Ecosystem

Sahel crops where woodland has been cleared for farming, Diourbel region, Senegal

Taking matters into their own hands: West African farmers brace against drought

Climate change means the drylands of West Africa are likely to become more arid and less productive. In the Sahel region, which has been plagued by drought in recent decades, farmers are using natural methods to boost their resilience. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

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Strengthening the defences

Nowhere are the effects of climate change being felt more than the Pacific Islands where governments are starting to realise the importance of managing ecosystems in a sustainable way to help their countries adapt to this growing challenge. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

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SOS boosts wild tiger conservation

On-the-ground efforts to save the tiger have been given a major boost from SOS (Save Our Species) — a global conservation fund implemented by IUCN, the World Bank and GEF (Global Environment Facility) — the project will improve enforcement effectiveness in protecting and recovering tiger breeding populations and therefore addressing the biggest threat to wild tigers: poaching. …  

25 Nov 2011 | News story

Pioneering Water Solutions in Urbanising Areas, Kuala Lumpur, 21-24 November

River basins as urban water infrastructure at the IWA congress

As more than 700 international water experts gather in Kuala Lumpur for the IWA congress, IUCN shifts the focus from cities to their basins, and the key role natural infrastructure plays in the expansion of urban centres worldwide. …  

23 Nov 2011 | News story

Kristen Carusos

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week - final reflections

During Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW), private enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and influential players in the environmental and forestry sector came together to debate the challenges and opportunities that Asia's forests face. Kristen Carusos of IUCN’s China office gives her take on the proceedings. …  

22 Nov 2011 | News story

Khao Lak, Thailand

Environmental flows in South East Asia

Population growth, industrial and farmland expansion in Asia are stretching the limits of water allocation for nature’s needs. Environmental Flows, or ensuring sufficient water for both people and nature, was the theme of a recent training workshop in Khao Lak, Thailand. …  

18 Nov 2011 | News story
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Species on the Edge app for iPad and iPhone

Species on the Edge app is launched

Acclaimed by the US Apple Store as ‘New and Noteworthy’, the new Species on the Edge app is a detailed guide to 365 species from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Featuring stunning photos and thought-provoking information it allows users to learn about threatened species from around the world. …  

16 Nov 2011 | News story

Logging in Amazon forests with forest certification

Responsible forestry

On the fourth day of the Asia Pacific Forestry Week, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) held a session ‘FSC: It’s Role in the Region and the Global Market-Its Contribution to a Green Economy’, writes Kristen Carusos. …  

11 Nov 2011 | News story
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Karstic lake Skadar, Kroatia

IUCN, GEF and a global surface freshwater community of practice

‘Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results’ was the slogan of the 6th GEF International Waters Conference, held in Dubrovnik from 17-20 October, in which IUCN contributed its knowledge and experience on water management. …  

03 Nov 2011 | News story

Flooding in Ayuttaya, Thailand Oct 23 2011

Thai Floods

As the floods in Thailand reach record levels, they are causing unprecedented damage to human lives, property and the natural environment. …  

03 Nov 2011 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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