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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

National Consultative Workshop on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Law for Pakistan

The Inspector General Forests (IGF), Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan, and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, jointly organised a 2-day workshop “Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Law for Pakistan” on 14-15 September 2011 in Islamabad. …  

15 Sep 2011 | International news release

The plight of mangrove forests in Pakistan - Film

Across the Indus delta in Pakistan, at Keti Bundur, Siddiq Roonjha narrates the once prosperous economic history of the area, his recent battles with cyclones and sea storms as his home was inundated in front of his eyes; his precious belongings lost. …  

14 Sep 2011 | Video

Medicinal Plant Book Cover

Selected Medicinal Plants of Chittagong Hill Tracts

Author: Motaleb, M.A., et al. 2011
Medicinal plants are an important part of natural wealth. They serve as important therapeutic agents as well as valuable raw materials for manufacturing numerous traditional and modern medicines. The history of medicinal plant use for overcoming diseases and related sufferings is probably as old as humans. Our ancestors were forced to use any natural substances that they could find to ease their sufferings caused by acute and chronic illness, physical discomforts, wounds and injuries, and even terminal illness. Since that ancient time, plants with therapeutic properties have occupied an important place in the disease treatment practices. …  

12 Sep 2011 | Downloads - publication

Strayed Fox back to the Wilderness

IUCN Pakistan released a stray fox in the wilderness of Hingol National Park after it learned that she was captive in the city of Karachi, with a family of a washerman of the Parsi General Hospital. …  

08 Sep 2011 | News story

Local villager planting trees for more sustainable livelihoods

Conservation is not about nature

Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia argues that if conservationists are to maintain and accelerate their success they need to shift their focus from nature to people. …  

07 Sep 2011 | Article
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Radhika Murti, Programme Officer for IUCN's Ecosystem Management Programme

Nature-based solutions to climate change

The impacts of climate change are already being felt: sea levels are rising, threatening island nations and coastal areas, storms are becoming more violent bringing floods and landslides, and droughts are intensifying. While richer nations can try to ‘buy’ protection in the form of engineered solutions, people in developing countries who are bearing the brunt of the impacts need a proven, accessible and affordable option. One such option already exists—conserving and managing nature. Healthy mangroves, forests and wetlands can form physical barriers against extreme weather and help to regulate floods. Radhika Murti of IUCN’s Ecosystem Management Programme describes how people are already using nature to shield themselves from the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. …  

06 Sep 2011 | Audio