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World Tiger Day - New hope despite the numbers?

It is a curious thing that there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild right now as we mark World Tiger Day. According to estimates as few as 3000 roam the wilds of the 13 tiger range countries of Asia. That’s a big area and a very low number. In fact we have lost 97% of all wild tigers in a little more than 100 years.   …  

29 Jul 2014 | News story

Pangolin

Eating pangolins to extinction

The enigmatic pangolin, or scaly anteater, is literally being eaten out of existence according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which shows that all eight species are now threatened with extinction. …  

29 Jul 2014 | International news release

Experts stress on the importance of capacity development regarding sustainable urban transport in Pakistan

At a consultative workshop organized here by IUCN’s in its Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project, experts deliberated on the need for capacity development amongst stakeholders and on a capacity development plan as a first step.  …  

25 Jul 2014 | News story

12A-46-10, Way Kambas RPU Sujoko discovers large mammal snare YABI 024543,

The Sumatran Rhino: Another 200 years? It's your call!

Have you ever seen a Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)? It is often said, we protect what we know and love, so SOS thought to share a short video of this unique, charismatic and Critically Endangered rhino species to show just what SOS is trying to do - protect threatened species, their habitats and the people who depend on them. And as International Ranger Day approaches (July 31), we also highlight the role of the Rhino Protection Units who work tirelessly to guard the last few Sumatran Rhino from poachers.   …  

25 Jul 2014 | News story

Flood in Thailand, 2008

Finding balance benefits society, nature

Water management specialists talk about millions of cubic metres of water. I find it incredibly difficult to visualise these numbers in a way that feels "real" to me. So I started imagining a simple picture — a swimming pool. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story

Work shop

Nature and Heritage Interpretation Workshop

Fifteen conservation organizations developing or engaged in ecotourism businesses in Sri Lanka came together, in late June 2014, to learn the key elements in nature and heritage interpretation. The training, offered by IUCN SL in collaboration with Kuoni, the Swiss travel company, and Whittall Boustead, the local agents for Kuoni, provided participants with practical skills in this important field. …  

23 Jul 2014 | News story

The IUCN information booth at the AMCDRR Market Place

The Bangkok Declaration 2014: Committing to Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia

Hosted by the Royal Thai Government, the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) was held in Bangkok from 22-26 June 2014, with the theme “Promoting Investments for Resilient Nations and Communities”. The objective was to assure a commitment to DRR from all participating stakeholders; ranging from national governments to civil society and international organisations. During this Conference, IUCN led a side-event and had an information booth.  

23 Jul 2014 | Article

Rosewood saplings in the site prepared for plantation

Community conservation and reforestation in Chachoengsao Province, Thailand

On Friday 27 June, a Siamese Rosewood planting day and an environmental awareness-raising activity took place in Chachoengsao Province in Thailand, with 400 persons in attendance. This was organized with funding from organizations such as the Rotary Club of Bangkok, with IUCN providing technical assistance. The area selected for planting is a key biodiversity corridor; the Anglue Nai Corridor Forest.   …  

22 Jul 2014 | Article

Earth dike in Mo O village, Soc Trang Province

To build or not to build, that is the question

Mo O is a coastal village in Soc Trang Province where the cultivation of watermelons is the leading income source. Watermelons are planted on sandy soil just behind an earth dike. When the dike breaks and sea water floods in, as it often does, the villagers lose most of their crop. …   | Vietnamese

21 Jul 2014 | Article
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August dike in Dong Thap Province, May 2014

Rice at all cost?

On May 27, IUCN and the South West Steering Committee (SWSC) organized an inception workshop in Can Tho for a 4-year BMU-funded project Integrated Planning Approaches to Implement the CBD Strategic Plan and Increased Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change. The project will test planning and investment strategies that will enhance the capacity of Mekong Delta to cope with growing competition over its land and water resources in a changing climate. …   | Vietnamese

21 Jul 2014 | Article
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