Asia Newsletter

IUCN and Marriott International join hands for community-based environmental conservation and development in Thailand

IUCN and Marriott International have launched a partnership to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices.

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IUCN-Marriott MOU signing and press conference in Bangkok, 19 September 2013

IUCN welcomes Snow Leopard born in Bronx Zoo, calls for more local conservation action

In a remarkable story of conservation collaboration between Pakistan and the United States, young Leo, whose mother and siblings were killed, was rescued from the Nalter Valley and taken care of by the Wildlife Department, WWF and IUCN. It was clear that the cub could not be returned to the wild, and with the support of IUCN and the Government of Pakistan, a plan was devised to send him to the Bronx Zoo.

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Snow Leopard Leo

Major step towards Asian Rhino Recovery

Five Asian Rhino range states; Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal met and agreed on a common action plan with an aim to increase the populations of Asian Rhino species by at least 3% per year by 2020.

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Asian Rhino, Kaziranga NP, Assam

IUCN and CEPF Launch New Funding for Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot

IUCN and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have launched a $10.4 million, five-year investment in the conservation of the globally important biodiversity found in the Indo-Burma region. The first call for proposals for work in Myanmar and Viet Nam will be announced on October 30, 2013. For further information on the call, click here.

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Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot

10th MFF Regional Steering Committee meeting held in Viet Nam

The 10th Regional Steering Committee of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative was held in Hoi An, Da Nang province from September 11 to 14, with representatives from the nine member countries convening to discuss efforts to protect coastal regions for people and for nature. This was the first time Viet Nam had hosted the meeting since becoming an MFF member country in 2010.

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MFF RSC 10 opening Hoi An Viet Nam

First ever Asia Parks Congress being held in Japan

The Congress will bring together protected area management practitioners to share experiences and lessons learned from all over Asia. Being held in November 2013 in Japan, the Asia Parks Congress will lead up to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 - a landmark forum on protected areas conservation that takes place only once every 10 years.

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Peucang Island in the Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia

Rivers for Life: Photo Competition: Call for Entries

As part of the Ecosystems for Life project, IUCN is pleased to announce a photo competition titled “Rivers for Life” to showcase the diversity of the river Brahmaputra/Jamuna. Amateur or professional photographers in Bangladesh and India are invited to enter their images by October 20,2013. The best images will be showcased in a coffee-table book on the Brahmaputra/Jamuna region.

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The River Jamuna

UPCOMING : Film screening of 'Viet Nam - The Delta', and panel discussion

Considered the rice basket of Viet Nam, the Mekong Delta is already at grave risk through climate change sea level rise and intense local development. A sequel to the 2012 "Mekong" film, 'Viet Nam - The Delta' takes a closer look at the myriad environmental concerns surrounding large hydropower infrastructure development in the Mekong.

The exclusive film screening will be held at;

Venue: Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), Bangkok.
Date: from 7pm to 9pm, Thursday October 10, 2013.

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The Mekong is the world's 12th longest river, crossing 6 countries along its 4350km course

UPCOMING : Building Coastal Resilience Annual Forum, Viet Nam

The second annual coastal forum will host around 200 registered participants representing local communities, authorities, researchers and media from Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam and beyond.

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The second BCR annual coastal forum 2013

Action to tackle Southeast Asia’s Extinction Crisis

Southeast Asia hosts a high proportion of the world’s uniquely diverse fauna and flora, but key threats in the region such as habitat loss, hunting and trade continue to drive much of its wildlife towards extinction. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ reveals a worrying concentration of Critically Endangered species in this biodiversity hotspot.

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Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

New Guidelines on conservation translocations published by IUCN

IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have revised and published the IUCN ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’.

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Guidelines for reintroductions and other conservation translocations

IUCN Red List Training Course Now Online

Prompted by the Red List’s increasing popularity and a growing need for Red List training around the world, IUCN in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has developed the first online IUCN Red List Training Course.

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Online IUCN Red List Training Course

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature © 2013

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.