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IUCN hosts UN discussions on making gender environmental benchmark

Gender issues could be the common thread running through global environment and development work, and therefore be at the centre of restructuring the UN system to be more consistent across agencies, programmes and conventions. …  

24 Mar 2011 | News story

Remise de l'ouvrage au représentant du ministre de l'Environnement, Conservation de la Nature et Tourisme par le point Focal CARPE-RDC

Cérémonie de vernissage de l’ouvrage sur les leçons apprises du programme CARPE

Dans le cadre de la célébration de la Journée Internationale des Forêts en RD. Congo, journée instituée par  la FAO (Fonds des Nations-Unies pour l’Agriculture et l’Alimentation) vers les années 1970 afin de promouvoir l’importance des différentes fonctions des écosystèmes forestiers du monde,  le programme Régional de l’Environnement en Afrique Centrale  (CARPE)  de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) en partenariat avec le Ministère de l’Environnement, Conservation de la Nature et Tourisme a organisé le lundi 21 mars dans la grande salle des galeries Cassiopée à Kinshasa, la cérémonie de vernissage de l’ouvrage « Conservation à l’échelle du paysage dans le Bassin du Congo, leçons tirées du programme régional pour l’environnement en Afrique Centrale(CARPE) ». …  

23 Mar 2011 | News story
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Child bathing in Jordan

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

A woman and children crossing the river at the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Protected areas increase economic gains in West Africa

Local populations living close to protected areas in West Africa , earn an additional 40% of their income from activities related to these areas. …  

15 Mar 2011 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

International Women’s Day – women in forest communities need louder voice

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2011, IUCN is calling for women in forest communities to be given more control of the management of forests and to be involved in decisions relating to them. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story

arborvitae 43: Intégration de l’égalité des genres

arborvitae Issue 43 - Attending to gender

  • Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
  • Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
  • Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
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08 Mar 2011 | News story

Volta Basin, West Africa

Sharing knowledge and know-how between river basins

IUCN, in partnership with the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) and the GEF-Volta Project, visited the Orange-Senqu Commission to undertake a study and discuss areas of collaboration between the two basins. …   | French

07 Mar 2011 | News story

Plantation of 8500 saplings of various indigenous species at Bagh Viala village in Qilla Saifullah district.

Tree plantation campaign launched by IUCN as contribution to International Year of Forests, 2011

Tree plantation campaign launched by IUCN as contribution to International Year of Forests, 2011

Concrete steps are needed to combat the alarming deforestation issues of Balochistan, Mr. Ghulam Ali Baloch, Secretary Forests & Wildlife …  

03 Mar 2011 | News story


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