JUNE 2014
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First ever World Wildlife Day highlights need to join forces

On the eve of the first World Wildlife Day, IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre highlighted the need for joining forces, more than ever before, to address major threats to wildlife from habitat destruction to illegal trade, invasive species and climate change.

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CITES World Wildlife Day

The IUCN Green List: Green is the new gold!

Nine protected areas in Asia have made it to the IUCN Green List, the first global standard for assessing good practice for protected areas. The Green List of protected areas, launched at the World Parks Congress 2014, is a new global initiative that celebrates the success of effective protected areas and encourages the sharing of best practices in their management. A total of 24 sites worldwide have been selected this year. 

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The French Pyrenees National Park has been confirmed as a Green List site

Nepal celebrates "Zero Poaching" year

Nepal recently marked a successful year of species conservation by announcing that during the previous 365 days, not a single rhino was lost to poaching. The success is a good example of combined efforts in protected area and species management, two core areas of IUCN’s work.

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Asian Rhino, Kaziranga NP, Assam

CEPF grants help to address biodiversity crisis in Southeast Asia

The Indo-Burma region is home to some of the world's most unique and threatened biodiversity. With  increasing recognition of the role of healthy ecosystems in sustaining human wellbeing, conservation efforts are being intensified to protect the region's biodiversity.

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Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot

Registrations now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress

Taking place once only every 10 years, the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The theme of the Congress is "Parks, people, planet : inspiring solutions" and delegates will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. The deadline for registration is June 30 2014.

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WPC 2014

World Wetlands Day observed in Asia

IUCN offices all over the Asia region celebrated World Wetlands Day on February 2 by organizing various activities and interaction programmes with government partners, local communities, students and youth. Celebrated each year globally, the theme for 2014 was 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth'.

In addition, IUCN has published a report on wetland governance based on a workshop held in 2013 in Lao PDR. The report highlights the role of wetlands in supporting human populations and biodiversity.

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A pupil from Ban Kengkok Dong Primary School talks about her World Wetlands Day illustration in Champhone district

First online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas launched

A new online atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns was launched at the landmark Water Lives symposium. The online atlas will provide water managers and scientists with an open-access and interactive gateway to key geographical information and spatial data. The online atlas adopts a book-like structure allowing easy browsing through its four thematic chapters.

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> Log on to the BioFresh platform
Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Workshop to share best practices on Ecosystem-based Adaptation

In order to help communities in South Asia adapt to climate and socio-economic changes and give options to reduce their vulnerability,
the IUCN World Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) in collaboration with UNEP and ISET-Nepal organized a workshop to share knowledge and lessons learned.

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Participants of the workshop

Biodiversity loss in the Mekong linked to human pressures

IUCN recently published the results of a two-year study conducted along the 450 km section of the Mekong river between Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Lao PDR. According to the survey, the levels of biodiversity were lower than expected and revealed ongoing declines due to local people's dependence on wild plants and animals.

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> Download Report : Livelihood survey Mekong IUCN/CEPF
> Download Report : Ecological survey Mekong IUCN/CEPF
Fisherman on the Mekong

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