About IUCN

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About IUCN

  1. 1. The International Union for Conservation of Nature: working for a Just World that Values and Conserves Nature Gretel Gambarelli IUCN Headquarters , Switzerland
  2. 2. Members IUCN, a unique democratic union since 1948... International Union for Conservation of Nature <ul><li>10000+ voluntary experts in 6 thematic groups: </li></ul><ul><li>1000 full time staff worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>350 temporary staff, consultants and interns </li></ul><ul><li>HQ in Gland, Switzerland </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60 offices around the world </li></ul><ul><li>1067 Members worldwide from over 160 countries </li></ul><ul><li>States, Government agencies, NGO </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60 regional and national committees </li></ul>Commissions Secretariat
  3. 3. Global Local Governments, NGOs, research institutes, private sector
  4. 4. The Global Programme
  5. 5. 2009-2012 THEMATIC PROGRAM AREAS
  6. 6. Human well-being: the WISP programme <ul><li>IUCN provides IFAD with advice and support on pastoralism issues for pastoralism-related portfolios through the WISP programme </li></ul><ul><li>Originally a GEF project implemented by UNDP Kenya, WISP is a knowledge and advocacy network that puts together academics, practitioners and decision makers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Challenges for Mobile Pastoralism <ul><li>Pastoralism is a highly sustainable livelihood in economic and social terms </li></ul><ul><li>In marginal lands (arid, mountainous, cold), it is the most environmentally sound activity, both for biodiversity conservation and resilient livelihoods </li></ul><ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>Policies stimulate sedentarization, agricultural extension </li></ul><ul><li>Pastoralists are disempowered </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why WISP? <ul><li>5 yr. experience in managing knowledge on pastoralism and empowering practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of mechanisms to understand the rationale of this livelihood, including own studies </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term advocacy at UN fora for understanding pastoralists and pastoralism. </li></ul>Gather knowledge Apply knowledge Develop knowledge Refine knowledge Distribute knowledge Knowledge management for policy advocacy
  9. 9. Climate Change: what is IUCN’s niche? <ul><li>Integrating biodiversity considerations and opportunities into climate change policy and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Nature-based solutions  to adaptation and mitigation </li></ul>Ecosystem-based mitigation Ecosystem-based adaptation
  10. 10. ADAPTATION: 3 possible areas of focus Key Area of Focus Rationale Examples of activities <ul><li>Help biodiversity and ecosystems adapt </li></ul>CC impacts on ecosystems = impacts on lives and livelihoods <ul><li>Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Relocation </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent maladaptation </li></ul>Adaptation practices can have negative impacts on ecosystem services <ul><li>Environmental Impact Assessments of adaptation options in different sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystem-based Adaptation (and disaster risk reduction) </li></ul>Integrating ecosystems into adaptation policy and practice helps both ecosystems and people to adapt <ul><li>Flood regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Shoreline Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Livelihood diversification </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable fisheries </li></ul>
  11. 12. Ecosystem and Livelihoods Adaptation Network ( www.ELANadapt.net ) ACTIVITY AREA EXAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES Practice Training/guidance for practitioners; small grants for technical support and documentation of practices; knowledge exchange Policy Training for policy makers; support in policy drafting /review; lessons learnt on integrating ecosystem management in adaptation policies Science Make science accessible to policy makers; catalyze research on critical knowledge gaps Network Development Work through country nodes. Current focus is on Mekong (Vietnam), South-Eastern Africa (Tanzania, Zambia), South America (Peru, Ecuador)
  12. 13. Why partnering with IUCN? <ul><li>Experience with the interface science-practice-policy </li></ul><ul><li>Strong learning capacities </li></ul><ul><li>Documenting lessons learned for policy influencing </li></ul><ul><li>Global coverage and global partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Regional and country offices worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Global networking </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing power in international fora </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>www.iucn.org </li></ul>Thank you!!

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