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MFF 10th NCB Meeting

Mangroves for the Future Programme contributing to address coastal resources management issues in Pakistan

Tenth meeting of the National Coordinating Body (NCB) of Mangroves for the Future Programme (MFF) was held on 21 August 2013 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General Forest, Climate Change Division, Islamabad. …  

24 Aug 2013 | News story

Arabian Oryx

New Guidelines on conservation translocations published by IUCN

As the world’s biodiversity faces the incessant threats of habitat loss, invasive species and climate change, there is an increasing need to consider more direct conservation interventions. Humans have moved organisms between sites for their own purposes for millennia, and this has yielded benefits for human kind, but in some cases has led to disastrous impacts. In response to this complex aspect of conservation management, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have revised and published the IUCN ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Sydney Harbor National Park

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website goes live

Another step in promoting inspiring solutions for today’s conservation and development challenges has been taken with the launch of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 website. …  

11 Aug 2013 | News story

Malabar Pufferfish
(Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Threatened freshwater fish fall through net of mismanaged aquarium pet trade

The global trade in freshwater fish is a large and diverse industry, estimated to be worth around US $15–30 billion a year. Supplied by captive-bred and wild-caught specimens, the aquarium trade is dependent on the replenishment capabilities of wild freshwater fish populations and sustainable methods of capture. Although a new paper published by the Conservation Research Group (CRG) and members of the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group reveals that up to 30 species of barbs, catfish, loaches and other freshwater fish endemic to two biodiversity hotspots in India are continually traded around the world, despite their threatened conservation status on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story

Dr. Vo Quoc Tuan training local forest protector to use GPS

Bringing new technologies to forest protectors

Half of all Vietnam’s mangroves are in Ca Mau, its southernmost province. Over 60,000 hectares of Ca Mau’s mangroves are managed by seven forest management units and one national park, which don’t have the man power or funding to do the job properly. The mangrove forests are difficult to access and to protect and there are cases of government officials being attacked by illegal mangrove cutters. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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Chinese Pangolin
(Manis pentadactyla)

The most traded wild mammal - the Pangolin - is being eaten to extinction

The Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), one of eight extant pangolins or scaly anteaters as they are also known, was once abundant in China. However, as a result of overexploitation for consumption of its meat and scales, this species is now moving closer to extinction, which is having a devastating impact on the world’s remaining pangolins.  

22 Jul 2013 | News story

View of Kathmandu Valley from Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park

MoU signed for promoting renewable energy technologies

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the SNV, Netherlands Development Organisation, Nepal and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Nepal to support the national development and poverty alleviation goals through the Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Renewable Energy (RE) sector development in general and more specifically by contributing to the enhancement of the biodiversity conservation and livelihood of rural people through the promotion of renewable energy technologies in and around the Protected Areas of Far Western and Central Mountains and Hilly districts of Nepal. …  

22 Jul 2013 | News story

MFF Countries 2012

Special Meeting of IUCN Regional Directors discusses replication of Mangroves for the Future Initiative beyond Asia.

Regional Directors from IUCN Asia, Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and Oceania met in Bangkok, Thailand from 4 -5 June for a special meeting to discuss the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Initiative as a successful and replicable model programme for other IUCN regions. …  

11 Jul 2013 | News story
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Mr. M A S Weerasinghe, Commissioner General, DAD and Mr. Shamen Vidanage, Acting Country Representative exchanging the MoU with the presence of Eng. Prabhath Witharana, Head of Water Management Division of DAD.

IUCN entered into a MoU with the Department of Agrarian Development in ecological restoration of small irrigation tanks in Kapiriggama cascade system, Anuradhapura

Commissioner General of the Department of Agrarian Development (DAD) and Acting Country Representative of IUCN Sri Lanka Programme has signed a Memorandum of Understanding related to the implementation of Project - Ecological restoration of traditional cascade tank systems for access to water, enhance agriculture, rural livelihoods and environmental services in Sri Lanka - at the DAD Head Office in Colombo on the 24th June 2013.  

09 Jul 2013 | News story
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Participants of the validation workshop

Workshop for the implementation of the Forest and Farm Facility in Nepal

 A two-day National Workshop on “Validation of the Baseline Study and Discussion on Implementation of the Forest and Farm Facility in Nepal” is concluded. The workshop is jointly convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).  

03 Jul 2013 | News story


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