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Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Close of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao PDR: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province. 

27 Apr 2015 | News story

Municipio de Chia, Departamento de Cundinamarca, Colombia

Investigadores locales sobre páramos se encuentran en Colombia

Para enfrentar los retos de conservación y mantener los enormes servicios ecosistémicos que los páramos brindan a los países andinos septentrionales es importante visibilizar los saberes locales tradicionales. La investigación local busca, entonces, potenciar y documentar estos conocimientos locales, conocimientos que no dependen totalmente de lo que otros saben o de la academia, sino de lo que se aprenden en la cotidianidad y que demuestran la capacidad de manejo de las comunidades de los páramos.  …  

24 Apr 2015 | News story

Water, a scare resource

Blog from the World Water Forum IV: Two global water conventions: so what?

Juancarlos Sanchez, legal Officer at the IUCN Environmental Law Centre. I arrived in Daegu, South Korea, expecting to learn from different countries and regions about the implications of the entry into force of the UN Watercourses Convention and the global opening of the UNECE Water Convention.  …  

23 Apr 2015 | News story

Reunión de Directores Globales de la UICN y Ministerio de Ambiente de Ecuador

Ministerio de Ambiente de Ecuador comparte experiencias con Directores Globales de la UICN

En el desayuno de trabajo participaron representantes de las oficinas del Este-Sur África, Luther Bois Anukur; de México, América Central y el Caribe; Grethel Aguilar; Bruselas, Luc Bas; Pan Europa, Sebastia Semene; Asia, Aban Marker; Estados Unidos, Frank Hawkins; Oeste-Centro África, Joseph Aimé Nianogo; y Ocenía, Taholo Kami.   …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Signing of the memorandum of understanding between Mr. Gino Van Begin, ICLEI’s Secretary General and Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, IUCN’s President during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress

IUCN and ICLEI to collaborate on supporting local sustainable development and nature protection

IUCN and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability – have committed to strengthening their global cooperation on sustainable development, with special emphasis on the integration of natural capital in urban and regional planning, and the implementation of nature based solutions. The two organisations signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect on 12 April 2015, during the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Participants of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being for Latin America and Caribbean

Blue Solutions of Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region

For the second time now, the Blue Solutions Initiative convened a Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being. This time it was held in Cancun, Mexico (April 2015) for participants from Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Bird Island, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji

Pacific protected area partnership reinvigorated

Established in conjunction with the Pacific Islands Round Table for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, a regional Protected Areas working group is being reinvigorated with the support of the BIOPAMA programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and is a driver to deliver the Regional Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Jean Wiener has been a pioneer working for establishing protected marine areas in Haiti.

Jean Wiener wins the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize

 Jean Wiener, Founder and Director of the environmental NGO FoProBiM in Haiti and Member of the IUCN, has won the prestigious Islands and Island Nations 2015 Goldman Prize in San Francisco. The Prize recognises individuals’ efforts to protect the natural environment. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story

Leaders for Nature

IUCN Leaders for Nature – Developing tangible ideas for greener cities

Leaders for Nature is the IUCN Netherlands’ business engagement network of twenty multinationals and major Dutch enterprises working together to green the economy. Its annual forum brings together private sector, government and civil society stakeholders to identify ways of integrating natural capital into business management and practices. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story

A sand dune area was exploited for constructing shrimp ponds in Thanh Hai Commune, Ben Tre Province

Towards coastal resilience: Addressing climate change impacts in Ben Tre Province

Mangroves and Climate Change (MCC), a program under Mangroves for the Future (MFF), is focused on building resilience to climate change, decreasing vulnerability to disasters, and improving livelihoods. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has coordinated the program in Vietnam since 2013, with the financial support of Danida, Sida and Norad. Within the framework of MFF, a Small Grant Facility (SGF) has been established to support coastal provinces in Viet Nam to develop coastal resilience models addressing climate change impacts. The purpose of these pilot projects is to protect coastal ecosystems, most notably through the sustainable use and management of mangroves. …  

21 Apr 2015 | News story
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