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Tiger in Ranthambore National Park in India

IUCN signs Memorandum Of Understanding with the Global Tiger Forum

On 13 August 2014, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) joined hands with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) by signing an MoU to complement ongoing efforts for conserving tigers in the wild. GTF is an inter-governmental body committed to saving wild tigers from extinction. The signing of the MoU is of immense importance, given that the tiger is locally extinct in Central Asia, Indonesia and also in most parts of China, and that most of the remaining tiger populations are too small to sustain themselves in the wild. …  

12 Sep 2014 | Article

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

IUCN Lao PDR Country Programme Office

Opening ceremony for IUCN Lao new programme office sets agenda

Vientiane, Lao PDR: The new country programme office for IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, was unveiled in a ceremony on 9 September 2014 at the IUCN office in Ban Sibounheuang. The event served to celebrate the achievements of IUCN’s 22-year presence in Lao PDR, to promote IUCN’s current projects and partnerships.and to outline the future for the IUCN country programme. 

10 Sep 2014 | News story

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Organic Shrimp Farming in Ca Mau: a new film

With funding from International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), IUCN and SNV are working in Ca Mau with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Nhung Mien Forest Management Board, and Minh Phu, one of the world’s largest seafood exporters, to support farmer participation in a certified organic shrimp program that links a 10% price premium to the maintenance of 50% mangrove cover in each farm. It’s a form of international PES, with shrimp farmers as the sellers and consumers in the US, EU, and Japan as the buyers of the environmental services that a healthy mangrove forest provides. Over 700 farmers are currently enrolled and we hope to enroll another 600 this year. To see a short video and a trailer of the project, click below.   …   | Vietnamese

08 Sep 2014 | Article
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Tibetan Cowboy

Great haul of China

Three of China’s top performing protected areas are registered for consideration on the new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas …  

04 Sep 2014 | Article

Bali Barat National Park

Bali’s secret bounty

Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia …  

04 Sep 2014 | Article

Bhaya representative speaking at the meeting

Cruise boats in Ha Long Bay: what do the businesses say?

The majestic limestone pillars rising out of the green waters of Ha Long Bay form one of Vietnam’s iconic landscapes and its greatest tourist attraction. Every day, hundreds of cruise boats shepherd thousands of visitors among the islands, cave systems, and small beaches that make up the bay. Threatening Ha Long Bay and its important tourism industry, however, is the growing problem of water pollution. …   | Vietnamese

04 Sep 2014 | Article
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The 12th meeting of the National Coordinating Body (NCB) of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme

Meeting Marks Start of Third Phase of MFF with Emphasis on Regional Initiatives and Private Sector Engagement …  

03 Sep 2014 | News story

Journalist asking questions at the film screening

Journalists react to two films on the Mekong?

Hydropower is considered a source of clean renewable energy. This has led to an explosion of dam construction in the Mekong region. But the costs are becoming increasingly clear, particularly in Thailand and Vietnam, which have by far the largest number of dams. Downstream, dike and canal construction in the Mekong Delta has helped Vietnam become the world’s second largest rice exporter. But as with dams, the costs of this narrow-minded approach have become apparent. …   | Vietnamese

03 Sep 2014 | Article
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, at World Water Week 2014

Water and energy – life partners

World Water Week — the annual event focusing on water-related challenges — is underway in Stockholm, Sweden. IUCN is calling for increased cooperation between the water and energy sectors which is critical for sustainable development. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story