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World Water Day - Blog: 'Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off'

By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund managers spend an afternoon in a Zurich café talking about nature? For opportunity and innovation.   …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2016 | News story
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IUCN Green List workship in Hanoi, Vietnam

IUCN Green List – A new Standard for Conservation in Vietnam

Hanoi – IUCN's pioneering Green List edged closer to being fully set in motion in the Asia region this month with an inception workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the new global standard for protected and conserved areas will soon enter an important pilot phase.  …  

22 Mar 2016 | Article

BRIDGE Champions from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.

Championing a future for water security

Water is an essential life source, one that no living being on planet Earth can survive without. Water creates jobs, supports the economy, and contributes to social and human development. In fact, almost half of the world's workers, some 1.5 billion people, work in water related sectors as rice farmers, fishermen, boat drivers, hydropower workers, etc.  …  

22 Mar 2016 | Article

To curb the rising temperature and melting glaciers maximizing Green cover is the need of the day

A seminar was organized to commemorate the International Day of Forests by IUCN, International Union for Conservation Nature and the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, the Capital Development Authority, Bahria University at Bahria University, Islamabad Campus with an objective to highlight the importance of the International Day of Forest. The theme of the year 2016 is: “Forest and Water”. …  

21 Mar 2016 | News story

Map of natural sites around Ba Kamint community, adjacent to Pang Sida National Park

Nature trails for conservation: Identifying natural assets at Thai World Heritage Site

The natural environment plays an important role for communities living around protected areas. In addition to being essential for livelihoods, nature also has the potential of being developed for nature or community-based tourism. …  

21 Mar 2016 | Article

Oceanic Manta Ray, Surface feeding

Fighting illegal trade in manta rays in the ‘backdoor of the Philippines'

Conserving mantas and ‘flying rays’ on the conflict-ridden islands of Tawi Tawi is best done with the help of the locals, writes Isabel Ender of the Manta Trust, an SOS grantee. …  

16 Mar 2016 | News story

Non-Preferred Crop

Cultivating chilli Crops: Mitigating human-elephant conflict and helping farmers make more profit

Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. When elephants and humans interact, there is conflict from crop raiding, injuries and deaths to humans caused by elephants, and elephants being killed by humans for reasons other than ivory and habitat degradation. The search for effective measures to deal with HEC is one of the most significant challenges for elephant management. …  

16 Mar 2016 | News story

The rally on the celebration of world wetland day

Bangladesh Celebrates World Wetlands Day

The global community celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2nd of each year. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971. Like other countries in different part of the world, Bangladesh also celebrated the World wetland Day with a dedication to mark the theme of this year ‘‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods”, to raise awareness about the value of wetlands in the lives of people, and in the economic successes of families, communities and nations. While the ecosystem services that wetlands provide, such as regulating water availability and quality, filtration and purification, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration, are well documented scientifically, income generation from wetlands is less recognized globally. …  

15 Mar 2016 | News story

Map of the mekong delta.

Legal analysis on how the UN Watercourses Convention complements the Mekong Agreement published

As part of the BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance)  programme, IUCN recently published a document titled “A window of opportunity for the Mekong Basin: The UN Watercourses Convention as a basis for cooperation. A legal analysis of how the UN Watercourses Convention complements the Mekong Agreement." This document provides a comparative analysis of the key substantive and procedural principles and obligations provided for in the UN Watercourses Convention and the Mekong Agreement. …  

15 Mar 2016 | Article

Participants from North-east Asia coming together for the first time for a workshop on protected areas.

North-east Asia comes together in friendship to strengthen protected areas management

Protected areas and species conservation in North-east Asia received a vital boost through the convening of a workshop held in Beijing, China earlier this month. Held for the first time, the event aimed to foster exchange of experiences and networking between several countries in the North-east Asian region.  …  

11 Mar 2016 | Article