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Dr Ananda Mallawatantri delivering the Keynote address

Dr Ananda Mallawatantri, Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka delivers the keynote address at the Second National Symposium on Marine Environment

Themed Blue oceans blooms blue economy the second National Symposium on Marine Environment was held during 18-19 November, 2015 at the Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo 7. The symposium was organized by the Marine Environment Protection Authority of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment. …  

30 Nov 2015 | News story


MFF SGF Phase 2 Cycle 4 Grantees share their lessons

Phase 2 (Cycle 4) of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Small Grants Facility (SGF) in Sri Lanka came to an end in July 2015. The grant recipients met on the 23 October 2015, in Colombo, to share the lessons they had learned from their projects. …  

30 Nov 2015 | News story

Vultures in the Nepal Himalayas

South Asia Vulture Recovery Programme: saving vultures from extinction

Vultures are among the most highly threatened bird species on the planet, having experienced catastrophic population declines since the 1990s. Various efforts are being done to save these birds. IUCN is working across national borders to ensure vulture survival through the South Asia Vulture Recovery Programme. …  

30 Nov 2015 | Article

Earth inside water droplet

Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN

Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

28 Nov 2015 | International news release

Speakers at the inaugural session of the Blue Economy Consultations in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 November 2015 (L-R): H.E. Mr Mikael Hemniti Winther, Ambassador of Denmark to Thailand and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Thailand; H.E. Rear Admiral (Retd) Md. Khurshed Alam, BN, Permanent Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh; Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP; H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand and Cambodia; Ms Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia; and H.E. Mr Virasakdi Futrakul, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

Inter-regional Blue Economy collaboration urged for climate change resilience in Asia

Representatives from coastal and island countries from across Asia gathered in Bangkok last November 23 to discuss how they can forge stronger inter-regional cooperation to promote Blue Economy approaches to address marine and coastal conservation challenges in the region. …  

24 Nov 2015 | Article

Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005.

Valuing natural capital key to tackling climate change – says IUCN

Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in a keynote speech at the World Forum on Natural Capital, which opened today in Edinburgh, UK. …  

23 Nov 2015 | Article

Butterfly fish and snappers in Trao Reef Marine Reserve, Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province

Blue Economy for Climate Change Resilience: Towards Partnerships and Collaboration

On 23 November 2015, representatives from 11 countries, experts from international agencies, civil society and NGOs will come together for a thematic consultation on the “Blue Economy for Climate Change Resilience: Towards Partnerships and Collaboration” in Bangkok, Thailand. The consultation, which is co-organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh and IUCN’s Asia Regional Office, will focus on creating a roadmap for regional cooperation to promote a vision for Blue Economy in South and South East Asia. …  

18 Nov 2015 | Article

The meaningful consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, such as these Baka women in Cameroon, is an important aspect of the pro-poor approach for REDD

Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples' rights

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’ territories, according to new report published today by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FFP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  

16 Nov 2015 | Article

Participants from the FATA Secretariat, representatives of the KPK government, NGOs, CSOs and academia

Project on Improving Water Governance in FATA Kicks Off

Officials, Experts for Greater focus on Building Environmental Concerns into FATA Development

An inception meeting on Thursday marked the launch of a two-year project aimed at improving water governance in FATA - a region already crippled by instability and environmental degradation over the years. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Participants at COMACON 2015

Managing natural resources better together: conference in Bangkok explores the status of co-management in Bangladesh and the region

In many areas around the world, co-management is recognised as a successful approach to natural resources management. Co-management is a fairly new concept. In the past, many societies had closed systems for the management of natural resources, where one or maybe a few parties, for example, managed the resources (for example, a forest) and decided on its uses and the distribution of its benefits. …  

12 Nov 2015 | Article