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Join the Rights-Based Approach to Conservation Portal

On 4 August the Environmental Law Centre’s (ELC) Internet platform on Rights-based Approaches to Conservation (RBA) was launched amongst IUCN staff and members of IUCN Commissions (www.rights-based-approach.org). The aim is for this platform to become a central point for collecting and sharing relevant information and experience on the conceptualisation, development and implementation of RBAs to conservation and for building an interactive community of stakeholders, in order to ensure the integration of rights considerations into conservation practices. …  

05 Aug 2010 | News story
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Dugong under water

CMS meets ELC

Bonn is hosting several MEA Secretariats, including the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), which aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their ranges. The Convention was signed in 1979 in Bonn and entered into force in 1983. Since then, its membership has grown steadily to include over 113 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. …  

26 Jul 2010 | News story

Mine Pabari, ESARO, with ELC staff

An Expanding Role for Environmental Law in Eastern and Southern Africa

In recent decades, biodiversity and natural resource conservation has surfaced from being a relatively special interest topic to one of the eminent issues of our time. Probably nowhere is the need for stronger environmental protection laws and procedures greater than in least-developed countries (LDCs), such as in many parts of tropical Asia and Africa, home to significant percentages of the world’s biodiversity. …  

08 Jul 2010 | News story

Tacana region, Guatemala

Sharing water through better governance

Strengthening skills and knowledge of local actors in the border region between Mexico and Guatemala is crucial, to ensure effective participation for better water management in the region. …   | Spanish

01 Jul 2010 | News story

Parliamentarians' Water Forum in the Arab World, Lebanon May 2010

Water & Law for parliamentarians of Arab states

Unprecedented and interactive, the Parliamentarian Water Help Desk is an initiative that consists of a data base containing international water legislation and scientific information that will provide a common ground for parliamentarians and other stakeholders on water issues. Through a network of experts on international water legislation, it will develop, among other products,  guidelines for parliamentarians around the globe. …  

23 Jun 2010 | News story
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Waya Island, Fiji, Oceania

Ridge to Reef workshop develops new global initiative

Healthy well-managed river basins and coastal areas, where people and nature thrive, is the vision behind the development of a new IUCN initiative 'Ridge to Reef'. …  

21 Jun 2010 | News story

C. Ipenza, ELC staff

ELC hosts Alexandre Kiss Award winner

César Ipenza, recipient of the CEL Alexandre Kiss Award, was the guest of the IUCN ELC for one week. …  

17 Jun 2010 | News story

Galanthus woronii - a source for Galantamine, which is used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

National experts trained on Legal Framework for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

From 2 to 9 June, 2010 the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held the third round of training courses under the InWEnt programme “Regional Environmental Policy in the South Caucasus”. Three-day training courses focusing on “Legal Frameworks for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)” were carried out for staff members from the Environmental Ministries as well as other Ministries and NGOs in Georgia and Armenia. A third training will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 30 June to 02 July, 2010. The final activity within this series of trainings will be an international seminar taking place in Bonn, Germany, in September 2010. …  

15 Jun 2010 | News story

D Ottinger, M Doelle, ELC staff and interns

Old friends visiting the ELC

On Tuesday June 8th, two long-time friends of the ELC, Dick Ottinger and Meinhard Doelle, stopped by to meet with ELC staff and interns during the UNFCCC negotiations where they were both participating as official observers. …  

15 Jun 2010 | News story

Tacaná project

Investing in Water Knowledge - Sharing WANI Lessons between Oceania and Central America

Remote communities and watershed challenges such as disaster risk reduction, are what we share” said Dr. Milika Sobey, Water Coordinator for the IUCN Oceania Regional Office based in Fiji. …  

15 Jun 2010 | 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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