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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

Water course rehabilitation in Sabakzai, Balochistan

Supporting traditional water systems in Pakistan

Karez systems in Pakistan are traditional practices of water tapping and channelling. Due to overpumping of groundwater aquifers in Balochistan province, of an estimated 800 karezes, 175 have dried up in recent decades. …  

10 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

Gender empowerment in Azraq, Jordan

Women and Water

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story

Rueda de Prensa Energía Eólica Cantabria

Proposal for the zoning of wind exclusion areas in Cantabria

On 2nd March, Carlos Sanchez, President of the Spanish National Committee of IUCN Members and of the Foundation for Man and Nature (FNYH in Spanish), together with Juan Carlos del Olmo, Secretary General of WWF-Spain, and Guillermo Palomero, President of the Brown Bear Foundation, presented a proposal based entirely on the conservation of biodiversity, priority species and their habitats. …   | Spanish

04 Mar 2011 | News story

Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012. …   | French | Spanish

25 Feb 2011 | News story

Local people fishing in Tanguar Hoar, north-east Bangladesh

Advisory Committee for ‘Ecosystems for Life’ project established

‘Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative’ aims to improve integrated management of riverine ecosystems in South Asia.   …  

24 Feb 2011 | News story

Woman collecting firewood, Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Towards an IUCN strategy for sustainable bioenergy

“By 2016, bioenergy responsibly contributes to biodiversity conservation, climate change solutions and sustainable livelihoods, as part of building resilient ecological and socio-economic systems.” This is IUCN’s working vision for sustainable bioenergy, an outcome of a recent workshop that convened Members, partners, Commissions and IUCN staff to develop an IUCN bioenergy strategy.* …  

18 Feb 2011 | News story
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Development of Dams in West Africa: new report on evolution of international policy on dams

Ten years after the publication of the World Commission on Dams report, the West and Central Africa office of IUCN commissioned a study to look at the approaches to decision-making around large dams. …  

04 Feb 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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