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Dr Ananda Mallawatantri addressing the Expert Session (courtesy:  Korea Environmental Institute)

Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka represented IUCN and contributed towards the Bio-Bridge Initiative

As a support to strategic plan for biodiversity 2020 by Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), the Government of Korea came forward with number of supporting initiatives. The Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) is among one such 5 initiatives by the Republic of Korea that started in 2014 to support AICHI target 19: “by 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.”  …  

12 Jan 2016 | News story

Massif de l'Ennedi, Chad

Twelve nomination files reviewed for natural World Heritage in 2016

IUCN’s World Heritage Panel gathered last December to consider 12 files for possible inscriptions of natural sites on the World Heritage List in 2016. This includes proposals for boundary changes in two natural World Heritage sites in Russia. As the official Advisory Body on natural World Heritage, IUCN will issue its recommendations six weeks before UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting due to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 10 to 20 July 2016. …  

06 Jan 2016 | News story

Bhitarkanika is the second largest patch of mangroves in India

MFF India announces Call for Concepts under Small Grant Facility

MFF is a partnership-led regional initiative chaired by IUCN and UNDP to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF focuses on the role of healthy, well-managed coastal ecosystems as a contribution to building human resilience in ecosystem dependent coastal communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The initiative uses mangroves as a flagship ecosystem, but MFF is inclusive of all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, sandy beaches, sea grasses and wetlands. The National Coordinating Body of India, chaired by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) provides overall guidance and technical oversight to MFF in India. …  

05 Jan 2016 | News story

Participants attending the training workshop in An Giang Province

Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground

On November 10, BRIDGE financed a training workshop entitled Reporting on Mekong Dams – Science, Policies and Voices from the Ground in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. It was organized by Pan Nature, a Vietnamese NGO, to brief journalists on the concerns and perspectives of local stakeholders on planned dams on the Mekong River. Thirty journalists from national and provincial newspapers and radio and television agencies in the delta attended, as will as representatives from academia and NGOs from Vietnam and other Mekong countries. The workshop report is available HERE. …  

31 Dec 2015 | News story
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The film was shown at Lotte Cinema Saigon South

IUCN Viet Nam and Lotte Cinema joined efforts in carrying out an awareness raising programme on marine turtle conservation in Viet Nam

Within the framework of the cooperation between IUCN and WE Media Company, a community awareness program on wildlife protection that focuses on Sea Turtle Conservation has been implemented. As part of this program, a short film about sea turtle conservation has been shown in Lotte Cinemas before the screening of main films. …  

30 Dec 2015 | News story
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Conference on Sustainable Transport - Booklet

Conference on sustainable transport begins tomorrow

Experts and stakeholders will explore practical opportunities and exchange experiences during a two-day national conference “Paving the Way for Sustainable Transport in Pakistan” starting on December 21. …  

20 Dec 2015 | News story

People riding bicycles over a bridge on the Nam Xong River

New Infographic and Blog: Unseen and unrecognised - allocating water to nature in river systems

By Rebecca Welling. Water for nature is too often sidelined in discussions around built water infrastructure development and subsequent water allocation needs. With increasing demands for food and energy production from a growing global population, many countries look to engineered solutions to bring them water, food and energy security …  

15 Dec 2015 | News story
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Destruction left by tropical storm Stan in Mexico

Blog: Water and climate change: Best available science or Greek tragedy?

By Mark Smith. Fire, earth, air and water. To the ancient Greeks, these were the keys to understanding the world around them. To modern-day climate negotiators? Not so much. …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story
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Water focus square

COP21: Climate change and water - interview with IUCN's Mark Smith

'Water and Climate Resilience' was the focus of the third day of the UN climate change conference in Paris. In this newly released video interview, Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, talks about the key role water plays in the climate change debate.  …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story

Planning session – IUCN Biodiversity Team and HSBC Volunteers

IUCN Sri Lanka and HSBC staff volunteers conducted the baseline survey of the Knuckles Watershed Conservation Project

Funded by HSBC through the Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the ‘Watershed Conservation and Restoration in the Knuckles Conservation Forest and Environmental Protection Area: mini-watershed of Puwakpitiya Oya’ is a three year project, started in October 2015, implemented by IUCN Sri Lanka office in close collaboration with the Forest Department.   …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story

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