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Dr Susan Mainka, Head of IUCN Science and Learning, at the Red Listing consultation in New Delhi, India

IUCN Red Listing Process Commences in India

In a major event to promote conservation in India, IUCN, the Government of India and research institutions make a collective decision to start a comprehensive Red Listing process in the country adopting the IUCN Regional Red Listing Guidelines. …  

17 Mar 2011 | News story
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We emphasize that the Mekong River should never be used to test whether hydropower dam technology succeeds or fails

Xayaburi Dam: waves of unpredictable destruction

Two countries in the Lower Mekong River plan to construct 12 hydropower dams. On September 22, 2010, Laos officially announced its Xayaburi hydropower project, the first of these dams. The Saigon Times discusses this issue with Mr. Nguyen Huu Thien, one of the experts who have embarked on research into the environmental impacts of the 12 dams. …   | Vietnamese

17 Mar 2011 | News story

Japan for Sustainability

Website 'Pray for Japan' launched by CEC member: Send a message

Junko Edahiro of Japan for Sustainability shares a link to her group's new website about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan's Tohoku District. …  

16 Mar 2011 | News story

Ba Be lake in National Park

Ba Be became Vietnam’s third Ramsar Site

In September 1988, the Ramsar Convention Bureau designated Xuan Thuy as Vietnam’s first Ramsar site, and Vietnam became the first contracting party to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, commonly known as the Ramsar Convention, in Southeast Asia. Twenty years later, only one more Ramsar site has been designated: the Bau Sau wetland in the Cat Tien National Park in September 2005. On February 2, 2011, World Wetlands Day, Ba Be National Park was recognised as Vietnam’s third Ramsar site. …   | Vietnamese

16 Mar 2011 | News story

(L-R) Susan Mainka, Aban Marker Kabraji, Ashok Khosla and Kartikeya V Sarabhai

IUCN India Office Organises India Conservation Rendezvous 2011

IUCN India Office organises its first India Conservation Rendezvous to promote and create spaces for discussions and debates on conservation. …  

15 Mar 2011 | News story
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Dr Robert Mather (left) participates in a panel discussion at the Watershed Management Conference.

From Local Watershed Management to Integrated River Basin Management at National and Transboundary Levels

Participants of the IUCN led Mekong Water Dialogues joined the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, from 9-11 March 2011, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the region and across the world. …  

14 Mar 2011 | Event

media tour

Media get an opportunity to witness issues related to ecosystems with special reference to tourism development in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka

The coastal stretch from Pottuvil to Panama on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka is blessed with a wide array of tourist attractions. . These include bays famous for surfing and bathing, coastal waters rich with fish resources, lagoons providing ideal niches for prawns, crabs and lobsters, rich mangrove stands – a heaven for aquatic fauna and birds, wide sandy beaches for beach lovers and tall sand dunes for those who seek adventures.  

14 Mar 2011 | News story
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Water course rehabilitation in Sabakzai, Balochistan

Supporting traditional water systems in Pakistan

Karez systems in Pakistan are traditional practices of water tapping and channelling. Due to overpumping of groundwater aquifers in Balochistan province, of an estimated 800 karezes, 175 have dried up in recent decades. …  

10 Mar 2011 | News story

Low water levels in Hau Giang Province

Environmental trends and adaptation options in Mekong delta

In December 2010, IUCN supported two workshops in the Mekong Delta. The first workshop, organized by Can Tho University, reviewed environmental conditions and trends in the delta. The overall conclusion was that state-led efforts to “re-plump” the Mekong Delta have had significant unexpected outcomes. Indeed, it can be considered a case study in the law of unintended consequences associated with large-scale infrastructure development. …   | Vietnamese

09 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