No a la biopiratería: grupos nacionales asumirán el reto

La UICN-Sur y la Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental continúan trabajando para cumplir con la implementación del Proyecto Regional GEF-PNUMA-UICN, en especial en lo que se refiere a prevenir y contrarrestar los efectos de la biopiratería y el acceso irregular. …  

11 Apr 2012 | News story

Cuenca del río Santa, Perú.

Todos juntos por la cuenca del río Santa

En época de estiaje, la escasez de agua en la cuenca del río Santa en Perú se agudiza más y más. Durante dos días, todos los actores de la cuenca se reunieron para hablar sobre este tema y otros como: gobernabilidad, conflictos, contaminación de aguas, normativa, acceso a la información, adaptación al cambio climático en la gestión del agua, entre otros. El objetivo: ponerse manos a la obra para salvar esta cuenca. …  

11 Apr 2012 | News story
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Bhurban Declaration 2012 adopted at the South Asia Conference on Environmental Justice

A fortnight into the successful completion of South Asia Conference on Environmental Justice, it is already being considered a new chapter in the environmental history of Pakistan. With its Bhurban Declaration, unanimously adopted and agreed upon by the Chief Justices from the region and beyond, the conference is a pivotal step in the wake of environmental degradation that plagues the region.  …  

10 Apr 2012 | News story

X el oeste de Montevideo, 2012.

X el Oeste de Montevideo, construyendo ciudadanía ambiental

Iniciativa inédita tanto por el lugar que se le da a la herramienta XO que llevan adelante IPRU y Vida SIlvestre Uruguay, como por la propuesta de encuentro de niños, niñas, adolescentes y adultos en y para la construcción de ciudadanía ambiental en el oeste de Montevideo. …  

10 Apr 2012 | News story

John Kidd, Director, Global Communications Unit

IUCN's John Kidd talks about Congress on Korean TV

In an interview for Korea Today of Arirang TV channel, John Kidd, Director of IUCN Global Communications, talks about Jeju Island and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and explains the theme of the World Conservation Congress 2012.   …  

10 Apr 2012 | Video

Fishing on Lake Kosi in St Lucia, South Africa

BIOPAMA – boosting capacity for protected areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

A global inception workshop, held in IUCN’s headquarters from 21 to 23 March, marked the starting point for the implementation of the BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme. Launched by the European Commission in July 2011, BIOPAMA is funded through Intra-ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries) resources from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). BIOPAMA has two main components: a Protected Areas component, and an Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) component. …  

10 Apr 2012 | News story
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Case Study cover: Volta Basin

New IUCN Water Case Studies

IUCN Water recently published 3 new demonstration case studies, providing more detail and lessons on water management approaches in the Mekong, Tacana, and Volta basins. …  

10 Apr 2012 | News story

Forest rangers in Cat Ba National Park

Biodiversity conservation in Viet Nam: a perfect storm

A “perfect storm” is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. The term is also used to describe an actual phemonenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Over the last few years, a series of reports have documented the disappearance of Vietnam’s globally threatened plants and animals and the ineffectiveness of current management responses. Loss of species matters because while degraded habitats can often be restored and genetic material preserved, extinction is forever. Vietnam’s wildlife in particular faces a perfect storm that has resulted in a three-pronged assault. To read the article, please click HERE  | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Mangrove planting in Xuan Thuy National Park

Mangrove restoration in Viet Nam: national plans vs. local realities

Vietnam’s government likes to deliver development through top-down national plans such as Program 661, the five million hectare reforestation program (that ended in 2010 and ended up replanting 2.5 million hectares over 12 years). The government’s fondness for national programs stems from a history of central planning, which involved central government issuing a huge number of targets for ministries to fulfill. The doi moi reforms of the mid-1980s officially moved Viet Nam to a market economy but the central planning mentality lingers. …   | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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Fish collected by farmers

No flood, no money. What a trade!

When asked about his future, Nguyen Van Nghe, a fisherman in Dong Thap Province answered: “No flood, no money. What a trade!” He was referring to the fact that over the last 10 years the construction of high dykes in Dong Thap and the Long Xuyen Quadrangle has blocked the annual replenishment of freshwater, nutrients, and sediment on which fish depend. In turn, this has destroyed the wild fisheries on which the landless, including Nghe, who make up 20% of the Mekong Delta’s population, depend. Wild fish production has declined by 40% over the last 10 years and species that were once used as fertilizer now sell for VND180,000/kg. The predatory snakehead, which once occupied the top of the aquatic food chain, has disappeared. The high dykes have also greatly reduced the annual flushing. This has resulted in the accumulation of pathogens and toxins in the surface water and growing public health problems. …   | Vietnamese

09 Apr 2012 | Article
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