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Dr Gerardo Budowski, IUCN Director General from 1970 to 1976

Tribute to a great conservation leader, former IUCN Director General, Gerardo Budowski

Dr Gerardo Budowski, IUCN’s first Director General, who served from 1970 to 1976, passed away earlier this week. …  

10 Oct 2014 | Article

Communication skills training in Can Gio

The Building Coastal Resilience project update from Viet Nam

As part of the EU-funded project, Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR), the provinces Soc Trang, Kien Giang, Ben Tre and Can Gio District in Viet Nam have been selected to strengthen capacity and pilot adaptation activities for reducing climate change vulnerabilities. In Viet Nam, the BCR project partners with the Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation).
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10 Oct 2014 | Article

Shark Reef Marine Reserve logo

Creation of a new Marine Park in Fiji

In November 2014, the Fiji Shark Reef Marine Reserve will formally be declared a National Marine Park by the government of Fiji. This is a first in the archipelago and the result of an excellent local initiative which took 11 years to succeed from which the whole community will benefit. …  

09 Oct 2014 | News story

Consultant M.S.Lazareva holds a hand-made wicker basket given to her by this couple in Belarus after she surveyed them for the forest dependency study. The forest provides this community with heating, mushrooms, berries and other forest products and is also a source of raw materials for making wicker and other goods, mainly for personal use.

Assessing Forest Dependency in Eastern Europe

In a land with communities as diverse as its politics and landscapes, survey attempts to quantify human dependency on forests 

09 Oct 2014 | Article

Sébastien REGNAUT

Un nouvel outil pour améliorer l’efficacité de gestion des aires protégées du Bassin du Congo : L’observatoire pour la biodiversité et pour les aires protégées d’Afrique Centrale

Interview du coordonnateur Régional Aires Protégées de l’UICN en Afrique Centrale et Occidentale,
Sébastien REGNAUT …  

08 Oct 2014 | Article

Airview of the channels of Touffat Island in the Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

22 acteurs spécialistes des aires protégées africaines - 22 histoires porteuses de solutions pour inspirer le Congrès Mondial des Parcs de l’UICN

Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud, 7 Octobre 2014. Un comité représentatif des 22 acteurs des aires protégées se réunit à Johannesburg du 7 au 8 Octobre 2014 pour finaliser leurs contributions au Congrès Mondial des Parcs de l’UICN, qui se tiendra du 12 au 19 Novembre à Sydney, en Australie. …  

08 Oct 2014 | News story

Lebanon’s marine environment

Declaring Two Marine Protected Areas in Lebanon

 Marine protected areas (MPAs) have gained world recognition as effective tools to protect the marine environment and are much in favor in the Mediterranean, where about a hundred of them have been declared during recent decades to grant special protection to sites perceived to contain the most valuable marine habitats and species. Embattled by the complexities of saving their sea as a whole, Mediterranean nations have resolved to carve out their remaining crown jewels from the sea and struggle to conserve them through MPA designations. …  

08 Oct 2014 | Article

Gorilla in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Ebola outbreak highlights critical links between biodiversity loss and human health says IUCN’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group

IUCN statement delivered by Dr Jane Smart, Global Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group, to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference currently taking place in the Republic of Korea. …  

08 Oct 2014 | IUCN statement

Snap-to-recycle

Members in the News: Snapshot-to-Recycle

 Snapshot-To-Recycle! project will take place in Jordan, and mainly be based on the media, the internet and  social media platforms. It aims to get people to take photos of problematic waste sites, to describe them, and to upload a photo, including the exact location. All those descriptions and pictures will become visible within seconds on an online map. …  

08 Oct 2014 | Article

Barouk River - Lebanon

Members in the News: Hiking the historical Barouk River Valley Trail

 With the transformation of the season, as landscapes are touched by that autumnal glow, fall can be the best season to explore Lebanon’s rich outdoors. Hiking an ancient trail under red and yellow leafed trees by the flowing waters of the Barouk River is an experience not to be missed. …  

08 Oct 2014 | Article

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