of the sea turtle conservation movement in Baja California Sur, Mexico, as documented in a new study by CEC member A.J. Schneller with Patricia Baum. »


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Co-management in Biodiversity Conservation: A case in Western Cape, South Africa
Kobus Muller, CEC Specialty Group Leader, explores a co-management approach to biodiversity conservation in the Cape Floristic Region. He delivered this paper at the 28th International Congress of Administrative Sciences in Bali, Indonesia, 12-17 July 2010. »


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Education and Awareness in the 'Save Guggul Movement'
CEC member Vineet Soni is carrying out education awareness programmes in his ‘Save Guggul Movement’ to raise awareness among local rural and tribal people in Rajasthan about the IUCN red-listed plant Commiphora wightii. »


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Protection des Chauves souris en Algerie
Les chauves-souris nous rendent d’énormes services en nous débarrassant d’insectes nuisibles et surtout des moustiques. Pour mieux les préserver nous avons commencé un travail d’information pour la connaissance de cet animal fragile. Par un membre de la CEC en Algérie, Mourad Ahmim. »


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Russia's Central Scientific Agricultural Library Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Eight decades ago, in July 1930, a library affiliated with the USSR Agricultural Academy was set up to support research and practical activities. This year the library celebrates 80 years of experience in education and communication. From Dr. Nina G. Dobrynina, CEC member. »


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World Environment Day in Lusaka East Forest Reserve
This report on educational activities marking World Environment Day comes from CEC member Patrick Shawa of the IUCN member organization Wildlife & Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia. »


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Sharing Information on Paper or Online

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Fact Sheets: Out of fashion but still fantastically functional
How can you pull together information in a format that lends itself to both print and online distribution, that can be easily updated, and that doesn’t cost too much either time-wise or financially? We chose the good old-fashioned fact sheet, says CEC member Eoghan O’Sullivan. »


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IUCN supports new WaterWiki
The WaterWiki is a new website providing a space to interact and share valuable water knowledge online. The WaterWiki is a freely accessible information resource that is growing rapidly into a global reference for water professionals.»


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Meetings

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Yaoundé reçoit le quatrième Forum Francophone International Planèt'ERE
Le Forum Planèt'ERE 4 s'est tenu à Yaoundé au Cameroun sous le thème « Réconcilions nous avec la Nature, Éduquer à la Biodiversité et à l'interculturalité » Par membre de la CEC Monique Trudel. »


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CEC Members Invited to Take Survey on World Parks Congress
CEC members are invited to express their opinion and thoughts on what the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 should be focusing on. Take the 10-minute survey from the IUCN Global Protected Area Programme and IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. El texto en español está más abajo / Le texte en français est ci-dessous. »


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En août 2010 les acteurs de l'EE de France se retrouvent en Franche-Comté
The French network “Ecole et Nature” invites all actors in environmental education to participate in a European meeting 22-27 August 2010 in Eastern France. Ces rencontres s'ouvrent aux acteurs de tous pays avec l'ambition de créer des solidarités entre personnes de cultures différentes. »


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CEC Member Reports on Earth Charter +10 Event
CEC member Esther Agbarakwe of Nigeria attended the Earth Charter +10 event at the Peace Palace, the Hague, in late June 2010. She spoke on "UN Global Governance and Climate Change" with Yolanda Kakabadse, president of WWF International and former president of IUCN. »


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News from WEEC, World Environmental Education Congress
WEEC announces the next congress will take place July 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. WEEC is also exploring use of their website as a window for news and publications about environmental education worldwide. »


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News & Commentary

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How would you spend $100 billion on nature conservation? Have your say!
Current levels of spending on biodiversity conservation fall far short of what's needed. But if the extra funding became available, what would be the most cost-effective way to use it? »


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August Issue of IUCN's Science Bulletin
The IUCN Science Bulletin is a quick summary of some of the vast amount of peer-reviewed literature that relates to IUCN's Programme. »


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Newsletter du PREE - Programme Régional d'Education à l'Environnement en Afrique de l'Ouest
Version française en pièce jointe. English version in attachment. Shared with CEC by Frédéric Airaud, Chargé de Programme UICN Guinée Bissau. »


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Nepal's Wildlife Times June 2010
The June issue of Wildlife Times includes stories such as "Assam Rhino Horn: Controversy Burning Bright" and "Nepal-China sign MoU on Wildlife Conservation". From the publication's editor, Mangal Man Shakya, CEC National Activator in Nepal. »


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“Conciencia ambiental….ése punto de inflexión en la comunidad”
Toda persona tiene derecho individual y colectivamente a disfrutar de una vida y de un ambiente seguro, sano y ecológicamente equilibrado…pero para eso, debemos preocuparnos y ocuparnos. La educación…es la base…es la causa. Ocupémonos de ella por favor. Miembro de la CEC Carlos Micilio (Argentina). In English below. »


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Training

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Vacancy: Training Officer, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
CEC member Eoghan O'Sullivan welcomes applications from outside the zoo community. The successful candidate will develop a series of continuous professional development training courses catering to the institutional membership of EAZA. »


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Training in Good Practice Stakeholder Participation
This three-day training course in October is run by CEC member Diana Pound. The course helps participants to develop good practice skills in stakeholder participation with a focus on the better management of the natural environment. »


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Awards

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Whitley Award Applications Open
The Whitley Fund for Nature recognizes outstanding nature conservation leaders around the world. Applications for the 2011 Whitley Awards are now open. Shared by Gillian Martin Mehers, CEC Specialty Group Leader. »

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