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The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Buddha’s Footprint

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka World Heritage Site …  

16 Aug 2010 | Fact sheet

Psyche Creek

Recognising traditional indigenous land management

River Red Gum Parks, Victoria, Australia …  

16 Aug 2010 | Fact sheet

Selva Viva, Napo. Amazonía Ecuatoriana

La conservación transfronteriza, mecanismo esencial para los bosques tropicales

Los ecosistemas no reconocen fronteras políticas. Con la propagación de problemas mundiales potencialmente devastadores, como el cambio climático, la escasez de agua y la pérdida de biodiversidad, la cooperación transfronteriza en la gestión de paisajes y ecosistemas se torna crucial. …  

12 Aug 2010 | News story
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Tacaná, Guatemala

A JEM of a business

Stories of start-up businesses run by twenty-somethings are a dime a dozen in the 21st century. But a group of high school and college students in the Guatemalan highlands have a truly unique tale to tell. …  

12 Aug 2010 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Ghost Forest art project praised by IUCN Director General

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefevre, has accepted the role of ambassador for a major art installation called “Ghost Forest”, by British artist Angela Palmer. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story

Members of Ruvu community in the Pangani River Basin and participants during a field visit

A story of rights and conflict - Pangani River, Tanzania

There is little doubt that the climate in the Pangani River basin, shared by Kenya and Tanzania, is changing fast. Along the length of its 500 km course, users talk of better times, lodged in living memory, when there was simply more water. The Pangani was higher and stronger, and flow was guaranteed through the two dry seasons of every year. Instream flows have decreased and conflict over the dwindling resource now requires astute management. …  

11 Aug 2010 | Downloads - document

Hima Kafr zabad in Lebanon

Hima as a model for natural resource management in West Asia and North Africa

By: Odeh Al-Jayyousi, PhD.
Regional Director, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia 
orj@iucn.org

The West Asia - North Africa region has a rich history of hosting and nurturing a system of community-based natural resource management, one that can inform governance structures in the 21st century to benefit local communities in WANA.
  …  

11 Aug 2010 | Article

Norwegian Fjords

The world's most scenic fjords

West Norwegian Fjords, Norway …  

03 Aug 2010 | Fact sheet

REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform - Report

Fight against global warming to benefit Ghana's forests and people if long standing challenges are addressed

Ghana’s forests, and the communities that live close to them, may be about to get a lucky break as the world scrambles to find reliable methods to fight the growing threat of climate change. …  

30 Jul 2010 | International news release

REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform - Report

REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform

Prospects for making the big changes needed to prepare for REDD-plus in Ghana. …  

30 Jul 2010 | Downloads - document


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