Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

Celebrating World Wetlands Day

Every year World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2 February, marking the day of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, 41 years ago in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This year the theme of World Wetlands Day is ‘Wetland Tourism, A Great Experience’. …  

02 Feb 2012 | News story

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Oliver Kent, President of the CPAWS National Board; Nik Lopoukhine, J.B. Harkin 2011award winner; Sherri Watson, Past president of the CPAWS National Board and chair of the Harkin Award Committee

IUCN WCPA Chair Nik Lopoukhine honored for his commitment to Canada’s protected areas

Nik Lopoukhine, Chair of IUCN WCPA, was honored with the J.B. Harkin Award yesterday for his life-long commitment to Canadian conservation. The award, named after the “Father of National Parks” J.B. Harkin, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness. …  

02 Feb 2012 | News story
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Le guide sur la gouvernance partagée des AMP ouest africaines désormais disponible en trois langues

L’ouvrage  «  … En gouvernance partagée : un guide pratique pour les AMP d’Afrique de l’Ouest », lancé en 2010 dans sa version française en marge du 5ème Forum régional marin et côtier est désormais disponible en ligne en version anglaise et portugaise. …  

02 Feb 2012 | News story
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Cane fields such as this were heavily affected.

Nature can help lessen flood impacts says IUCN

While flooding in the western division of Vitilevu in Fiji cannot be avoided or prevented, its impacts can be minimized if nature’s health is kept intact says IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  …  

02 Feb 2012 | News story

Sand Mining in Sth Africa

Mining and conservation working together

IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) which builds on the 2004-2008 ICMM-IUCN Dialogue and marks the start of a new phase in the working relationship. …  

01 Feb 2012 | News story

Thomas Elmqvist

Opinion: How can cities build resilience while avoid eroding it somewhere else?

The world is increasingly urban, interconnected and shifting, writes Thomas Elmqvist. The world’s 20 fastest growing urban regions are in countries like China, India and Nigeria, not Europe or North America. By 2050, almost three billion more people will live in cities and the world will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in all of human history. …  

01 Feb 2012 | Article
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Asturias, Spain

Naturally Europe

In the past, Europe was more rural that today. People had a daily connection to nature for their livelihoods and well-being. Today, many living in cities throughout the region have lost this connection. Perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, European landscapes have been changed by human activity during the past centuries. The relentless march of economic development and urban settlement has put the continent’s natural resources under immense pressure and much of the region’s biodiversity has been lost. …  

01 Feb 2012 | Article

Gorgeous George - a Grand Cayman Blue Iguana

The day I met Godzilla...

Fred Burton heads a mission in the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands to rescue the iconic Grand Cayman Blue Iguana from extinction. His story is a rare thing in conservation: success on a shoestring. …  

01 Feb 2012 | Article

Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania

Advance Albania

What can be done to help Albania—a country of rich natural wealth but where many people struggle to make ends meet? One plan under way is to get the country’s national parks and other protected areas to support the needs of people as well as nature. …  

01 Feb 2012 | News story

Children in Anggra-Arfak Mountains, West Papua

The future we want - preparing for Rio+20

Preparations are gearing up for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development that takes place in June, with the release of the so-called ‘zero draft’ of the conference’s outcome document. …  

31 Jan 2012 | News story