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IUCN announces fellows for Ecosystems for Life Media Fellowship 2013

 The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is pleased to announce the results of the Ecosystems for Life Media Fellowship 2013. After a rigorous process of short listing and selection, two applicants from India and two from Bangladesh have emerged as successful fellows. The successful candidates are Mr Anamitra Sengupta (Principal Correspondent, the daily Anandabazar), Ms Ratna Bharali Talukdar (Freelancer, Assam), Mr Hamid-Uz-Zaman (Staff Reporter, the daily Janakantha) and Mr Abu Bakar Siddique (Staff Reporter, the Dhaka Tribune). 

28 Jul 2013 | Article

Malabar Pufferfish
(Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Threatened freshwater fish fall through net of mismanaged aquarium pet trade

The global trade in freshwater fish is a large and diverse industry, estimated to be worth around US $15–30 billion a year. Supplied by captive-bred and wild-caught specimens, the aquarium trade is dependent on the replenishment capabilities of wild freshwater fish populations and sustainable methods of capture. Although a new paper published by the Conservation Research Group (CRG) and members of the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group reveals that up to 30 species of barbs, catfish, loaches and other freshwater fish endemic to two biodiversity hotspots in India are continually traded around the world, despite their threatened conservation status on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story

16th International Riversymposium

16th International Riversymposium 2013: Linking water - energy - food

Rivers are the key to ensuring water, energy and food security in Australia and in many countries around the world.  If you are helping to solve this problem, the 16th International Riversymposium to be held in Brisbane, Australia from 23-26 September, 2013, is the place to connect with other like-minded professionals from government, private industry, academia and civil society organisations. Find your next piece of the water - energy - food nexus puzzle in Brisbane, Australia for the 16th International Riversymposium. …  

02 Jul 2013 | Article

Participants of the consultation pose for a group photo

Experts call for engaging citizens to save the Hilsa

Creating awareness among consumers has become a necessity to conserve Hilsa, an iconic fish in the Bengal Delta. Tackling demand for Hilsa is as critical as implementing enforcements to curb declining catch of the fish during the spawning and breeding seasons. This was discussed at a day-long consultation on ‘Hilsa Conservation Action’ organized by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) under its project Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative on 27 June 2013 at the Middleton Chambers in Kolkata, India. Given the migratory nature of Hilsa, the participants suggested that governments of India and Bangladesh must come together to save this fish. …  

01 Jul 2013 | Article

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Ananya Mukherjee explains Vulture Safe Zones

A lot done, a lot more to do. That could be the Facebook status update for Ananya Mukherjee as she works to establish Vulture Safe Zones (VSZs) to help protect India’s remaining vulture populations. 

04 Jun 2013 | News story

Arun Krishnamurthy

Cleaning up India’s lakes

With the support of a Rolex Award for Enterprise, a young man – Arun Krishnamurthy – is following his true passion to conserve the environment by spearheading a campaign to clean up the urban lakes of India. …  

23 May 2013 | Article

Mark Smith speaking at the Second Asia Pacific Water Summit

Asia Pacific Water Summit: regional cooperation essential

The Second Asia Pacific Water Summit concluded on 20 May 2013 with leaders from nine countries – Brunei, Georgia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam – pledging to prioritize water-related concerns in their countries. …  

20 May 2013 | News story

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Participatory video workshop reflects on climate in Goshoba, Sundarbans

Earthcare Outreach Trust of Delhi, India, conducted a 10-day Participatory Video Workshop on the island of Goshoba in the Sunderbans. Climate fragile, with tigers on the land and salt water crocs and sharks in the water. CEC member Krishnendu Bose reports. …  

24 Apr 2013 | News story

Students waiting for the diver to emerge from the tank

Raising Seagrass Awareness among Youths in Palk Bay, India

We initiated an exclusive seagrass awareness in Palk Bay since October 2012. Our team visits local schools and then invite the students to our centre for field trip. …  

23 Apr 2013 | News story

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Pygmy hog Translocation

In life, timing is everything. This is certainly true for the Critically Endangered pygmy hog (Porcula salvania) of north eastern India. Each December for the past 6 years, project director Goutam Narayan and project manager Parag Deka make the 200 kilometre journey from breeding facilities in Basistha to the pre-release facility in Potasali in Nameri Tiger Reserve in Assam to make a special delivery. …  

03 Apr 2013 | News story


Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans
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