Ecosystem

Woman with baby at local water well, Zambia.

IUCN addresses food, water and energy security at UN meeting

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, chaired a high-level discussion on food, water and energy security during the recent meeting of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. She championed the theme that energy, water and food security rely on ecosystem services and in order to safeguard them, we must invest in nature’s supporting role. …  

28 Sep 2011 | News story

Wangari Maathai

Nature loses a heroine

IUCN is deeply saddened by the loss of Wangari Maathai, one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners and a great advocate for social justice, human rights, peace and democracy. Wangari Maathai has passed away in Nairobi at the age of 71. …   | Spanish

26 Sep 2011 | News story

Huaraz, Ancash region, Peru

Environmental Flows in Peru

IUCN, together with the Peru National Water Authority (ANA), recently organised a 2-day workshop for water professionals on Environmental Flows.  …   | Spanish

19 Sep 2011 | News story

Water supply in Guatemala

Guatemala presidential candidates talk Nature

The Mi Cuenca project, led by the IUCN-CARE-CRS consortium, organized a Presidential Forum on Environment and Development in Guatemala, a first such event ever to be held. …   | Spanish

14 Sep 2011 | News story

Dr Alejandro Iza, Director IUCN Environmental Law Centre, chairs the 'Strengthening Water Diplomacy in Transboundary Basins' seminar

Overcoming challenges to water cooperation

With more than 270 transboundary rivers worldwide, and threats such as climate change, the need for improved capacity in managing water resources sustainably and equitably has never been greater. …  

06 Sep 2011 | News story

UN Decade on Deserts and Desertification

UN Decade on Deserts and Desertification

With more lands around the world facing increasing deterioration and degradation, the United Nations General Assembly declared the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification, which will run from January 2010 to December 2020 to promote action that will protect the drylands. The Decade is an opportunity to make critical changes to secure the long-term ability of drylands to provide value for humanity's well being  

02 Sep 2011 | News story
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Garba Tula drylands project, Kenya

Defying drought: nomads have the answer

Mobile pastoralism is part of the solution to the drought in the Horn of Africa, according to the IUCN-hosted World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP). …   | French | Spanish

30 Aug 2011 | News story

Missing the point in the Horn: Pastoralism is the answer, not the question

In the current food crisis context in the Horn of Africa, media and economic experts are accusing pastoralism of being an ineffective livelihood that is periodically subjected to similar crises. But all evidence points to mobile pastoralism as being part of the solution – not part of the problem – to a crisis that was predictable and predicted. Investments in drylands by government and international aid have to be reoriented, taking into account local ecological conditions as well as local capacities. …  

30 Aug 2011 | News story
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Panellists discussing at roundtables, on topic of green growth for the 6th World Water Forum

Water and Green Growth: Examining the Links at World Water Week

Water is integral to economic development. Likewise, ecosystem services -and the value they deliver to the economy- depend on water. But, what options for water are ‘green’? …  

26 Aug 2011 | News story

Mark Smith announces launch of BRIDGE at IUCN reception, World Water Week

IUCN launches BRIDGE at World Water Week

The new BRIDGE project, or Building River Dialogue and Governance, was officially launched at World Water Week during a reception at the event's main exhibition. …  

24 Aug 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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