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Launch of the Global Consultation on Water: The World We Want 2015

As UN-Water partner, IUCN is supporting the global launch today of the Thematic Consultation on Water. This public consultation process is part of the UN-led global dialogue 'The World We Want 2015'. …  

21 Nov 2012 | News story

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IUCN re-elected on WWC Board of Governors

During the recent 6th General Assembly of the World Water Council (WWC), IUCN was re-elected on the Board of Governors. IUCN’s Mark Smith and Alejandro Iza will serve for a second term as Board Governors and help oversee and guide the World Water Council’s work for another 3 years, until the next Water Forum in 2015 to be held in Daegu Gyeongbuk, South Korea. …  

18 Nov 2012 | News story

The Mekong river at the border tripoint of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos

Hydro-diplomacy: Bridging the gap between science, policy and action

How we use and share water is a complex issue. It involves diverse groups of people such as farmers and fishermen, energy suppliers and developers, all who are competing for a limited and precious resource. Water use issues typically cross natural, social and political boundaries and can be local, national, regional and global in nature. …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story

BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance

BRIDGE 'Building River Dialogue and Governance': Plans towards 2013

Cross-border water management not only benefits regional water security, but also promotes dialogue, peace and cooperation. IUCN BRIDGE project colleagues met in Chiangrai to discuss progress on the transboundary initiative since it's inception in May 2011, and in particular to put in place plans for BRIDGE into 2013 and beyond. …  

29 Oct 2012 | News story

Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, near Beijing

Restoring landscapes to support cities' growth

The Chinese capital Beijing is a growing city – growing in terms of people, and the space it needs for them to live, grow food, and to support expanding industries. Provided with water from the Miyun reservoir, new approaches need to be developed to maintain sustainable supplies of water for Beijing. …  

20 Oct 2012 | News story

The river Mekong

Hydro-diplomacy: An invaluable tool for sharing water across borders

IUCN is pleased to announce the upcoming conference: ‘Hydro-diplomacy: A Tool for Sharing Water Across Borders’ which will take place on 31 October in Chiang Rai, Thailand. More than 100 diplomats, political scientists, economists, and water resources professionals from over 25 countries will discuss complexities and ways forward in hydro-diplomacy, in particular in trans-boundary river basins. …  

15 Oct 2012 | News story

Wonders of Jeju

Learning from Water Sessions at Congress: Natural Infrastructure

During the recent World Conservation Congress, IUCN's Global Water Programme worked with Members and partners on finding sustainable solutions for water management. The session on 'Natural Infrastructure as an Element of Green Economies' revealed key lessons and showed ways forward for the promotion of increased investments in ecosystems as vital players for economic growth. …  

24 Sep 2012 | News story

Miyun County, Beijing China

Basins of the Future: Connecting water from source to city

Growing urban populations and economic growth are putting more pressure on the watersheds and infrastructure supplying water to cities. This is where IUCN and IWA have joined forces in pulling together their knowledge, networks and resources to strengthen nature-based solutions for water security in urban areas. …  

21 Sep 2012 | News story

Jeju wild flowers- January 2012

Green gets gold at Nature’s Olympics

As economic difficulties continue to dominate international debate, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress has put nature back centre stage in the quest to recover our natural assets and use nature to solve a growing list of economic and social issues. …  

15 Sep 2012 | News story


Nature+ Food: Key messages from the IUCN Congress Forum

Food Security was the main theme at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on Saturday 8 Sept. A high-level Leaders Dialogue took place and many sessions, workshops and meetings focused on conservation issues related to agricultural landscapes. Out of these, the following trends were noted: …  

09 Sep 2012 | 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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