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Field rangers learning the use of GPS technology to support law enforcement monitoring

Strengthening law enforcement monitoring in African elephant range States

 Fifteen wildlife rangers from the southern Africa range States recently concluded training on the methodology for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) focusing on law enforcement monitoring techniques. Held in Nyaminyami MIKE site, Zimbabwe; the training was conducted under the IUCN/CITES MIKE programme. …  

21 Apr 2011 | Article
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Ali Kaka and COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya

COMESA and IUCN explore opportunity for collaboration

IUCN and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have committed to strengthen their collaboration on issues of biodiversity conservation. This commitment was made when Ali Kaka, IUCN Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, paid a courtesy call at the COMESA Secretariat recently. …  

18 Apr 2011 | News story
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IUCN and SADC officials after a meeting at the SADC Secretariat

IUCN, SADC to cooperate on conservation work in the SADC region

 IUCN and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on promoting sound conservation and environmental management approaches that respond to socio-economic development needs of the SADC region. …  

12 Apr 2011 | Article
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Better than working in an office!

Winning hearts and minds

Lalao Aigrette - Madagascar

For decades, biologists have campaigned for marine reserves, struggling with the mistrust or disapproval of fishermen. Lalao Aigrette, a dedicated Malagasy conservationist, is taking on this challenge amongst remote fishing communities in some of the most biodiverse regions of Madagascar. And she’s seeing some impressive results. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Infrastructure provides a level of comfort for eco-tourists

Nature Seychelles builds infrastructure for conservation

 Providing infrastructure is not the sexy part of conservation and conservationists are usually not interested in it, but someone has to do it. Nature Seychelles (IUCN Member) has over the last two years raised about USD600,000 to improve facilities and equipment. In most countries effective conservation is dependent on good infrastructure and equipment. Without good information technology, equipment, vehicles, boats, information centres, accommodation, roads, supply of potable water and electricity, it would be very difficult to undertake world class conservation action. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story
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Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Community based adaptation: local solutions for a global concern

Community-based adaptation is about helping people cope with the impacts of climate change. At the recent 5th annual conference on “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, researchers, practitioners and policymakers gathered to share knowledge and experience in planning and practicing adaptation at different levels. …  

06 Apr 2011 | News story

An elephant mouth in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Richard Leakey on poaching and wildlife trade

Kenya-born Richard Leakey has served as head of Kenya Wildlife Service, an IUCN Member. Much of his life has been devoted to conservation and he has been a leading figure in the fight to preserve the African elephant by banning the ivory trade. …  

05 Apr 2011 | Audio

All rangers who have been shot at, raise your hands

Nature - to die for?

As the battle between poachers and park rangers escalates, what's needed to protect the people who put their lives on the line for nature?  

01 Apr 2011 | Article
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Cousin female wardens,  Jelle and Dorothy leading tours

A push for more women in conservation at Cousin Island

 Cousin Island Special Reserve in Seychelles is becoming a success story on increasing the role of women in conservation, with support from Nature Seychelles -  an IUCN member. Arriving at Cousin, visitors will not fail to notice the enthusiastic group of female wardens who will welcome them to the island. It might be the driver of the boat, one of the people pushing the boat, or the person leading a tour of the island. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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Huascarán, Ecuador

Acting beyond boundaries to address urban water challenge

You cannot optimize water in cities without looking at the natural water basin or catchment areas which are serving them” said Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Water Programme during a recent workshop at the UN World Water Day conference in Cape Town. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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