A boy striving to escape from the flood in Mekong Delta

A story of unintended consequences: lessons for the Mekong Delta

At a meeting of foreign ministers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 13, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated: "I'll be very honest with you. We made a lot of mistakes. We've learned some hard lessons about what happens when you make certain infrastructure decisions and I think that we all can contribute to helping the nations of the Mekong region avoid the mistakes that we and others made." …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article
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Seoul street

IUCN Congress host's drive for 'green growth'

Today we speak of green energy, green tourism, green economy, etc. Many make claims on this environmental buzzword. It seems there are many shades of green; but no palette as a reference, writes Célia Zwahlen.  …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article

Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

The nature equation

Nature+ is the theme of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Enrique Lahmann and Célia Zwahlen explain its significance. …  

02 Aug 2012 | Article

2012 World Conservation Congress logo

A European Journey through IUCN Congress

The IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in just over a month in Jeju, Republic of Korea, will provide the platform for discussing some of the biggest challenges faced by people and the environment today. Hundreds of events will take place in only a week’s time. To help you find out which ones will address European issues, take a look at the European Journey. …  

01 Aug 2012 | News story
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, 12 July 2012.

MWD considers local and international communities' concerns over Xayaburi dam

Today, nobody can deny the contribution of the Mekong River to the livelihoods of more than 60 million people and the abundance of natural resources of its basin. …  

01 Aug 2012 | Article
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Birds on a wire

KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Future pressures and opportunities for conservation: what can be moved and where?

IUCN´s 1998 Guidelines for Reintroduction are a globally applied set of principles available in 7 languages. Despite their worldwide use and application, the guidelines need updating to reflect recent and acute new pressures on species. This is necessary to better guide the deliberate translocations of plants and animals for conservation purposes. This Knowledge Café will be participatory in order to share expertise on the communication and implementation of complex policy and practice recommendations. …  

01 Aug 2012 | Event
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A jaguar close up in Quito Zoo, Ecuador

KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Zoos, aquariums and museums can develop better biodiversity consciousness

We live in a changing world and the time is now to join forces in order to stop the decline of biodiversity which all humans, animals and nature rely on. This workshop will convey the benefits of linking the zoological and conservation communities together. …  

01 Aug 2012 | Event
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Discours de SE. Pierre HELE, Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Protection de la Nature et du Développement Durable

Le Cameroun fait un pas de plus vers la concrétisation du mécanisme REDD+ !

L’Atelier National de Validation du Document Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) du Cameroun s’est tenu à Ebolowa, au Cameroun les 26 et 27 juillet 2012. L’objectif global de l’atelier était d’examiner, d’enrichir et de valider le document R-PP du Cameroun. …  

01 Aug 2012 | News story

B&B Platform

Why national Business and Biodiversity platforms?

The private sector is one of the key stakeholders in conserving biodiversity. Countries set business and biodiversity platforms and encourage businesses to join them and contribute to the protection of our natural heritage. In addition to platforms, many other initiatives, projects, fora, roundtables and learning sessions are organized around the world to encourage engagement of the private sector. All of these initiatives appeal to companies asking to participate and "do something" for biodiversity and nature conservation.     …  

01 Aug 2012 | News story
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Brainstorming session with students

Disaster Risk Reduction through school education: IUCN and GIZ work together to assist disaster prone communities in Southern Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a long history of natural disasters. Between 1980 and 2008, it experienced 219 natural disasters, causing more than USD $16 billion in damage and an estimated 200,000 deaths (UNDP, 2012). Bangladesh remains a country most vulnerable to natural disasters. UNDP reports that 30% of Bangladesh’s land and 26% of its population is exposed to three or more kinds of hazards.  Schools play an important role in disaster risk reduction. Schools educate the community and often provide shelter during a disaster. In July, staff members of IUCN Bangladesh travelled to remote, disaster prone communities in southern Bangladesh to discuss disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with school students, teachers, local education officers and district officials.  To experience first-hand how resilient the people of Bangladesh are despite the onslaught of natural disasters was a humbling and rewarding experience for all involved. …  

01 Aug 2012 | News story