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World Water Day Celebrated by IUCN Pakistan

Quetta: IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature Pakistan in collaboration with Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Balochistan organised a seminar titled: Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge on occasion of the World Water Day 2011. Sardar Mohammad Tariq, Regional Chair (South Asia), Global Water Partnership was the chief guest. The objective of seminar was to sensitise the general masses and interact with the stakeholders about water issues in the urban areas of Balochistan, especially Quetta city.  The seminar also discussed the issue in lieu of the impact caused by climate change. …  

22 Mar 2011 | International news release

Dr Ashok Khosla, IUCN President and Mr T Chatterjee, Environment Secretary, India, at the 13th INC meeting

13th IUCN Indian National Committee Meeting Held in New Delhi

The 13th IUCN Indian National Committee (INC) meeting looks at a mechanism involving science, the IUCN Commissions and Members for action oriented interventions on the environment.  …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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Effects of Tsunami in Japan and Disaster Risk Reduction Mechanisms in Pakistan

Karachi, March 22, 2011 (IUCN)

In the wake of Japan’s recent Tsunami a press conference was organised by IUCN Pakistan on March 22, 2011 at its Country Office to apprise the Pakistani media on the vulnerability of the Pakistani coasts and risk reduction mechanisms in case of natural diasasters. …  

22 Mar 2011 | International news release

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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