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Discover Asia’s exceptional natural richness and its challenges

Asia is a land full of natural and cultural wonders. But the region, its people and its nature, face critical challenges, including poverty, water shortages and the disastrous threats posed by climate change.

IUCN, together with its Members, Commissions and partners, is working to address these challenges by leading innovative initiatives in the region.

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Aban Marker Kabraji

Doing it differently in Thailand

Tree planting in Doi Mae Salong

Thailand’s armed forces are involved in an uncharacteristic activity—a major conservation programme in cooperation with the local community.

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Tanguar Haor - making the most of its natural treasures

The Hatirghata was one of 12 beels surveyed by IUCN in Tanguar Haor.

In Bangladesh, IUCN is working with local communities to conserve and sustain a unique wetland ecosystem, Tanguar Haor. This biologically diverse area, home to some rare plant and animal species, supports the lives of more than 56,000 people.

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Speak up and change your life

Purnima Rani Das from Chandpur

In Bangladesh, IUCN and partners are transforming the lives of women and poor fishermen by giving them better access to natural resources and a louder voice in decisions on how these resources are managed.

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Securing Beijing’s water, people and nature

Miyun, China

The Miyun Reservoir in China provides the main source of drinking water for the 17 million residents of Beijing - a city that faces a serious water crisis. But today, the watershed is unhealthy. IUCN aims to restore it and improve local people’s lives by, paradoxically, lifting the logging ban in the area.

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Sneezing in the rain

Ngwe Lwin demonstrating the use of GPS software

It may be more common to hear doom and gloom stories of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, but exciting discoveries of new species do happen and give heart to conservationists the world over.

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Saving Singapore’s green space

Raising awareness of Singapore's wildlife

In Singapore, where space is tight, nature conservation faces some difficult odds. And no one is more familiar with the challenges than Dr Ho Hua Chew of IUCN Member organization the Singapore Nature Society who has fought for years for official recognition of the island state’s wildlife.

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Test your knowledge

Wetlands dependency How much do you know about the environmental challenges of Asia? Find out by having a go at our quiz !
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Wonderful Asia

A manta ray blots out the sun in the sea off Raja Ampat Island, Indonesia Join us on a photo journey through the wonders of Asia.
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Facts and figures

Hoper Glacier, flowing out of the Central Karakoram National Park is one of a number of high mountain glacial systems which are crucial to the water needs of communities living in the valleys around the park.  .  The management plan for this park needs to consider actions to secure sustainable valley irrigation and domestic water supply in the face of global climate change.

Asia has the highest mountains in the world: the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, the Karakoram and the Tien Shan.
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Check here for selected publications about conservation in Asia, or search our catalogue.
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Climate Mission 3D

Climate Mission 3D Have fun and help IUCN get conservation projects funded by Nokia by voting for the IUCN projects featured in the new free Climate Mission 3D mobile phone game! To be able to play, you need a Nokia phone C6, C7, N8, or E7.
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