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Mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park, World Heritage site

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites

Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit. …   | Dutch

03 Feb 2014 | International news release

Brushed aluminium

Global standard for sustainability in the aluminium industry open for public consultation

Industry representatives including Nespresso, Audi, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Tetra Pak have put forward criteria for a global standard for sustainable aluminium production. The standard is part of the IUCN-led Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), whose aim is to foster responsible environmental, social and governance performance throughout the entire aluminium value chain. …  

03 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz

Conservation Groups Launch "Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz", Inviting 'Citizen Scientists' to Help Monitor Fish Species

The ‘Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz’ kicks off on World Wetlands Day to engage nature lovers in freshwater fish conservation. The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG), of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wetlands International, has joined forces with other international groups, namely World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, FishBase, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, to introduce this new global initiative. The BioBlitz project, designed by iNaturalist.org, will be hosted on the FFSG website. …  

02 Feb 2014 | News story

Migratory Birds on Taudaha Lake

World Wetland Day

The global community celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2nd of each year. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 1971. Like other countries in different part of the world, Nepal also celebrated World wetland Day with a dedication to mark the theme of this year ‘Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth’. …  

02 Feb 2014 | News story

Meeting of Executive Committee of the IUCN Members

A thorough environmental impact study demanded before approving new Nuclear Plants– Executive Committee of the IUCN Members

A meeting of Executive Committee of the IUCN Pakistan National Committee Members was convened at the IUCN Country Office in Karachi today. …  

29 Jan 2014 | International news release

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Channel dredging operation

Immense benefits of channel dredging in Koh Kapik

Koh Kong Province, Cambodia - A 2,160-metre long, 4-metre wide and 1.5-metre deep channel is being dredged in Koh Kapik village. This process started in October 2013 and is expected to finish in December 2014, with financial support from the European Union through the IUCN-implemented project "Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia" and also with a small contribution from the local community. Before this intervention, the local people faced numerous difficulties. These arose because the channel is very shallow (around 30 cm deep) especially in the rainy season due to excessive accumulation of sediment deposition, as a result of which boats cannot move easily at night during the dry season.  …  

28 Jan 2014 | Article
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Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN network. …  

27 Jan 2014 | News story

Babylonia areolata farming around mangroves, Lap An Lagoon, Thua-Thien-Hue

Mangroves for the Future Call for Applications - Small Grant Facility Projects Viet Nam

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for its Small Grant Facility (SGF) in the coastal provinces of Viet Nam. MFF is a partnership-led initiative chaired by IUCN and UNDP to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF recognizes that empowering civil society, enhancing governance and diversifying livelihood opportunities are effective means of supporting human well-being and of building resilience of both natural ecosystems and coastal communities. …   | Vietnamese

27 Jan 2014 | Article
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Wildlife Film Festival

IUCN participates in the 7th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum 2014 in Delhi

On the occasion of 7th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, IUCN will host a screening of the film “Hilsa and the Lives in Between” on 01 February 2014. Based on scientific research and policy studies, the film illustrates the issues of depleting stock of Hilsa, livelihood crisis, consumer demands and policy prerogatives. The screening of the documentary film will be followed by a panel discussion that will elaborate on the issues pertaining to the need for cooperation across the national boundaries to conserve the Hilsa. …  

26 Jan 2014 | Article