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76th meeting of IUCN Council

The 76th meeting of the IUCN Council will take place from 22-25 May 2011, in Gland, Switzerland. …   | French | Spanish

24 Mar 2011 | News story

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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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IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre 'unplugs' for Earth Hour

Message from IUCN's Director General for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, 26 March

A message from IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre for Earth Hour – 8:30pm, Saturday 26 March. …  

24 Mar 2011 | IUCN statement

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ReSource Awards for Sustainable Watershed Management

The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, is a patron of the ReSource Awards. …  

23 Mar 2011 | Event

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Espacios litorales urbanos en Málaga y Norte de Marruecos

Los días 31 de marzo y 1 de abril se celebrarán las Jornadas de intercambio de experiencias para la gestión sostenible de espacios litorales urbanos en Málaga y ciudades del norte de Marruecos, organizada por la Oficina de Medio Ambiente Urbano del Ayuntamiento de Málaga y el Aula del Mar, miembros de UICN. …  

23 Mar 2011 | Event

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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. This means that a tremendous amount of water is needed, for drinking, sanitation, industry and to produce food. Ensuring reliable access to safe water supplies will make the cities of the future truly sustainable. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

Nothern Bald Ibises at their wintering grounds on the Ethiopian highlands in November 2011

Hopes to save the most threatened bird in the Middle East

The Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita is listed on the IUCN Red List as a “Critically Endangered” species on a global scale. It was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian desert in April 2002, following clues from local hunters and Bedouin nomads, in the framework of a UN/DGCS (Italian Development Cooperation) general fauna survey of the area. It suddenly became the rarest and most threatened bird in the Middle East! …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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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

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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