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World Wetlands Day-2011, celebrated at Shaheed-e-Millat, Government College for Women at Karachi

Karachi: IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with Shaheed-e-Millat Government College for Women organised the World Wetlands Day 2011 at the auditorium of the college. The slogan for the year is: “Wetlands and Forests”.  …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

Video message of IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention

IUCN congratulates the Ramsar Convention on its 40th anniversary

Video message of IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention …  

02 Feb 2011 | News story

Sorting cola  nuts, Ghana

Raise the value of forests, says IUCN

A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report. …   | French | Spanish

01 Feb 2011 | International news release

Wetlands of Viet Nam

World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands

Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of particular poignancy as 2011 is the International Year of Forests. …  

01 Feb 2011 | News story

Flooded forests in the Tonle Sap Preak Toel wetlands, Cambodia

Lower Mekong River communities celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day, an international day focused on highlighting the importance of wetlands to community livelihoods and aims to raise public awareness of wetland values. …  

01 Feb 2011 | News story

Waste management in Muncipality of Klaeng

Zero Waste – aiming towards a better environment

“Proper waste management practices could lead to ‘zero waste’ and a better and healthy environment for our future generations”, says Mr. Apidol Chareonaksorn (Kru Duj) from the Environment Resource Unit, Rung Aroon School. …  

01 Feb 2011 | Article
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Groundwater dependant ecosystems support livelihoods in Vietnam

World Wetlands Day – Healthy forests, healthy wetlands

Background: Wetlands, such as mangroves, peat forests and freshwater swamp forests, are home to a wealth of biodiversity. To mark this year’s World Wetlands Day on Wednesday 2 February, IUCN is highlighting the role and importance of forests in wetlands, of particular poignancy as 2011 is the International Year of Forests. This year’s World Wetlands Day also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention. Ramsar protected wetland sites cover an area of 186 million hectares, about the size of Mexico, the largest protected area network in the world. …  

31 Jan 2011 | Media advisory

We live because the earth lives

This frog isn't just a frog...

We share the planet with as many as 13 million different living species. This rich biodiversity provides us with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services we depend upon to live. We are part of nature and we have the power to protect or destroy it.
   
 

30 Jan 2011 | Video

A meeting of forestry schools in Mbalmayo, Cameroon

The value of investing in locally-controlled forestry

Forests are a good investment option. In the words of one of the world’s leading international news and business weeklies: 

28 Jan 2011 | Downloads - document

Pygmy Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit – species hopping out of view?

Background: Celebrations begin on Thursday 3 February 2011 to mark the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rabbit. However, as we enter this new cycle in the Chinese zodiac, conservationists are warning that, in spite of their reputation as prolific breeders, nearly one in four rabbits, hares and pikas - from the order known as lagomorphs - are classified as Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

26 Jan 2011 | Media advisory