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Mr Shamen Vidanage assumes duties as the Acting Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office

Mr Shamen Vidanage assumes responsibility as the Acting Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office with effect from April 2011. 

18 Apr 2011 | News story
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Fishermen on the Mekong, Lao PDR

One river, many countries: Sharing the mighty Mekong

Experts from the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues recently participated in the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story

Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Community based adaptation: local solutions for a global concern

Community-based adaptation is about helping people cope with the impacts of climate change. At the recent 5th annual conference on “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, researchers, practitioners and policymakers gathered to share knowledge and experience in planning and practicing adaptation at different levels. …  

06 Apr 2011 | News story

Thais pay respect to Nature, Doi Mae Salong,Thailand

Thais pay respect to Nature in WWD

   The Mekong Water Dialogues in Thailand organized a combined celebration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day. On 2 April in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Landscapes and poverty reduction project, the community of Mae Salong Nok and partner organizations in the watershed area of Doi Mae Salong, near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, conducted a special water ceremony to pay their respects to nature and also planted trees within the local forest.  

05 Apr 2011 | News story
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Rubber Investments and Market Linkages in Lao PDR: Approaches for Sustainability

Concluding in 2009, the research project “Rubber Investments and Market Linkages in Lao PDR: Approaches for Sustainability”, was supported by the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, Sumernet. Utilizing a combination of desk-based research and field work carried out in northern and southern Lao PDR, China and Vietnam, this study examines the investment trends, market linkages and business models that are driving the development of rubber in Lao PDR, focusing on the ties between the Lao rubber sector and those of its neighbours. …  

05 Apr 2011 | Event
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Rapid Biodiversity Assessment for Stora Enso Plantations in Southern Lao PDR

This “Rapid Biodiversity Assessment for Stora Enso Plantations in Southern Lao PDR” was conducted in five districts in Savannakhet and Saravan Provinces, Lao PDR between October and November 2007. The assessment informs the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment process and to guide planning, management and monitoring decisions for the proposed Stora Enso Eucalyptus Plantation. …  

05 Apr 2011 | Event
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GPS radio collaring of a rhino

Rumbles in the jungle

Naresh Subedi, Nepal

Office? The jungle. Colleagues? Elephants, rhinos and tigers. Naresh Subedi has many stories to tell. Stories that are not only fascinating and impressive but that can also make your hair stand on end. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Phaivanh Phiapalath with local surveyor in Khoun Xe, 2010

The communicator

Dr Phaivanh Phiapalath - the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic

In a country like Laos, where rapid socio-economic development is driven by the exploitation of natural resources, and the human and financial resources to protect the environment are extremely scarce, nature conservation is not the highest priority. Phaivanh Phiapalath, IUCN's Senior Programme Officer specialized in protected areas management and wildlife in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, has found a way to put nature on top of many people’s agendas. His secret is 'friendly communication'. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Having just caught his first Flatback turtle during a ‘turtle rodeo’ trip in Australia, Nick celebrates in turtle style.

The man who saves turtles

Dr Nicolas Pilcher - Malaysia

Nick saves sea turtles. In a nutshell that’s what he does. But he has to look far beyond their nesting grounds to make it work. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Tahir Qureshi

A blessing in disguise

Tahir Qureshi – Pakistan

“In 1984, when I was a Divisional Forest Officer, I was kidnapped in the thick forest of Dadu, in southern Pakistan. The armed gang kept me in captivity for two nights but it seemed like a thousand years. My confidence was shattered and my career took a turn for what I thought at the time was the worst. After this, I decided to work on coastal conservation. This change, which involved restoring mangroves, was actually a blessing in disguise. It gave me a platform to chart completely unexplored territory in Pakistan.” …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story