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Huascarán, Ecuador

Acting beyond boundaries to address urban water challenge

You cannot optimize water in cities without looking at the natural water basin or catchment areas which are serving them” said Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Water Programme during a recent workshop at the UN World Water Day conference in Cape Town. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer.

Search for Nature Photojournalist of the Year

Photojournalists, both professional and amateur, are invited to enter the first ever Nature Images Awards organised by IUCN and French nature magazine Terre Sauvage. Judges will be looking for entries which use inspirational images of nature to demonstrate the unique relationship between people and the natural world. …   | Chinese

29 Mar 2011 | News story

Sixoala watershed workshop

Climate change resilience and good water governance in Mesoamerica

A recent workshop in the Sixaola River watershed, located on the Caribbean side of the Costa Rica-Panama border, highlighted the vulnerability of communities to increasing climate change impacts. …   | Spanish

28 Mar 2011 | News story

Opening CBD COP10

IUCN hosts UN discussions on making gender environmental benchmark

Gender issues could be the common thread running through global environment and development work, and therefore be at the centre of restructuring the UN system to be more consistent across agencies, programmes and conventions. …  

24 Mar 2011 | News story

A nomad family in Qinghai, China

Call for Small Grant Award on Gender, Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security

CGIAR has launched a new program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS’ overall goal is to overcome the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management. …  

24 Mar 2011 | Article
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James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Woman carrying wood and leaves

World’s poorest billion to gain from managing own forests

The lives of a billion of the world’s poorest people could be improved though investing in community forest management, according to a recent IUCN study. As the world celebrates World Forest Day, IUCN urges decision-makers to recognize the various benefits of forests for forest-dependent communities. …  

21 Mar 2011 | International news release

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

International Women’s Day – women in forest communities need louder voice

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2011, IUCN is calling for women in forest communities to be given more control of the management of forests and to be involved in decisions relating to them. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story

arborvitae 43: Intégration de l’égalité des genres

arborvitae Issue 43 - Attending to gender

  • Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
  • Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
  • Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
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08 Mar 2011 | News story