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IUCN Expert on invasive species, Dr. Geoffrey Howard, monitors the growth of invasive water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)  at the edge of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi.

Meeting to review invasive species and risks in Lake Tanganyika basin

Officials, managers and experts from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia are meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi from tomorrow to review known invasive species and risks in the Lake Tanganyika basin. The workshop, to be held from 29 – 31 March 2011 will also discuss ways to monitor, manage and control existing or possible future invasive species threats.   …  

28 Mar 2011 | News story
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Celebrating 85 years of conservation and education

South African Member WESSA celebrates 85th birthday

This year, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) celebrates 85 years of proactive nature conservation and education, which has benefited the country and beyond. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)

Africa’s rhinos face worst poaching crisis in decades

Well-equipped, sophisticated organized crime syndicates have killed more than 800 African rhinos in the past three years - just for their horns. With the most serious poaching upsurge in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Africa’s top rhino experts recently met in South Africa to assess the status of rhinos across the continent and to identify strategies to combat the poaching crisis. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

Some of the officials from Molopo-Nossob river basin

Three riparian states agree on the management approaches for Molopo-Nossob river basin

 Officials from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa met in Pretoria, South Africa this week to agree on first steps towards the sustainable land management of the Molopo-Nossob river basin.  The meeting focused on the implementation arrangements for the Kalahari –Namib project being implemented by IUCN in collaboration with the three countries and with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Global Environment Facility (GEF).  

25 Mar 2011 | News story
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Child bathing in Jordan

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. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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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