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IUCN, FPCCI sign MoU for Promoting Sustainable Development in Pakistan

IUCN Pakistan and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint initiatives towards sustainable development in Pakistan. …  

20 May 2015 | Article

Photo contest launched

In the lead-up to the 2015 Asia Regional Conservation Forum to be held in Bangkok, Thailand this August, the IUCN Asia Secretariat is holding a photo contest for IUCN Members and individuals in Asia.   …  

18 May 2015 | Article

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  signing between IUCN Pakistan and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)

IUCN Pakistan, FPCCI sign MoU for Promoting Sustainable Development in Pakistan

IUCN Pakistan and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint initiatives towards sustainable development in Pakistan. The MoUwas signed at a simple ceremony held at the office of the FPCCI. The MoU was signed by the IUCN Pakistan, Country Representative, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema and FPCCI President Mian Mohammad Idrees. …  

15 May 2015 | International news release

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

Water doesn't follow political boundaries.

Blog from the World Water Forum VI: Count in Nature to Better Share Water

Isabelle Fauconnier, IUCN Water Policy and Sustainability Advisor. As I reflect on the rich sessions of the 7th World Water Forum, I feel at once buoyed by the stimulating challenges that water management offers us, and very curious about how we – the global water community of practice and beyond – will actually tackle these in the coming years. …  

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Marine pollution is a serious threat that needs addressing - NCB India aims to highlight this issue widely.

National Coordination Body on Mangroves for Future calls for action to restore health of our oceans

Mangroves for Future is a regional initiative to restore Mangroves across 11 countries including India. This programme is steered by respective Governments in association with scientific institutions, private sector, and international organizations. In India, the National Coordination Body (NCB) is chaired by Shri Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC). …  

30 Apr 2015 | Article

Arabian Oryx

Conservation action makes vital difference to world’s biodiversity, study shows

A new IUCN study evaluating the impact of conservation action on ungulates (hoofed mammals) shows that species have greatly benefited from measures taken to prevent their extinction. If the conservation actions that have already been implemented had not taken place, at least 148 ungulate species would have deteriorated by one IUCN Red List category, including six species that would now be listed as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild. 

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Adult Masked Finfoot near Antil village

Uncovering Cambodia’s masked finfoot

Thaung Ret and Dr Nick Souter from Fauna & Flora International, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), have been on the trail of the masked finfoot, classified as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Through a grant administered by IUCN and CEPF, RUPP conducted several surveys in 2014. After months of searching they finally found the elusive bird. Ret tells us her story:  

29 Apr 2015 | Article

Message from Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director IUCN Asia on the Nepal earthquake

On behalf of the IUCN family, Members, Commissions and staff, I would like to extend our sympathy and solidarity to the many families affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. …  

29 Apr 2015 | Article
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Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Conclusion of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province.  | Lao

27 Apr 2015 | News story