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IUCN welcomes the Central African Republic, a new Member State

The Government of the Central African Republic has officially announced its decision to become an IUCN State Member by endorsing the Union’s Statutes. It has appointed the Ministry for Water, Forests, Hunting and Fisheries as the focal liaison point with IUCN’s Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

20 May 2011 | News story

Stung Treng wetlands, a Ramsar site: a wetland of international importance

Streamlining wetland conservation in Cambodia

In a first for Cambodia, the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) is in the initial stages of developing a national plan to strategically manage wetlands.
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20 May 2011 | News story

Hector Caymaris

Persistence pays off

When Héctor Caymaris became the only Park Ranger in Laguna de Rocha in Uruguay in 2001, it wasn’t the wild animals that were a threat, it was the wild people. …   | Spanish

20 May 2011 | News story

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Ramsar celebration on the occasion of the Convention’s 40th Anniversary

IUCN joined the international community and friends of Ramsar last night in an official ceremony to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.  …  

20 May 2011 | News story

European Day of Parks

Celebrating the Contribution of Green Volunteers Across Europe

On and around 24th May 2011, Europe’s most beautiful places will recognise the work of the thousands of green volunteers that help take care of these fabulous spaces and the animals and plants they protect. During the celebrations of the European Day of Parks hundreds of events will highlight the assets of volunteering will take place across the continent. The European Day of Parks was launched by IUCN Member, the EUROPARC Federation. …  

20 May 2011 | News story

Minister Jessica Eriyo plants a symbolic tree to commemorate the launch

Uganda government and IUCN launch a management plan for Mabira ecosystem

 Uganda’s Minister of State for Environment, Honourable Jessica Eriyo officially launched the Kalagala Offset Sustainable Management Plan (2010 – 2019) to address environmental management of the Mabira ecosystem. The launch was organized by IUCN in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment. IUCN facilitated the development of the plan using the Ecosystems Based Approach. The world bank provided both financial and technical support to the planning process. …  

20 May 2011 | Article
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Right to left: Jim Leape (WWF International); Jane Madgwick (Wetlands International); Anada Tiéga (Ramsar); Deborah Bossio (IWMI); Julia Marton-Lefèvre (IUCN); Marco Lambertini (BirdLife International); Yeon-Chul Yoo (Chair of SC); and Rafael González Bordón (SC Vice-Chair).

Ramsar partners sign new memorandum of cooperation

The Ramsar Convention’s relationship with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs), of which the IUCN is a long standing partner, were strengthened on May 19th through the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation for 2011-2017. …  

19 May 2011 | News story

3-Day Training on Formulation and Project Proposal Development

Karachi: May 19, 2011

A 3-Day training workshop was organized by IUCN Pakistan under its Balochistan Partnership for Sustainable Development (BPSD) programme with the financial assistance of the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) at Pearl Continental hotel Karachi. …  

19 May 2011 | International news release

Discussion on Scenarios in Ohiamatu simpa- Ghana

Forest communities contribute to pro-poor REDD+ readiness process in Ghana

Efforts by IUCN in Ghana to engage local communities and exchange information on key REDD+ governance issues are bearing fruit. A series of meetings and workshops at the regional and community levels have generated detailed inputs that can directly feed into Ghana’s evolving REDD+ strategy. That process is at a crucial stage. Ghana has received funds from the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and was accepted as one of five pilot countries for the Forest Investment Program (FIP). Now that the country is ready to start the building of its REDD+ strategy, community organisations have a crucial role to play in the identification of REDD+ activities that can be the building blocks of such a plan. 

19 May 2011 | News story
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Women using water in Pangani river basin, Tanzania

Tanzania Minister calls for increased IUCN engagement in conservation and poverty eradication

Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Environment), Dr Terezya Huvisa, has called on IUCN to engage more strongly in environmental conservation, but also help people tackle poverty in both urban and rural areas of Tanzania. The Minister said this when the IUCN Head of Tanzania office, Mr Abdalla Shah called on her to brief her on IUCN’s work in the country.   …  

19 May 2011 | News story
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