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Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry

Kering and IUCN Boa & Python Specialist Group announce first report on captive breeding

The first report under the ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been presented today. …  

31 Mar 2014 | International news release

Minister speaking at the occasion

Towards Building Coastal Resilience in South and South-east Asia

Building coastal resilience is a priority as many coastal communities in Bangladesh and other Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, such as storms, floods and droughts, and to climate change. …  

30 Mar 2014 | Article

Training of Trainers (ToT)

Participatory Video: Learning beyond borders

The wonderful thing about using a camera is that it sets young adults free from the expected idioms of books and writing and thereby helps them to explore and express. It helps them in connecting better with their surroundings and the world without. …  

27 Mar 2014 | Article

International Training Workshop on Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem

A four-day International Training Workshop on Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem concluded on March 27, 2014 at College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, which was jointly organized by the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University. …  

27 Mar 2014 | News story

Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot

CEPF ready to roll out grants in the Indo-Burma region

Following the announcement of the second phase of CEPF support of Indo-Burma biodiversity hot-spot and review of proposals, new grants are now in process to be awarded.  …  

27 Mar 2014 | Article

Red list Fact sheet

Project launch “Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh”

Hoolock gibbon, fishing cat, elephant, saltwater crocodile, bird wing, Bangladeshi cricket frog, ring lizard, and the olive ridley turtle have something in common:  while occurring in Bangladesh they represent an important part of the country’s remarkable and extraordinary faunal biodiversity. However they also have in common that observing those wonderful and astonishing animals in the wild takes place only on rare occasions and therefore national experts and scientists have put them on the red list assessment list together with around 1700 animal species and declared them of being presumably threatened in their existence either in Bangladesh or globally and suggested urgent status clarification. …  

27 Mar 2014 | Article

Dr Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan, IUCN Thailand Country Representative

Sustaining urban biodiversity for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Most of the time, we think that the impacts of climate change will affect only local communities living in rural and coastal areas. This is only a part of the truth. In fact, the impacts of climate change can be felt everywhere, including in cities. Biodiversity, which is defined as the richness and variety of plants and animals in a given environment, plays an important role in climate change adaptation and mitigation for urban areas. …  

25 Mar 2014 | Article

Land preparation demonstration in Myae Ni Gone Village.

Preserving our Water Resources: Lessons from Inle Lake

Nong Haan Lake in Sakon Nakhon Province is the largest natural lake in Northeast Thailand, and is facing a set of challenges including water pollution and declining fishery resources. Recently two community leaders from Nong Haan, accompanied by representatives from Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University and IUCN Thailand, visited Inle Lake in Myanmar to draw lessons and inspiration from the way Inle communities use their water resources. …  

25 Mar 2014 | Article

Government of Guatemala

Assessing countries’ true land restoration potential now possible, says IUCN

The largest landscape restoration initiative in history gained further momentum today - the International Day of Forests - as IUCN and other partners provide the world’s nations with new guidance on assessing their national restoration potential. 

21 Mar 2014 | International news release

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Supporting our forest guardians

Almost exactly a year ago, on the 14th of March 2013, 33-year old Thaweesak Chomyong, a ranger working in Thailand’s Pang Sida National Park was fatally shot when a group of poachers fired upon his patrol team before fleeing the scene. This was not an isolated incident. The neighbouring Thap Lan National Park (TLNP), part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also bearing the brunt of this poaching epidemic, in particular the poaching of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis). …  

21 Mar 2014 | News story