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New IUCN report reveals extensive saline intrusion in Azraq Basin

A new IUCN study has highlighted severe saline contamination of one of Jordan’s most important groundwater aquifers, the Azraq basin. This saline contamination represents a serious threat, caused by intensive pumping over the past 20 years. The overpumping has led to a drop in regional water tables and an increase in salinity in both groundwater and the surrounding soils. …  

16 Mar 2011 | News story
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Environmental Legislations workshop

IUCN influences environmental legislations in Jordan

Law enforcement is considered a crucial measure that needs to be taken into consideration in parallel with creating social change towards best environmental practices. This requires building the capacities of lawyers and judges to become more aware of the environmental legislations and the impact of the environmental law enforcement on local communities. …  

14 Mar 2011 | News story
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Dr Brian Dicks, expert on the ecological impacts of oil spills

Oil spills: science versus politics

As the first anniversary passes of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which caused the biggest accidental oil spill in history, is the oil industry learning from its mistakes and paying more attention to the environmental risks it poses? We interviewed Dr Brian Dicks at the Oil Spill Risk Management Conference that took place in Sweden recently. Dr Dicks has advised on more than 60 oil spills worldwide. …  

11 Mar 2011 | Article
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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

الدليل التدريبي للنوع الاجتماعي والتغير المناخي 
Gender and Climate Change Manual Arabic

Arab Women step up to change climate change

In a region that is burdened with conflict, water scarcity and environmental degradation, the role of women as agents of change in this part of the world is crucial and needs to be strengthened, especially when it comes to their role in reducing impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story
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arborvitae 43: Intégration de l’égalité des genres

arborvitae Issue 43 - Attending to gender

  • Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
  • Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
  • Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
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08 Mar 2011 | News story

Gender empowerment in Azraq, Jordan

Women and Water

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story

Kuwait

IUCN Members to convene in Kuwait for the West Asia 7th Regional Conservation Forum

Amman, Jordan – 6 March 2011 – Members of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature will gather in Kuwait for the IUCN West Asia 7th Regional Conservation Forum (RCF), which will be held from 2-5 May 2011. The RCF is organized by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and co-hosted by the State of Kuwait through the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The forum will discuss issues related to the RCF theme “Climate Change and Biodiversity: Climate Change; Threats and Opportunities for Biodiversity and Ecosystems”. …  

06 Mar 2011 | News story
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Woman collecting firewood, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Towards an IUCN strategy for sustainable bioenergy

“By 2016, bioenergy responsibly contributes to biodiversity conservation, climate change solutions and sustainable livelihoods, as part of building resilient ecological and socio-economic systems.” This is IUCN’s working vision for sustainable bioenergy, an outcome of a recent workshop that convened Members, partners, Commissions and IUCN staff to develop an IUCN bioenergy strategy.* …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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Right to left: HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden Initiative, HE Nasser Shraideh Minister of Environment in Jordan and HE Dr. Saleh Wreikat, Member of the Parliament

Training of Trainers on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ in West Asia

The West Asia region is known for its rich biodiversity and wide range of fauna and flora, but like any other region, its biodiversity is seriously threatened. Due to increasing threats to species, there is an urgent need to build capacity in the West Asia for assessing the status of threatened fauna and flora, and thus the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) are organizing a joint regional workshop to train experts in West Asia on the use of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

17 Jan 2011 | News story
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