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Students at Ziarat for celebrations of International Biodiversity Day 2010.

Biodiversity Day 2010 Celebrated at Ziarat

Ziarat, 22 May 2010: IUCN Pakistan, Ziarat Office celebrated International Biodiversity Day in collaboration with the local schools on 22 May 2010. More than 160 students and teachers from Al-Hijrah Resident School, Tameer-e-Nau School, Al-Hamd Model Secondary School and Rahbar Model Secondary School participated in a ‘Biodiversity Day Walk’ which started from Al-Hijra Resident School and finished at Quaid’s Residency. …  

22 May 2010 | News story

Q’eqchí’-Maya girl helps to fill bags with soil in a large nursery in the Lachuá, Guatemala

Celebrating International Biodiversity Day

Today IUCN celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity focusing on the links between biodiversity, human development and people’s livelihoods. This has special significance for every plant and animal on Earth, particularly during this International Year of Biodiversity, and comes at a time when world leaders are setting new targets to stop biodiversity loss. …   | Chinese

22 May 2010 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.

Nature's diversity unites Bangladesh

To celebrate the International day of Biological Diversity, May 22, IUCN Bangladesh awarded the winners of the “Biodiversity in focus” environmental photography competition. …  

22 May 2010 | Event

Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Japanese vision – the New Strategic Plan, a decade of biodiversity and raising awareness with origami

After the scientific and technical discussions in Nairobi, the eyes of the conservation world will be moving towards Nagoya, Japan, where Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October this year to make binding decisions on the future of the world’s biodiversity. The Japan Committee for IUCN has been working to make every effort to ensure that this event, which is crucial for the future of our planet, has a high profile in Japan. Professor Masahito Yoshida is the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN. Here he answers questions about the Committee’s work, its role in the CBD conference and how the Japan Committee for IUCN uses origami to raise awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity, all life on earth. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

Left to right:
Mr. Jawed Ali Khan, Director General (Environment), Minsitry of Environment, 
Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Head, IUCN Islamabd Office, 
Dr. Ishfaq ahmad Khan, Advisor (Science and Technology), Government of Pakistan 
Dr. Peter Hayes, senior Climate Change Specialist (Asian Development Bank)

National Consultative Workshop on; “Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan”

Islamabad, 20 May 2010 (IUCN) A national consultative workshop titled: ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan’ was organized by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Islamabad today. …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

from left to right – Mr Kamran Lashari - Mr. M.A. Cheema – Mr. Muhammad Javed Malik.

A one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’

Islamabad, 19 May 2010: IUCN Pakistan, Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI – Asia), in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and United Nations Environment Programme’s project Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), organized a one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’ at Islamabad today. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

New prescription needed for medicinal plants

Medicinal plants are valuable species: they provide income and healthcare to thousands of people around the world. Greater numbers of people rely on traditional medicine, mostly based on herbs, for their primary healthcare than ‘conventional’ or western medicine. But 15,000 species of medicinal plants are globally threatened from, amongst others, loss of habitat, overexploitation, invasive species and pollution. …  

18 May 2010 | International news release

Forest dweller living off the resources of the forest

Saving biodiversity isn't rocket science

The best possible science needs to be available to governments and policy makers as they strive to find solutions to the biodiversity crisis. Independent, credible scientific advice delivered in a relevant and readily usable way for decision making is the key to effective policies. …  

17 May 2010 | International news release

Provincial Consultative Workshop on ‘Impacts of Climate Change Workshop on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan'

Karachi 14th May, 2010: A provincial consultative workshop titled: ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan’ was organized by IUCN in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Karachi on May 14, 2010 with the support of the Asian Development Bank.  …  

14 May 2010 | News story

5th Forum on Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China

Fifth Forum on Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China

China and Southeast Asian nations renewed their efforts for regional cooperation in the timber trade this spring, as environmental activists, government officials, and businesspeople gathered in Beijing for the Fifth Forum on Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China from March 30-31. …  

11 May 2010 | News story