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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Les participants au test de Ténado, réunis pour la photo de groupe

Development Planning: IUCN test tools and frameworks for mainstreaming climate change

A series of test of Climate Proofing frameworks and Toolkit for Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation Capacities (TOP-SECACC) was conducted from March 12th to 17th, 2012 by the IUCN climate change unit of Koudougou and Tenado in the Central West Region of Burkina Faso …   | French

06 Apr 2012 | Article
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Travaux en plénière du FOREAU

FOREAU : Strengthen civil society involvement in the management of the Niger Basin

Organized by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and the Regional Coordination of Users of the Basin (CRUBN), the second Regional Forum of Actors and Users of Water of the Niger Basin (FOREAU) was held in Sélingué, Mali from February 22th to 24th, 2012 …   | French

06 Apr 2012 | News story
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Atelier GIRE du projet REPASE

Tinkisso Upper Basin: Key actors plan its integrated management

The local workshop aimed at resulting to the development of a shared vision of integrated management of water resources and related ecosystems in the Tinkisso Upper Basin was held on March 8th, in Dabola in the Republic of Guinea …   | French

06 Apr 2012 | News story
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Launching of Integrated District Development Visions for Quetta, Pishin and Mastung districts

IUCN Pakistan under its Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development Programme (BPSD) launched the Integrated District Development Visions (IDDVs) for Quetta, Mastung and Pishin districts in a ceremony held on April 05, 2012 at Quetta …  

05 Apr 2012 | International news release

Grey Sided Bush Warbler

Conservation activities could prevent migratory birds from vanishing reveal experts

The Pashua- Tanguar Haors of Bangladesh are home to many threatened birds, some globally threatened and thousands of migratory and residential birds.  However the number of migratory birds is drastically declining from the Haor basin of Bangladesh every year revealed Enam Ul Haque, President of Bangladesh Bird Club at a recent round table discussion on Avian Biodiversity Conservation of Pashua-Tanguar Haor. …  

05 Apr 2012 | Article


National committee chairs rev up for Jeju Congress

Chairs of National Committee of IUCN Members from Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESARO) convened in Pretoria, South Africa this week to discuss the region’s preparations for the IUCN World Conservation Congress to be held in Jeju, South Korea in September this year. The meeting brought together Chairs from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. …  

05 Apr 2012 | News story
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IUCN Members in Malawi speak on the environmental situation

The Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members met recently to discuss national environmental issues affecting the country. The Committee includes leading environmental organizations in the country such as the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM), the Coordinating Union for the Rehabilitation of the Environment (CURE), the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (MEET), the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) and Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT). The Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members was formed in November 2011 by members of IUCN in Malawi to, among other things, influence the conservation and development agenda in Malawi. …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story
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Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica)

IUCN SSC takes on scaly anteaters

Is it a cat? Is it a bear? Or, is it a crazy looking reptile? No, in fact, it’s a pangolin! …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

Golden Mantella Frog, SOS

Communities rewarded as conservation ambassadors

Newly created community-based organizations were rewarded for their efforts to protect the Critically Endangered Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) during a festival attended by government representatives and members of the local population. The event was held in the town of Moramanga in the Moramanga District in Madagascar. …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story