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Learning from the Thai experience of river basin management

Jointly with the Chi River Basin Committee, MWD Thailand has now commenced an assessment of the Thai River Basin Organisations (RBO).  Based on the Chi River Basin, northeastern Thailand, the assessment will be conducted from September – November 2011 and will foster an understanding of RBO strengths and weaknesses. 

25 Sep 2011 | News story

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Five- Days Training workshop on Geographic Information System

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature under its Balochistan Partnership for Sustainable Development (BPSD) programme with the financial assistance of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands organized a five day training workshop on Geographic Information System (GIS) at a local hotel in Quetta. …  

23 Sep 2011 | International news release

White-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar)

National Action Plan for Conservation of Gibbons welcomed in Vientiane

The Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has taken a further step to demonstrate its commitment to protecting globally important biodiversity by launching a national action plan for the conservation of gibbons.  

23 Sep 2011 | Downloads - publication
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Miss Kerala (Puntius denisonii)

Collateral damage: Western Ghats freshwater species in peril

Freshwater species in the Western Ghats, India, are being sacrificed as collateral damage in the race for rapid economic development. For the first time, comprehensive data are available on the conservation status and distribution of all freshwater fishes, molluscs, dragonflies, damselflies and aquatic plants across peninsular India. Water pollution from agricultural and urban sources, overharvesting and invasive species are the major threats that have led to 16% of freshwater species in the region for which we have sufficient data being classified as threatened with extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. …  

22 Sep 2011 | News story

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IUCN Member awarded membership of Clinton Global Initiative

The Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), an IUCN Member based in India, has been awarded membership of the Clinton Global Initiative in appreciation of AERF’s efforts to conserve and protect forests and biodiversity in the Western Ghats.   …  

20 Sep 2011 | News story

Bangladesh Capacity Development Action Plan for Sustainable Environmental Governance

Bangladesh Capacity Development Action Plan for Sustainable Environmental Governance

Published by:
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh …  

19 Sep 2011 | Downloads - publication

Launch of the Pa Khoun Conservation Initiative in Vientiane

United States Embassy supports Pa Khoun (Cat Fish) conservation in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR

Each July, Pa Khoun (Wallago Leeri*), an endangered cat fish species, migrates to Hom District, Vientiane Province for breeding and spawning. The Nam Khui and Nam Saan rivers meet in Hom and this spot is the only known area for Pa Khoun breeding and spawning. Each year around this time, the rivers become packed with fishing boats as both local villagers and outsiders try to catch as many Pa Khoun as possible while they are plentiful in the area.  …  

19 Sep 2011 | Event
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Fishermen  in Chanthaburi Province, Thailand

Securing fisher-folk livelihoods through climate risk management in Thailand

Sustainable Development Foundation, IUCN’s partner in Thailand under the Building Coastal Resilience project, is adopting a climate risk management approach to secure fisher-folk livelihoods by strengthening the management of marine and coastal resources. …  

19 Sep 2011 | Article

Participants discussed at inception workshop

Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project officially kicked off in Vietnam

In partnership with the Vietnam Administration of the Seas and Islands (VASI) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), IUCN organized a workshop in HCMC on September 6, 2011 to launch the Vietnam component of Building Coastal Resilience (BCR). With activities in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, BCR is a 4-year EU-funded project to build the capacity of local government and local people to plan for, and adapt to, future climate risks in provinces along the coastline between Bangkok and HCMC. In Vietnam, BCR will focus on Can Gio, Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Kien Giang. IUCN’s national-level partners are VASI and GIZ; the local partners are Ben Tre, Soc Trang, and Kien Giang DONREs. …   | Vietnamese

19 Sep 2011 | News story