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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

Walking for water, members from the Otuke community, Uganda

Walking for water in Uganda

IUCN, in partnership with the Otuke district and GWI partners in Uganda, joined the rest of the world to celebrate world water day, under the theme “The World Walks for Water”. …  

21 Mar 2011 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

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

Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre with BotSoc ,SANBI and  IUCN officials

IUCN Director General visits Pretoria Botanical Gardens

IUCN Member, The Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc), recently hosted a dinner for the IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens during her recent visit to South Africa in February 2011. Before the dinner, Botsoc and the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) took the Director General for a tour of the Pretoria Botanical Gardens. …  

14 Mar 2011 | News story

The Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Stuart speaking at the launch of the SANBI’s Frog Conservation Research Strategy

IUCN Species Survival Commission member activities in South Africa

During his visit to South Africa, the Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Simon Stuart, held meetings with members of the Species Survival Commission and its Specialist Groups. Today, Dr Stuart met with the SSC members at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in Pretoria. …  

11 Mar 2011 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

International Women’s Day – women in forest communities need louder voice

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2011, IUCN is calling for women in forest communities to be given more control of the management of forests and to be involved in decisions relating to them. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, addressing the IUCN National Committee of South Africa. Sitting next to her is Fundisile Mketeni, Chair of the IUCN National Committee

Building the case for biodiversity in South Africa

IUCN Members meet to discuss the application of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) to South Africa. …  

07 Mar 2011 | News story

Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Botswana Minister of Environment, Hon. Kitso Mokaila

IUCN Director General opens new offices for Kalahari Conservation Society

The IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre opened the new offices of the Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS) in Gaborone, Botswana on 1 March 2011. Also present at the opening ceremony was the Botswana Minister of Environment and Tourism, Honourable Kitso Mokaila. …  

07 Mar 2011 | News story

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, presents a gift to Botwana President, His Excellency S.K.I Khama

Botswana President welcomes IUCN support for national conservation efforts

IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre was received by President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana recently for a meeting to discuss the country’s conservation activities. …  

07 Mar 2011 | News story

This newly discovered African Iris will be named Moraea vuvuzela after the trumpet enjoyed by South African soccer fans

Moraea vuvuzela discovered: New plant discovery commemorates 2010 World Cup

 In honour of the first Soccer World Cup held on the African continent, a newly discovered Iris species from Worcester Valley in the Western Cape has been named Moraea vuvuzela after the distinctive horn that has captured the unique spirit of the event. …  

01 Mar 2011 | News story
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