1618: Chairs Comments

In 2000 at the World Conservation Congress in Amman, Jordan, IUCN Members passed a resolution in support of Environmental Defenders. The resolution called on the IUCN Director General to speak out publically and forcefully in support of freedom for individuals to participate in grassroots environmental activities; in support of environmental advocates who are suffering harassment or persecution; and to discourage harassment or persecution of environmental advocates and environmental organizations using all appropriate means.

06 Apr 2016 | Article

Continuing climate change affects profoundly the fundamental determinants of health which are often neglected in the study area Gabura Union of Bangladesh.

Climate Change Impact on Water and Sanitation in the Vulnerable South Western Part of Bangladesh

Bangladesh one of the most vulnerable nations to climate change is likely to face the devastating impact of climate change on health. Enormous health hazards ranging from large number of deaths through natural disasters to emergence of vector borne diseases, water and food insecurity, vulnerable shelter and human settlements and population migration are already evident. If timely action, appropriate public health policy to combat climate change is not taken more human lives will be destroyed by catastrophic events and health will be endangered severely. The country is already experiencing more frequent number of cyclones like Sidr and Aila at short interval. Flood is a common phenomenon here. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

An elder of the Hmong community with Cory W. Whitney

Indigenous culture and conservation of nature in Vietnam

Vietnam has experienced many rapid changes in recent years, leading to economic growth for the country but also to the loss of biodiversity, increased poverty, and food insecurity among the rural poor. Consequently, ethnic minority communities are finding it difficult to maintain their way of life. Rural development and poverty reduction programs have had little impact in terms of sustainable community development, particularly for ethnic minorities in highland areas. They are typically short-term and top-down approaches based on outsiders’ ideas about how to reduce poverty. The consequences are both that the community does not benefit from the efforts and the people are made passive rather than active in their own development. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Natural ecosystems such as wetlands preserve threatened species and harbor large amounts of carbon.

Intact natural habitats help to reduce greenhouse gases

Corn and canola as far as the eye can see – plants that are processed into biogas and biodiesel can be found in many agricultural fields throughout Europe. Bioenergy is considered to be a climate-friendly solution, because during combustion plants release only the amount of carbon dioxide that they removed from the atmosphere during their growth. Wind energy is also intended to reduce greenhouse gases.    …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Protected Areas Management and Environmental Sociology in Iran

Since the 1950s, there has been a continuous increase in the number and coverage of protected areas (PAs) in Iran. However, the capacity of the selected reserves to maintain viable population of wildlife species and provide vital ecosystem services is threatened by a combination of many factors including PAs-people conflict, mismanagement, the lack of sustainable financing, PAs-other organizations’ conflicts, population growth, and climate change. As a result, wild habitats and populations continue to be lost and the ecosystem services are increasingly being disturbed. 

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Three movies on governance for the conservation of nature!

You are encouraged to watch these three 20 minute movies which will to take you on a journey of exploration of the complex, sensitive and sometimes confusing and disturbing phenomenon called “governance of protected and conserved areas”. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Kachi Yupi, un protocolo para la defensa de derechos territoriales indígenas

En diciembre de 2015 se presentó públicamente en Argentina Kachi Yupi “Huellas de la Sal”, un protocolo comunitario; se trata de un trabajo de las propias comunidades, para las comunidades, y su vínculo con otros actores.   …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Ali-Douglas Research Network ADRN Activities in 2015-2016

The Ali-Douglas Research Network ADRN is a network of researchers coordinated from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The nature of artisanal mining in southern Africa called for specialised information gathering to explain environmental sustainability and gender sensitivity in the sector. In response to the challenges of a disorganised ASM sector and with the support of the Open Society Initiative Southern Africa (OSISA), the Ali-Douglas Research Network (ADRN) in 2015 developed a framework that sought to guide artisanal mining in an environmentally sustainable direction in and around Southern Africa. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Promoting the Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature – A call for support and collaboration

To be sustainable, effective, and equitable, approaches to the management and governance of protected and conserved areas need to be grounded not only in solid scientific research and practice, but also in deeply held cultural, spiritual and aesthetic values and ideas capable of inspiring conservation of biological and cultural diversity. Otherwise, they risk failing to win the broad support of key stakeholders, ranging from Indigenous Peoples and local communities to followers of mainstream religions, and members of the general public. 

04 Apr 2016 | Article

Round Table participants met in Melbourne to discuss World Heritage and human rights.

Rights-Based Approaches to (World) Heritage Management – Australian Practitioner Perspectives

What difference does it make to apply a rights-based approach to heritage management?  What are the barriers and enabling factors?  Aware of the dialogue concerning human rights and World Heritage processes and outcomes, sixteen natural and cultural heritage practitioners and policy-makers from five Australian States participated in a Round Table to discuss these questions in Melbourne in October 2015. …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

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