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Empowering Farmers on water management in small irrigation systems: Training of Farmers in the Kapiriggama cascade tank system in North Central Province of Sri Lanka

IUCN-HSBC project on Ecological Restoration of the Kapiriggama Cascade Tank System in Anuradhapura, North Central Province is aiming to improve the water use efficiency in ancient tank systems. These tank systems that are linked (a cascade) allow recycling of water multiple times as irrigation water. Project components include, improving the capacity of the tanks through partial de-siltation, adopting organic farming, improving drainage conditions, protecting tank bunds and adjacent areas and building the capacity of farmers and officers.  

30 Jun 2015 | News story

Water law discussions during the hydro-diplomacy training workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 27-28 April 2015.

Cambodia hydro-diplomacy training contributes to enhanced understanding on the application of international water law principles in 3S basins

“Awareness on the principle and laws governing use of international waters is the key to resolve conflict and strengthen cooperation in shared river basins” …  

29 Jun 2015 | Article

SOS - Save Our Species, Manis javanica, Sunda Pangolin, Dan Challender

SOS and Fondation Segré announce new International Pangolin Conservation Initiative

This week, as the world’s first ever Pangolin Range States workshop takes place in Da Nang Province, Vietnam, SOS and Fondation Segré are delighted to announce a two-year international Pangolin Conservation Initiative taking place in Cameroon, Thailand and China. …  

26 Jun 2015 | News story

Abandoned shrimp ponds covered with trash before the project

Nuturing nature for better livelihoods

Like many other coastal areas in Vietnam, the rapid expansion of shrimp farms was the main driver of mangrove loss in Tan Xuan Village, Gio Viet Commune, Quang Tri Province. When we first visited the village in 2012, all four hectares of shrimp pond had been abandoned after production had collapsed. Even worse, some of the ponds had been turned into dumping grounds for the whole village, polluting the canal water and threatening the remaining patches of mangroves. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

New day in Mekong Delta

Why the region needs the UN Watercourses Convention

On June 4, at an international conference in Ben Tre, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke strongly about the risks of growing competition over water and the need for greater international cooperation to avoid conflict. He urged countries to "develop new ways of thinking", to deliver "tangible cooperation on efficient and sustainable water management" and above all "to translate words and commitments into concrete actions."   …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

A Mangroves for the Future eco-tourism project in Viet Nam.

IUCN and PATA announce new partnership

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) strengthen focus on sustainable tourism in the Asia Pacific region. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

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Investigating the impacts of infrastructure on ecology and coastal livelihoods: MFF small grant study on land use options for Thondamanaru Lagoon, Sri Lanka

The Thondamanaru Lagoon is a brackish water body. During the rainy season it covers an area of approximately 30 sq miles with an average dept of 1.5 meters.  In 1953, the Irrigation Department established a barrage with sluice gates about 0.4 km from the mouth of the lagoon. 

19 Jun 2015 | News story

IUCN-DMCR Workshop June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s New Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act: Engaging Coastal Communities in Conservation

In June 2015, IUCN and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) of Thailand came together to discuss the implementation of the new Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act that will come into force by the end of this month. IUCN and DMCR will work closely together to ensure that the conservation and enforcement tools under this new law are truly implemented for the benefit of coastal communities and ecosystems. …  

19 Jun 2015 | Article

Installing demarcation poles around fish conservation area in Kampong Phluk

Fish conservation areas and local support

A mid-term review was recently completed of the EU funded and IUCN and FACT implemented project Strengthening capacity of fishing communities in the Tonle Sap to manage their natural resources sustainably, which has helped establish and test the value of fish conservation areas (FCAs) in the Tonle Sap. …  

17 Jun 2015 | Article
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On the verge of extinction: A look at endangered species in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

The Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, which covers Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and parts of southern China, is one of the most biologically rich − and highly threatened − places on the globe. …  

16 Jun 2015 | Article

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