2012

Participants attend a consultation workshop organized by VRN

Supporting civil society to influence the development of Vietnam’s Water Law

In 2011, Mekong Water Dialogue (MWD) funded Vietnam River Network (VRN) to do a detailed review of draft versions of the new Water Law. VRN and the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) organized a series of consultation meetings to gather feedback from local NGOs, academia, and the general public. A report summarizing this feedback (in Vietnamese and a summary in English) is available on the MWD website. In 2012, MWD will continue to support civil society efforts to target the National Assembly, which has the ultimate authority for reviewing and approving laws, specifically the need for the Water Law to explicitly incorporate the principles of integrated water resource management, address international waters, and ensure public participation in water resource management. …   | Vietnamese

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Sarus crane in Tram Chim National Park

Announcing Vietnam’s fourth Ramsar site

On World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2012, the Ramsar Secretariat notified Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Ramsar Focal Point, that it had accepted Tram Chim as a Ramsar site. This is Vietnam’s 4th Ramsar site after Xuan Thuy, Bau Sau, and Ba Be, and the 2,000th site to be nominated globally.
  …   | Vietnamese

24 Feb 2012 | News story
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Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)

Twelve percent of marine species in tropical eastern Pacific threatened

Twelve percent of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction, according to a study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners. Main threats to the region’s marine flora and fauna include over-fishing, habitat loss and increasing impacts from the El Nino Southern Oscillation. …   | Spanish

23 Feb 2012 | International news release

Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)

Twelve percent of marine species in tropical eastern Pacific threatened

Twelve percent of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction, according to a study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners. Main threats to the region’s marine flora and fauna include over-fishing, habitat loss and increasing impacts from the El Nino Southern Oscillation. …  

23 Feb 2012 | News story

Macquarie’s new Green Campus Guide is a fun way for students and staff to learn how to make smart sustainability choices.

Green Campus Guide wins international accolades

Macquarie University in Australia has created a new interactive Green Campus Guide to inspire enhanced campus participation in its vision for sustainability.   …  

23 Feb 2012 | News story

In Durban, members of China's 1000 Environment-Friendly Youth Ambassadors Action programme.

China’s youth in action: 1000 environment-friendly ambassadors

CEC member JIA Feng shares the success story of this landmark youth environmental campaign -- the 1000 Environment-Friendly Youth Ambassadors Action programme. …  

22 Feb 2012 | News story

Parque Nacional Natural Chingaza, Colombia.

Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas, una respuesta al cambio climático

Primer documento en español sobre el enfoque de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas, que UICN promueve a escala mundial. …  

22 Feb 2012 | News story
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Learning about biodiversity at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Planetarium Science Center

Egypt's Planetarium Science Centre activities for Rio+20

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Planetarium Science Center will mark Rio+20 with a simulation of the globe and pressing sustainability issues on seven continents. Read about this and other 2012 activities. …  

22 Feb 2012 | News story

Une vue de l’atelier sur la dégradation des terres et la gestion du terroir du Massif Kelka tenu à Batouma / Douentza

La nature et nous - Mali

Alassane Ballo, membre de la CEC, partage son avis dans cet essai. Le patrimoine en ressources biologiques du Mali, riche et varié, est malheureusement menacé de disparition.  

22 Feb 2012 | News story

Woman with biogas plant. A quarter of India’s population of over one billion collect forest products almost daily for household tasks such as cooking, heating and feeding their livestock.

Emerging biogas technology in rural India

CEC member Jasmine Biba reports on a WWF-India project to meet people's needs for energy while reducing pressure on fuelwood from forests and conflict with wildlife. …  

22 Feb 2012 | News story