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Farmer training workshop

Empowering Farmers on water management in small irrigation systems: Training of Farmers in the Kapiriggama cascade tank system in North Central Province of Sri Lanka

IUCN-HSBC project on Ecological Restoration of the Kapiriggama Cascade Tank System in Anuradhapura, North Central Province is aiming to improve the water use efficiency in ancient tank systems. These tank systems that are linked (a cascade) allow recycling of water multiple times as irrigation water. Project components include, improving the capacity of the tanks through partial de-siltation, adopting organic farming, improving drainage conditions, protecting tank bunds and adjacent areas and building the capacity of farmers and officers.  

30 Jun 2015 | News story

SOS - Save Our Species, Manis javanica, Sunda Pangolin, Dan Challender

SOS and Fondation Segré announce new International Pangolin Conservation Initiative

This week, as the world’s first ever Pangolin Range States workshop takes place in Da Nang Province, Vietnam, SOS and Fondation Segré are delighted to announce a two-year international Pangolin Conservation Initiative taking place in Cameroon, Thailand and China. …  

26 Jun 2015 | News story

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Investigating the impacts of infrastructure on ecology and coastal livelihoods: MFF small grant study on land use options for Thondamanaru Lagoon, Sri Lanka

The Thondamanaru Lagoon is a brackish water body. During the rainy season it covers an area of approximately 30 sq miles with an average dept of 1.5 meters.  In 1953, the Irrigation Department established a barrage with sluice gates about 0.4 km from the mouth of the lagoon. 

19 Jun 2015 | News story

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Okavango Delta, a Ramsar Wetland and World Heritage Site

Hagamos que la COP12 de Ramsar valga la pena

“Tenemos que hacer que esta Convención sea una catalizadora del cambio; un cambio a una escala lo suficientemente masiva para detener o revertir la terrible historia de pérdida y destrucción de los humedales”. …   | English

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Multi-agency approach to improve the Water Safety in Kelani River

Multi-agency approach to improve the Water Safety in Kelani River

Home for more than 25% of Sri Lankans, the Kelani River Basin (KRB) is the primary source of drinking water to millions of people living or working in Greater Colombo. Furthermore, a large number of industries and businesses depend on the natural resources and services provided by the basin. …  

22 May 2015 | News story

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

La UICN recomienda actuar en favor del Patrimonio Mundial natural en peligro

La UICN, Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, publica hoy, con anterioridad a la reunión del Comité del Patrimonio Mundial que tendrá lugar el 28 de junio al 8 de julio en Bonn (Alemania), una serie de recomendaciones clave sobre sitios naturales del Patrimonio Mundial nuevos y amenazados. La UICN recomienda retirar Los Katios de Colombia de la Lista en Peligro. También recomienda inscribir un nuevo sitio de Jamaica e incorporar extensiones considerables en dos sitios inscritos de Viet Nam y Sudáfrica. Un segundo lote de informes verá la luz a finales de mayo. …   | English | French

15 May 2015 | News story

Water doesn't follow political boundaries.

Blog from the World Water Forum VI: Count in Nature to Better Share Water

Isabelle Fauconnier, IUCN Water Policy and Sustainability Advisor. As I reflect on the rich sessions of the 7th World Water Forum, I feel at once buoyed by the stimulating challenges that water management offers us, and very curious about how we – the global water community of practice and beyond – will actually tackle these in the coming years. …  

30 Apr 2015 | News story

Arabian Oryx

Conservation action makes vital difference to world’s biodiversity, study shows

A new IUCN study evaluating the impact of conservation action on ungulates (hoofed mammals) shows that species have greatly benefited from measures taken to prevent their extinction. If the conservation actions that have already been implemented had not taken place, at least 148 ungulate species would have deteriorated by one IUCN Red List category, including six species that would now be listed as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild. 

30 Apr 2015 | News story

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