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IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair Southeast Asia Agus Budi Utomo Countries of the region Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,...
Endemic and threatened female golden langur
IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair South Asia Dr Vinod Mathur Countries of the Region Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian Ocean Territory, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka...
Elephant Response Team (ERT) is chasing away elephants invading paddy fields, Sherpur, Bangladesh.
Apparently unrelated, there are some similarities between responding to climate change and managing human-elephant conflicts. To make human-elephant...
The earth’s climate has rapidly been changing over the recent decades because of our carbon-based development and destruction of nature. We have three major responses to that change. Responses to...
The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea volunteers to become the new co-chair for the Partnership, starting from November 2017.
Regional collaboration on protected areas in Asia continued to gather momentum on a number of fronts, with the announcement of several new...
On the governance front, the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea is to become the new co-chair for the Partnership in November 2017, taking over from the Ministry of Environment of Japan...
A young woman holds up a denim dress that she made
In Iranawila village in Puttalam, a district situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka, 90% of the population relies on fishing for their livelihoods....
The destruction of the mangrove forests - which play a vital role in protecting nursery habitats for fish - threatens the livelihoods of the local communities. And although cutting mangroves in that...
A woman in a purple dress stands near two shallow wooden basins filled with fish
On Delft, an island in the Palk Strait north of Sri Lanka, approximately 1,200 out of a population of 4,502 rely on fisheries for their livelihoods....
“Though we were getting huge fish catches, we were not able to sell it all at a fair price. This forced us to dry the excess fish and sell it to local retailers,” said Annet Pathmavathy, a native of...
A narrow swath of field lies between two forested areas, with a red-roofed pagoda towards the back and a view of the sea
With a total area of 3.7 hectares (roughly the size of 5 football pitches), the coastline in front and the famous Hai Tang pagoda in back, the Pagoda...
Once used for rice cultivation, the fields were abandoned due to water scarcity and rapid population expansion. Several businesses expressed interest in developing the area to accommodate the 1,700...
Two men smile as they lift a heavy bag off of a pile of similar bags a few feet from the sea in Pulau Dua, Indonesia
Well-known for its importance as a breeding site for water birds, Pulau Dua was established as a nature reserve in 1937. Unfortunately,  in recent...
Mangroves act as a natural barrier between land and sea and prevent coastal erosion. They also provide shelter for marine wildlife. Udin is one of many fishermen in the area who suffered the...
Several rows of plants growing from gravel in segmented quadrants
Once a small fishing village with clear seawater, serene beaches, creeks and islands covered with lush green mangroves, Karachi has now been...
Lying southwest of Karachi city is a small island called Manora. Traditionally a fishing village, the island now hosts naval installations because of its strategic location. Its sandy beaches are...
A woman in a green sari and a man hold up a sign that reads 'pen culture' in red lettering
Pampa Dolui is from Udayan, a small village among the mangroves of Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha, India. Her early childhood memories are of...
Besides extreme weather, communities in Odisha also faced other challenges – especially in recent years. “People don’t work anymore. Everyone now is renting out their fields for shrimp cultivation,...
Mary being interviewed by the MFF MLE team
The northern province of Sri Lanka has gone through some tough times. Between 1980 to 2009, a civil war left over 60,000 people dead, 20,000 missing...
While hundreds and thousands struggled to recover from the tsunami disaster, it was only after the war ended in 2009 that communities could really reorganise their lives and regain a sense of...

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