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IUCN Organizes a National Consultation Session on Waqf for Environment and Sustainable Development

In light of the global financial crisis and climate change and their effects on all forms of development, IUCN emphasizes the urgent need to explore new approaching for generating local funding inspired from culture to develop new sustainable development programmes through the Waqf (trust fund) for Environment Initiative. …  

14 Apr 2009 | News story
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Water helpdesk presentation to parliamentarians at WWF5

Parliaments for Water

On 19 March 2009, during the high level segment of the 5th World Water Forum, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), in partnership with the World Water Council (WWC), presented their proposal for creating a helpdesk to aid parliamentarians in the development of water-related legislation.  …  

14 Apr 2009 | News story
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Elizabeth Erasit. WCPA Deputy Vice Chair for Oceania

WCPA Regional Deputy Vice Chair for Oceania

Elizabeth Erasito is the new Regional Deputy Vice Chair for Oceania for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Elizabeth will lead the WCPA network in the region, particularly for the Pacific Islands.  

14 Apr 2009 | News story
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Pakistan's water crisis

Pakistan is facing a fight that doesn't grab headlines these days.It's a fight over the future of the country's increasingly scarce supply of water. The World Bank is warning that the very viability of the nation is at stake. Laura Lynch reports from the Indus River delta. 

13 Apr 2009 | News story

3 FLEG publications

3 new publications from the Strengthening Voices for Better Choices project

SVBC has issued three new publications on its forest governance work in Asia... …  

09 Apr 2009 | News story
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Forests are a guerrilla’s best friend

If diamonds are a guerrilla’s best friend (as Paul Collier says in his book The Bottom Billion), then forests must come a close second. Forests have long provided armed groups with hiding places and lucrative funding sources, and ‘conflict’ timber has helped support many war machines worldwide. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Sharing water across boundaries

Approximately 260 international river basins cover nearly half of the earth’s surface, provide an estimated 60 percent of the world’s freshwater, and are home to 40 percent of the world’s population. Leading up to World Water Day on 22 March, at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, IUCN presented one of its latest publications, “Share: Managing Water Across Boundaries”, which focuses on transboundary cooperation of shared water resources. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Kalama Conservancy in Kenya’s dry lands of Samburu District

IUCN drylands strategy gains momentum

IUCN ESARO organised and hosted a Global Drylands strategy meeting at the Wasaa Conservation Area from March 16th – 19th. Participants came from around the world and included Regional Technical Coordinators, Commission members and Staff from the Ecosystem Management Programme in Gland. This positive and productive three day meeting led to an agreement over the Dryland Programme’s strategic objectives and a plan of action for developing a Global Drylands Initiative. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Members of Ruvu community in the Pangani River Basin and participants during a field visit

Training workshop clarifies the link between climate and livelihoods

The Global Water Initiative recently organized a workshop on CRiSTAL (Community-based Risk Screening - Adaptation and Livelihoods) for its implementing partners in Tanzania. The three-day CRiSTAL workshop, held in Same District of Kilimanjaro Region, was facilitated by IUCN’s Regional Climate Change Coordinator Excellent Hachileka and drew 18 participants from Tanzania’s central and local government agencies and NGOs. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)

IUCN statement on Madagascar

IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas note with concern the recent reports alleging illegal logging and poaching in Madagascar’s natural forests, and particularly in its national parks. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story