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Silver spinyfin (Diretmus argenteus)

21st century explorers return with unique data from Indian Ocean

A team of the world’s leading marine experts, paired with scientists from the Indian Ocean region, have just returned from a six-week research expedition above seamounts in the high seas of the Indian Ocean with a whole new understanding of seamount ecosystems. They gathered a very rich collection of data and specimens, including some strange-looking marine creatures. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Statement of Julia Marton Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, at COP 15

Statement delivered at UNFCCC COP15 plenary session on 18 December 2009. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story

Inda, Surin, Kungrao, Ida and Gandhi.

Elephants, Earth Hour and IUCN!

IUCN Members networked by solar light in the magnificent Elephant House of Copenhagen Zoo at a special event held during the UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen.
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18 Dec 2009 | News story

Zarqa River in Jordan, December 2009

Restoring the Zarqa – Respecting Our Rivers

‘When you look down the Zarqa River at Janna’a Park it is hard to imagine that 30 years ago this area was green and fertile’, said Eng.Mohammad Al Zawahra from Zarqa Municipality. ‘People would swim in clear water pools, fish, swam in the river, and we had flowing water throughout the year’. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story
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UNFCCC COP15

IUCN Media Brief 17 December 2009 - REDD key to successful mitigation

THE LATEST: Solid progress has been made at COP 15 towards recognizing forests as a fundamental part of climate change mitigation solutions. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and REDD-plus are a critical part of a successful mitigation strategy. …  

17 Dec 2009 | News story

Transboundary water governance framework initiated

On 15 December, IUCN’s Asia Regional Environmental Law and Water and Wetlands Programmes held a joint workshop to work with partners to brainstorm the fundamentals of a transboundary water governance assessment framework. The workshop was sponsored by the Mekong Regional Water Dialogues project, funded by the Government of Finland. …  

17 Dec 2009 | News story
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Wood extraction

Borneo Natives Proclaim Tropical Forest Reserve

Penan Peace Park" is aimed at protecting the last primeval rainforests of Sarawak´s Upper Baram region and is challenging the official logging plans – the Penan wish to develop tourism and to protect their native rights. …  

16 Dec 2009 | News story

The reflection of the rainforest in the black waters of the Amazon, Brazil

Landmark Legal Opinion Finds that Indigenous Brazilian Tribe in Amazon owns carbon-trading rights

Finding Comes During Global Climate Talks in Copenhagen; Could Impact Other Indigenous Groups Seeking to Protect Land, Way of Life …  

16 Dec 2009 | News story

2nd NWG meet, Viet Nam

2nd Regional National Water Group meeting resolve to engage with policy makers and strengthen member base

The 2nd Regional National Working Group (RNWG) meeting of the Mekong Region Water Dialogues (MRWD), programme of IUCN's Asia office was organized in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from November 30th to December 1st, 2009. …  

16 Dec 2009 | News story
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Komadogu Yobe Basin, Nigeria

Using water management, ecosystems and empowerment to build climate change resilience

Drought, floods, storms, melting glaciers and sea-level rise all feature in headlines and fears about the expected impacts of climate change. All concern water. Living with climate change will mean coping with impacts on water. …  

16 Dec 2009 | 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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