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Local villagers with free clean drinking water provided by EKOCENTER

What's an EKOCENTER and what does it do?

For over 10 years, IUCN reported concerns to UNESCO regarding the environmental impacts of floating communities that had taken up residence in the core zone of the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. In 2013, the Quang Ninh provincial government relocated several hundred of these fishing families out of the WHS to Ha Phong, a 20 minute drive from Ha Long City. …   | Vietnamese

04 Apr 2016 | News story
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Sustainability of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Small Grant Facility in Sri Lanka

cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/mmf_web.pdf Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led regional initiative to promote investments in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. It is being implemented in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. …  

30 Mar 2016 | News story

The elephant response team members participated in a training

Reducing Human-Elephant Conflict: Elephant Response Team is key

Conflict between humans and elephants have become an important issue for conservationists during the last two decades. In Bangladesh, about 2.53 million hectares (17.49%) of its 14.8 million hectares total land area is covered by forests. This includes 0.27 million hectares of homestead forests and 2.26 million hectares of state-owned forest reserves and protected areas. Elephants and farmers, along with other members of the community, have become incompatible neighbors in many parts of the elephant ranges in Bangladesh, especially in places where agriculture is the dominant form of land use. As a result, Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) occurs frequently, and many elephants die due to this conflict. …  

29 Mar 2016 | News story

Key note address

Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka delivers the Keynote Address at the World Water day Dialogue

A half-day, multi-stakeholder dialogue, discussion and debate titled “Water, jobs and prosperity in Sri Lanka: Partnerships for sustainability” was held at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka on 23 March 2016. This event was held to mark the World Water Day 2016. …  

24 Mar 2016 | News story

Women harvesting rice, Vietnam

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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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

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

Local farmers transporting waste water treatment tanks

"Hello" toilets, shrimp, and livelihoods in Ca Mau Province

Over the past 20 years, farmers of the Mekong Delta have made use of pond toilets that discharge waste directly into canals and rivers near their farms. Every morning, the local people on their way to the market by boat greet their neighbours in these toilets. That is why they are jokingly called “Hello” toilets. …   | Vietnamese

10 Mar 2016 | News story
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