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Participants of the consultation pose for a group photo

Experts call for engaging citizens to save the Hilsa

Creating awareness among consumers has become a necessity to conserve Hilsa, an iconic fish in the Bengal Delta. Tackling demand for Hilsa is as critical as implementing enforcements to curb declining catch of the fish during the spawning and breeding seasons. This was discussed at a day-long consultation on ‘Hilsa Conservation Action’ organized by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) under its project Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative on 27 June 2013 at the Middleton Chambers in Kolkata, India. Given the migratory nature of Hilsa, the participants suggested that governments of India and Bangladesh must come together to save this fish. …  

01 Jul 2013 | Article

Seasonal Harvest

Celebrate World Environment Day - secure nature’s food supply

To mark the food theme of this year’s World Environment Day: ‘Think. Eat. Save’ IUCN urges policy makers to pay greater attention to the role nature plays in boosting global food security. …  

05 Jun 2013 | Article

Mark Smith speaking at the Second Asia Pacific Water Summit

Asia Pacific Water Summit: regional cooperation essential

The Second Asia Pacific Water Summit concluded on 20 May 2013 with leaders from nine countries – Brunei, Georgia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam – pledging to prioritize water-related concerns in their countries. …  

20 May 2013 | News story

Prof Brian James Furze

Dr Brian James Furze joins as Project Director of Ecosystems for Life

Dr Brian James Furze has joined IUCN as Project Director, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative. His main responsibility is to implement and strengthen the Ecosystems for Life project. …  

01 Apr 2013 | News story

Ganesh Pangare

Water cooperation in Asia: Interview with Ganesh Pangare

In our countdown to World Water Day, we speak to Ganesh Pangare, Head of the IUCN Asia Water Programme. …  

19 Mar 2013 | News story

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Third Project Advisory Committee meeting held in Bangladesh

The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative emphasized the need to focus on policy influence and advocacy as the project completes its midterm. The PAC also suggested to include Nepal as observer for meetings convened under the project. …  

27 Feb 2013 | Article

Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is a civil society led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote better understanding of the management of natural resources in the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna region

Experts call for a techno-economic feasibility study to restore water ways between Bangladesh and North East India

Guwahati, Assam, India, 10 January, 2013 (IUCN): An international policy dialogue of experts and civil society members from Bangladesh and India in Assam on Thursday called for a techno-economic feasibility study in the Ashuganj-Karimganj river route along the Kushiyara River to extend the protocol route up to Silchar for regional connectivity. It also suggested installing night navigation facilities as a mandatory provision for both countries along the protocol routes to improve Inland Navigation and Integrated Water Resources Management Goals.  

10 Jan 2013 | News story

The Mekong river at the border tripoint of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos

Hydro-diplomacy: Bridging the gap between science, policy and action

How we use and share water is a complex issue. It involves diverse groups of people such as farmers and fishermen, energy suppliers and developers, all who are competing for a limited and precious resource. Water use issues typically cross natural, social and political boundaries and can be local, national, regional and global in nature. …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story

The river Mekong

Hydro-diplomacy: An invaluable concept for sharing water across borders

IUCN is taking the lead in organising the conference: ‘Hydro-diplomacy: A Tool for Sharing Water Across Borders’. This conference will take place on 31 October in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where talks will be held and solutions shared on managing water across boundaries. More than 120 diplomats, political scientists, economists, and water resources professionals from more than 25 countries will discuss complexities and ways forward in hydro-diplomacy, in particular in trans-boundary river basins. The outcome of the conference will be a monograph on hydro-diplomacy.  

10 Oct 2012 | Media advisory

Joint Secretaries for Fisheries of India & Bangladesh meet in Kolkata to discuss sustainable management of the Hilsa

Joint Secretaries for Fisheries of India & Bangladesh meet in Kolkata to discuss sustainable management of the Hilsa

Kolkata, India, 26 July 2012 (IUCN): Ecosystems for Life, an initiative of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) undertook joint research and trans-boundary dialogue on sustainable management and conservation of the Hilsa through a policy dialogue in Kolkata on 24 July. …  

07 Aug 2012 | Article