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Nothern Bald Ibises at their wintering grounds on the Ethiopian highlands in November 2011

Hopes to save the most threatened bird in the Middle East

The Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita is listed on the IUCN Red List as a “Critically Endangered” species on a global scale. It was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian desert in April 2002, following clues from local hunters and Bedouin nomads, in the framework of a UN/DGCS (Italian Development Cooperation) general fauna survey of the area. It suddenly became the rarest and most threatened bird in the Middle East! …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests

The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest-dependent communities. …  

21 Mar 2011 | International news release

Member of the Dalit community harvesting rice in Chulachuli VDC, Ilam Siwaliks.

Sustainable development in the 21st century: On the road to Rio and beyond…

Key players and experts from the environment and sustainable development community gathered at IUCN’s headquarters in Switzerland this week to discuss how to implement sustainable development in the 21st Century.   …  

18 Mar 2011 | News story

Logotipo Comité Español de UICN

El CeUICN organiza las I Jornadas Técnicas Cambio Climático y Biodiversidad

Ya está abierto el plazo de inscripción para las Jornadas Técnicas Cambio Climático y Biodiversidad, que se desarrollarán del 5 al 8 de abril en la Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). El curso se enmarca dentro de las acciones formativas del proyecto Iberclima, subvencionado por el Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino de España. …  

18 Mar 2011 | Event

Child bathing in Jordan

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Background: Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

17 Mar 2011 | Media advisory

Willem Ferwerda, General Director of IUCN NL

The new focus of IUCN NL

The year 2010 has been very challenging for the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL). With 70% of its funds at risk, IUCN NL was forced to make cuts to its budget and personnel. However after a tense period the appeal IUCN NL made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was approved. 2011 kicks off with a renewed and refocused strategy for IUCN NL with funds secured for the next 5 years. This puts the Committee in a strong position to make a difference for nature conservation abroad and in the Netherlands with its 35 members and its political and business network. …  

16 Mar 2011 | News story

Azraq

New IUCN report reveals extensive saline intrusion in Azraq Basin

A new IUCN study has highlighted severe saline contamination of one of Jordan’s most important groundwater aquifers, the Azraq basin. This saline contamination represents a serious threat, caused by intensive pumping over the past 20 years. The overpumping has led to a drop in regional water tables and an increase in salinity in both groundwater and the surrounding soils. …  

16 Mar 2011 | News story
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A woman and children crossing the river at the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Protected areas increase economic gains in West Africa

Local populations living close to protected areas in West Africa , earn an additional 40% of their income from activities related to these areas. …  

15 Mar 2011 | News story