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Forests are key for high quality water supply

Better forest management needed to maximize water-related benefits from forests 

22 Mar 2011 | News story

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Pioneering Web Portal on Water Issues launched by IUCN Pakistan

Karachi, March 20th, 2011 (IUCN)

Coping with the growing water needs is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. It is estimated that within two decades, people living in the cities will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. This means that 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. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story

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

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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

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Giving Citizens a Voice in Environmental Management in Industry

  IUCN Thailand and TATA Steel (Thailand) PLC are working together to identify stakeholders and their concerns relating to the environmental impact of the mini blast furnace plant operated by NTS Steel Group PLC, a subsidiary of TATA Steel Thailand, at the Hemaraj Industrial Estate in Bor Win, Chonburi province.    

18 Mar 2011 | News story
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Dr Susan Mainka, Head of IUCN Science and Learning, at the Red Listing consultation in New Delhi, India

IUCN Red Listing Process Commences in India

In a major event to promote conservation in India, IUCN, the Government of India and research institutions make a collective decision to start a comprehensive Red Listing process in the country adopting the IUCN Regional Red Listing Guidelines. …  

17 Mar 2011 | News story
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We emphasize that the Mekong River should never be used to test whether hydropower dam technology succeeds or fails

Xayaburi Dam: waves of unpredictable destruction

Two countries in the Lower Mekong River plan to construct 12 hydropower dams. On September 22, 2010, Laos officially announced its Xayaburi hydropower project, the first of these dams. The Saigon Times discusses this issue with Mr. Nguyen Huu Thien, one of the experts who have embarked on research into the environmental impacts of the 12 dams. …   | Vietnamese

17 Mar 2011 | News story

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Website 'Pray for Japan' launched by CEC member: Send a message

Junko Edahiro of Japan for Sustainability shares a link to her group's new website about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan's Tohoku District. …  

16 Mar 2011 | News story

Ba Be lake in National Park

Ba Be became Vietnam’s third Ramsar Site

In September 1988, the Ramsar Convention Bureau designated Xuan Thuy as Vietnam’s first Ramsar site, and Vietnam became the first contracting party to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, commonly known as the Ramsar Convention, in Southeast Asia. Twenty years later, only one more Ramsar site has been designated: the Bau Sau wetland in the Cat Tien National Park in September 2005. On February 2, 2011, World Wetlands Day, Ba Be National Park was recognised as Vietnam’s third Ramsar site. …   | Vietnamese

16 Mar 2011 | News story

(L-R) Susan Mainka, Aban Marker Kabraji, Ashok Khosla and Kartikeya V Sarabhai

IUCN India Office Organises India Conservation Rendezvous 2011

IUCN India Office organises its first India Conservation Rendezvous to promote and create spaces for discussions and debates on conservation. …  

15 Mar 2011 | News story
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