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Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Japanese vision – the New Strategic Plan, a decade of biodiversity and raising awareness with origami

After the scientific and technical discussions in Nairobi, the eyes of the conservation world will be moving towards Nagoya, Japan, where Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October this year to make binding decisions on the future of the world’s biodiversity. The Japan Committee for IUCN has been working to make every effort to ensure that this event, which is crucial for the future of our planet, has a high profile in Japan. Professor Masahito Yoshida is the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN. Here he answers questions about the Committee’s work, its role in the CBD conference and how the Japan Committee for IUCN uses origami to raise awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity, all life on earth. …  

21 May 2010 | News story

Left to right:
Mr. Jawed Ali Khan, Director General (Environment), Minsitry of Environment, 
Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Head, IUCN Islamabd Office, 
Dr. Ishfaq ahmad Khan, Advisor (Science and Technology), Government of Pakistan 
Dr. Peter Hayes, senior Climate Change Specialist (Asian Development Bank)

National Consultative Workshop on; “Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan”

Islamabad, 20 May 2010 (IUCN) A national consultative workshop titled: ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan’ was organized by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Islamabad today. …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

from left to right – Mr Kamran Lashari - Mr. M.A. Cheema – Mr. Muhammad Javed Malik.

A one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’

Islamabad, 19 May 2010: IUCN Pakistan, Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI – Asia), in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and United Nations Environment Programme’s project Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), organized a one-day National Workshop titled ‘Moving Towards Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Pakistan’ at Islamabad today. …  

19 May 2010 | News story

A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

New prescription needed for medicinal plants

Medicinal plants are valuable species: they provide income and healthcare to thousands of people around the world. Greater numbers of people rely on traditional medicine, mostly based on herbs, for their primary healthcare than ‘conventional’ or western medicine. But 15,000 species of medicinal plants are globally threatened from, amongst others, loss of habitat, overexploitation, invasive species and pollution. …  

18 May 2010 | International news release

Forest dweller living off the resources of the forest

Saving biodiversity isn't rocket science

The best possible science needs to be available to governments and policy makers as they strive to find solutions to the biodiversity crisis. Independent, credible scientific advice delivered in a relevant and readily usable way for decision making is the key to effective policies. …  

17 May 2010 | International news release

Provincial Consultative Workshop on ‘Impacts of Climate Change Workshop on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan'

Karachi 14th May, 2010: A provincial consultative workshop titled: ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Indus Basin: Coping Strategies for Pakistan’ was organized by IUCN in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Karachi on May 14, 2010 with the support of the Asian Development Bank.  …  

14 May 2010 | News story

5th Forum on Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China

Fifth Forum on Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China

China and Southeast Asian nations renewed their efforts for regional cooperation in the timber trade this spring, as environmental activists, government officials, and businesspeople gathered in Beijing for the Fifth Forum on Trade of Legal and Sustainable Wood in China from March 30-31. …  

11 May 2010 | News story

Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity

Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity

IUCN Sri Lanka Office and the Sri Lanka Ministry of Environment held a celebratory event with the media and IUCN Members on the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) on 5 May, 2010 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo.  

07 May 2010 | News story
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US Ambassador to Lao PDR HE Ravic Huso and IUCN Lao PDR Country Representative Ms Latsamay Sylavong exchange signed grant agreements

U.S. Embassy Provides Assistance to Help Conserve Gibbons in Lao PDR

On May 5, U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR, Ravic R. Huso, and Mme Latsamay Sylavong, Country Director of IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Lao PDR, participated in a grant signing ceremony.  

06 May 2010 | Event
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Participants in a CEPA workshop to create a Tiger Action Plan in Bangladesh do the tiger jump.

Tiger Conservation Communication: CEPA Workshop in Sundarbans

CEC members Frits Hesselink and Malcolm Whitehead facilitated a five-day CEPA workshop on board a boat cruising the Sundarbans. It was strategic communication planning meeting of the Tiger Action Plan, launched by the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, and inspired by the CEPA Toolkit. …  

06 May 2010 | News story