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Nothern Bald Ibises at their wintering grounds on the Ethiopian highlands in November 2011

Hopes to save the most threatened bird in the Middle East

The Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita is listed on the IUCN Red List as a “Critically Endangered” species on a global scale. It was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian desert in April 2002, following clues from local hunters and Bedouin nomads, in the framework of a UN/DGCS (Italian Development Cooperation) general fauna survey of the area. It suddenly became the rarest and most threatened bird in the Middle East! …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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The Kahouanne Anole (Anolis kahouannensis) is a lizard endemic to Guadeloupe

EU grants 2 million euros to overseas biodiversity projects

In March 2011, the European Commission (EC) decided to provide 2 million euros to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in European overseas territories. A call for proposals will be published in May 2011. …   | French

22 Mar 2011 | News story

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Walking for water, members from the Otuke community, Uganda

Walking for water in Uganda

IUCN, in partnership with the Otuke district and GWI partners in Uganda, joined the rest of the world to celebrate world water day, under the theme “The World Walks for Water”. …  

21 Mar 2011 | News story

Kolkhian pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Vashlovani Protected Areas Friends win Eco-Award 2011

The Friends’ Association of Vashlovani Protected Areas was selected as one of six winners to receive the Eco-Awards 2011 grant from the Eurasia Partnership Foundation. With the help of the award the survival of the endemic Kolkhian Pheasant will be ensured. …  

21 Mar 2011 | Article
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Woman carrying wood and leaves

World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests

The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest-dependent communities. …   | Spanish

21 Mar 2011 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests

The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest-dependent communities. …  

21 Mar 2011 | International news release

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Giving Citizens a Voice in Environmental Management in Industry

  IUCN Thailand and TATA Steel (Thailand) PLC are working together to identify stakeholders and their concerns relating to the environmental impact of the mini blast furnace plant operated by NTS Steel Group PLC, a subsidiary of TATA Steel Thailand, at the Hemaraj Industrial Estate in Bor Win, Chonburi province.    

18 Mar 2011 | News story
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Member of the Dalit community harvesting rice in Chulachuli VDC, Ilam Siwaliks.

Sustainable development in the 21st century: On the road to Rio and beyond…

Key players and experts from the environment and sustainable development community gathered at IUCN’s headquarters in Switzerland this week to discuss how to implement sustainable development in the 21st Century.   …  

18 Mar 2011 | News story

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