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New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story

Workshop participants visit ‘water onion’ conservation site.

Lao National Working Group members see environmental flows in action in Thailand

Member of the Lao National Working Group for the Mekong Water Dialogues, Ms Phetlavanh Sinpaseuth from Earth Systems Lao, writes about a recent field trip and training workshop on the importance of environmental flows, organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

07 Dec 2011 | Event
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The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

First action plan for world’s blue carbon policy

The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been presented in a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI). …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2011 | News story

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Showcasing MFF in Sri Lanka

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative has been in operation is Sri Lanka for the past four years, and had carried many activities ranging from the preparation of MFF National Strategy and Action Plan, implementation of small and large grants projects, conducting coastal and marine related scientific studies, providing capacity building opportunities to both government and non-governmental sectors to generation of knowledge products. 

06 Dec 2011 | News story
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Ven Sorn is harvesting green mussels in koh Kang area

Massive green mussel die-offs in Koh Kang

 The widespread mortality of green mussels in Koh Kang area worries farmers as they observe the changes in seasons. …  

30 Nov 2011 | Article

House submerged in Hong Ngu district, Dong Thap Province during floods (taken in September 2011)

Man vs. nature: flooding in the Mekong Delta

The recent flooding in the Mekong Delta has forced decision makers to address an important question: does it make sense for the state to support the high levels of investment in large-scale water resource management infrastructure needed to produce a third crop of rice. The answer depends on who you ask and how you define the costs and benefits. Many researchers and farmers representatives argue that the direct and hidden costs of a third crop exceed the benefits in terms of the extra rice produced. But many government officials insist that a third crop of rice makes economic sense.   …   | Vietnamese

30 Nov 2011 | Article
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The last Javan Rhino was found dead in Vietnam

What hope for Vietnam’s highly threatened wildlife?

In 2012, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) will lead the preparation of a new National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). Vietnam’s first NBSAP was approved in 1995 (with a minor revision 2007). A lot has happened in the past 16 years so this new NBSAP will be a complete rewrite. It will need to include the Aichi Biodiversity targets, a set of 20 indicators that were agreed to at the CBD COP held in Nagoya in 2010. To produce a new NBSAP on time and of high quality will require input from many government agencies, research center, universities, and NGOs. It will need to be based on an honest assessment of what has worked and what hasn’t in biodiversity conservation. It will also need to set priorities. The below article, which was presented at a BCA workshop in Ba Vi on November 18, says, IUCN advocates for a focus on those species that are both highly threatened and endemic (or almost endemic) to Vietnam. …  

29 Nov 2011 | Article
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World Vision Lanka (Guarantee) Limited joined hands with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sri Lanka to contribute to sustainable development and conservation

Colombo, 28 November, 2011-World Vision Lanka (Guarantee) Limited joined hands with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sri Lanka to contribute to sustainable development and conservation through working collaboratively and sharing information, best practice approaches and technical expertise.   

29 Nov 2011 | News story
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IUCN Membership tops 1200

On 16 November 2011, the 77th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 52 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized the Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members. IUCN Membership now tops 1200 organizations and institutions. …   | French | Spanish

29 Nov 2011 | News story

IUCN China side event at Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2011

Forest Restoration and Livelihood Improvement: IUCN Side Event at APFW

IUCN and the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) presented the 'Forest Restoration and Livelihood Improvement' session at the Asia Pacific Forestry Week on November 11th, 2011. …  

24 Nov 2011 | Article